Summary: Yes, this printer prints like a laser jet printer should. Yes, it looks better than an ink jet. But unless you only plan only printing 8.5x11" jobs, it is a waste of money. If you print ANY custom sized envelope, the printer will clean itself after every one. It takes a minute and a half to print the second envelope, and you have to push OK to have it recognize the envelope size. The printer is not worth having for only printing regular sized jobs.
Summary: While this is a solid printer with full control over printing options when used with a PC, the lack of control when printing from an iPhone or iPad make it prohibitively expensive for AirPrint. Because you cannot preview or select the particular page you wish to print from Safari, or any other app that I've tried, you must print the whole document. To make things worse, you cannot select B&W when you do not need color.
Summary: I've been using it for a month now. The print quality, especially the colors 'snapping' off the page compared to my ink jet, is very nice. My dissatisfactions: 1) slow print speed, especially for b&w. 2) the printer suddenly finding a need to calibrate or clean itself, even when it hasn't been in use for awhile, which makes some quiet level of noise 3) the munchkin sized print tray, which runs out of paper very quickly even for my 1-person office 4) the cost of toner,...
Excerpt: Print output is fine, no complaints about that. It is a power hog, but all laser printers are. It's slow, but the "warm up" is quick enough. To re-stock the toner costs roughly half of the original printer purchase cost.
Summary: Great printer, meets my needs, and operationally very sound. However, here's what kept it from getting 5 stars: (1) Software (CD and online) does not support Mac OSx 10.7 (Lion). You don't find that out until you try to do an install. Even the 150mb download online doesn't work with 10.7. Seriously HP?? 10.7 has been out since July. Get with the program... Here's the best part, just plug in the printer via USB and Apple will take care of you.
Summary: This is a nice printer priced competitively. It is slow but that doesn't bother me because I don't print much. Wireless setup has not done well,however. Tech support at HP was easy to get on the phone but they didn't solve the problem. I have an older offbrand wireless router supplied by my cable company and the HP tech person couldn't get it to recognize the printer.
Summary: I bought this printer because I wanted the convenience of printing photos at home whenever I wanted. I didn't get an inkjet because I only print photos once in a while and the ink cartridges invariably go dry, run out, etc... But this printer does not print good photos - and I'm using the best paper there is - HP Color Laser Photo Paper 220g The pictures come out too dark, and cartoonish. IMO, if you're looking to print photos, don't bother.
MAC users! New driver from HP fixes the offline issue.
16 May 2011
Summary: This printer never connects (during idle) to my MBP, unless I reset the printer (on/off). Setting up was bit of hassle, but I got it working and when it prints it works well, but when it's idling, it doesn't get connected until I shut down and turn it back on. It's been really annoying. Print quality seems to be pretty good, kinda slow but acceptable, it's the reset I can't stand. It will be going back, unless one you reader has solution(s).
Summary: My expectations in this category are high. The color laser market is very mature and I think HP could do some more here to make the printer experience better. Namely noise level, software, and supply costs. I upgraded from a 2600n which was ready for new toner. It's crazy that I can buy this new printer for less than the cost of the set of cartridges for the old. The two units have about the same noise level, but the new is about half the size which is nice.
Summary: Something people need to know about this printer and other 1500, 2000, and 2500 series laser printers from HP - they can't print on glossy stock! Not even stock from HP - they're "incompatible". They run too hot and the toner smears all over the paper, gumming up the machine, which then needs clean sheets run through it to clean up. Funny, considering HP says glossy is "supported" with the printer.