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A FIne Printer,
This review is from: HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw Color Printer (CE914A) (Office Product)
I bought the CP1025nw in early December. I use a MacBook (which runs OS 10.5.8) with Airport and a Cisco Linksys broadband G router.
I used the CD provided for installation and found it to be a straightforward process with no bloatware. There was one complicated step when I had to create a print queue, but I figured it out on my own: not HP's fault. The wireless set up works well from any point in my apartment (max. 30 feet or so from the printer.)
I print relatively infrequently (maybe a few pages each day) so I didn't want an inkjet whose nozzles would dry up. This laser printer has good color, a fast response time and print time. Black and white text looks especially good. As with any color printer, the paper you use affects print quality as much as the printer itself.
I have not had to change a toner cartridge but expect no difficulties if I follow the instructions provided.
I also need to connect the printer to my HP Pavilion a1110n desktop which runs Ubuntu 10.04. Although hplip.com is supposed to provide drivers for this, the site has been down for over a month, so I have no idea how easy or hard that install is going to be when (if?!) HP gets the site up again.
Overall, straightforward set up, strong wireless connectivity and decent printing results. The jury is still out on replacing toner (how soon will I have to do it and how easy will it be?), on using with Linux and on getting over my annoyance that a full manual is not provided with the printer.
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Initial post: Jan 6, 2011 5:40:07 PM PST
Stacie Dasher says:
We're thinking of buying this to use with Ubuntu & Windows 7. Have you had a chance to hook it up to your Linux computer yet? If so, how did it go?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 7:30:56 PM PST
Elaine Vozar says:
dear stacie -- thanks for this -- i just checked hp's linux site -- hplip.com -- and it's still down -- i know virtually nothing about linux/ubuntu so am relying on hp to give me the drivers and instructions in as easy and clear a way as possible -- i'm sure there is somewhere else to find the drivers online... -- here's hoping hp will fix their site soon... -- good luck -- george.
Posted on Jan 15, 2011 7:51:34 AM PST
T. Reynolds says:
The sites for the linux drivers are hplip.net (not .com) or hplipopensource.com (says site offline, but does provide a link to the drivers). There is also additional information at launchpad.net/hplip
Posted on Jan 17, 2011 8:46:37 AM PST
L. A. Hansen says:
HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw Color Printer (CE914A)
Thanks for the detailed review. I bought this printer a few days ago (from Office Depot) and love it. It was easy to set up for my MacBook Pro (OS 10.6.6)--for setting up the wireless, just had to click the More Info box during the install process to be told to connect the USB in order to complete the process. Easy as pie! I'm printing color photos of plants and trees and the color is astonishingly good.
I have a workhorse HP LaserJet 6MP (monochrome) that I bought in 1998 and is still going strong. Laser jet is a fine product.
When I bought a new Mac in 2005, I got a new HP printer that had a rebate equal to its purchase price--so, it was essentially free. Remember that there is no free lunch. Turns out that it was a new-fangled inkjet -- the cost of using an inkjet is far greater than the attraction of a low purchase price. It's a great money-making racket for the inkjet makers--I bet they're laughing all the way to the bank. At $30 per cartridge, which has low print volume compared to a laser jet cartridge, that attractive purchase price just hurts!
Spend a little more up front and get a laser jet--check the printed page estimates per cartridge.
Office Depot has great customer service, the tech folks really know the products, and the prices are always competitive.
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