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5.0 out of 5 stars Great printer for seminary (graduate school)!, March 2, 2011
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This review is from: HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw Color Printer (CE914A) (Office Product)
I'm a seminary student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. We write many many papers for our classes. I needed a laser printer as my old HP LaserJet 1100, which in "computer years" was 100 years old, was about to give up the ghost.

But I really wanted color because I'm a visual learner and utilize charts and other colorful tools for my Greek and Hebrew and other classes. And, note that from a "cost-per-page" standpoint, lasers just about always beat inkjets, sometimes significantly.

Enter the HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw. I first spotted it at an Office supply store. It has a relatively small footprint compared to the other models. I looked at reviews here on Amazon and found that the only real problem with this printer is speed. And for me, that is not a problem at all. Also, some folks suggest this unit is not a great photo printer, and I would agree with that as far as it goes. But please note that generally speaking, Laser Printers are not interested in being the best at photo printing. **This is a document printer.** That means photos in docs are going to look great. If you want to print photos and then frame them, get an inkjet.

Print quality is excellent, on par with the higher dollar color lasers. Wireless setup is okay, although I really wish these manufacturers would ditch the intrusive software installs. There are workarounds for this and once you get the printer's IP address set, you can run the whole thing via the built in Web server, just create a TCP/IP port on your PC or Mac, and just use the barebones driver. The built in Web server is great for checking toner status, etc., and won't slow down your computer with a bunch of software overhead.

I agree that speed was clearly not an objective of the designers of this printer. If you need fast, you are going to need to spend more.

However, it seems HP's objective was to bring a color laser printer to market that is less than $200 and still prints great...and in that regard they have succeeded very well! If you are someone who wants to print great looking documents that will cost much less than printing them on an inkjet (and look much better than those printed on an inkjet), then this printer is for you.

I'm quite blessed (and very thankful) to own mine.
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Initial post: May 13, 2011 5:42:08 AM PDT
Let me echo, with a chuckle, what Mark has said. While I'm not a seminary student ( I was an engineering student with a double major in philosophy, which is probably pretty close) I am coming to this printer from a Laserjet 1100. Though when mine gave up the ghost and started swallowing half the paper supply, I put my fist into it rather than simply retiring it as I am sure Mark did.

So I went to the local office supply store, bought the thing and it cranked out a color and B&W segment of a long PDF report in a reasonable time after a reasonably quick and painless setup. Had money for something like this in a project budget, so when the 1100 went to its reward, easy decision.

It is precisely as he put it, a document printer that will also do color nicely and reasonably fast and with lower costs and less noise than an inkjet. It's not meant to be the main printer for a multi-user office, though perfectly fine for a home business like mine. It's not an all-in-one scanner-printer-fax-bottle opener-whatever. And it's not specificly a photo printer. You want one of those, get a different model.

Installation on Windows 7 ( 32 and 64 bit) was easy enough, will try installing it with XP one of these days. The Energy-Star power-off feature is nice and you don't have annoying lights on all the time. Consumables, while cheaper than most, are a good deal more than inkjets.

hope that's of use

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2011 8:42:55 AM PDT
A. Tsai says:
Does it have any issue with duplex printing (manual)? I have read that might be a problem with other HP LaserJet printers when printing large documents. But thus far none of the reviews have mentioned manual duplex printing or any potential issues with that. Thanks for your reply.
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