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Excellent Choice for Home Office
on December 4, 2010
I am self-employed and work alone out of a home office, providing professional services to clients. I recently purchased an HP LaserJet P2055d printer directly from HP -- on sale at an excellent price and I got an additional discount through my professional association. The P2055d replaced my 15-year-old HPLJ5p, which I gave to my wife because her Canon InkJet C600 had died -- and HP offered me [...] to trade that in (they even paid the shipping). So, it was super deal as far as I'm concerned.
I wanted something similar to my old HLPJ5p, that is just a black-and-white laser printer -- I have no need for color in my business, and I did not want an all-in-one unit as I have a separate fax machine (rarely used anymore due to e-mail) and scanner. I figure that it's better to have separate machines as a problem with one will still allow me to use the others. I also have no need for a network printer such as the more expensive P2055dn, although I can still print to the P2055d from my laptop or my wife's computer through the router as long as my desktop computer is on (the P2055d is connected to my desktop via a USB cable).
I particularly like the P2055d's speed, which is many times faster than my old 5p, and its ability to do automatic duplex (two-sided) printing as well as single-sided printing; duplex not only saves paper but filing space as well. The print quality is exceptional, true 1200 dpi, which creates very professional-looking output -- image counts in my business. Also, as someone else pointed out, the CE505X high-capacity toner cartridges (rated at 6500 pages) are also great -- excellent price on them from Amazon. The paper drawer has good capacity, about half a ream, the same as my old HPLJ5p. The printer also handles envelopes, letterhead, and labels easily via a separate paper feed. And the printer has a relatively small footprint, actually a bit smaller than my old 5P (but a tad taller), so it fits nicely on the cabinet adjacent to my desk.
My only complaint is the difficulty I had installing the correct driver. I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit, and the driver initially found and installed by Windows did not allow for duplex printing and was limited to 600 dpi. A call to HP support was not very helpful -- the tech had me download and install another driver, which was rather limited (instead of 1200 dpi, it included only high and low resolution). However, I decided to try one of the other drivers on the HP site, and after some trial and error got it running. Perfect! The correct driver file as of December 2010 is called "P2055_default_install_v6.1_ww.exe"; it's Version 61.093.02.77 (dated 3 Jun 2010). Make sure the printer's USB cable is not plugged in until the installation routine asks you to do so.