HardwareA fairly compact model (39.9 x 50.5 x 25.4 cm), it does nevertheless weigh more than a dead donkey! There's no touch screen, just a liquid crystal display (4.7 cm) and a few buttons (see photo below) including the indispensable cancel print. It supports PCL6 and Postscript level 3 and is Windows, Mac and Linux compatible. However there's no scanner, copier, fax or double-sided feature. Nor will you find a card reader here.
SpeedsPrint speed isn't comparable to competition models, such as the Brother HL-4570CDW which manages 30 pages per minute (ppm). Black & white speed is pretty good at 13 ppm however. This is hardly any slower than the LaserJet Pro M1212nf (16ppm).
There's no draft mode, which is a drawback when it comes to economising on ink.
Print quality is excellent. The characters on our test graph are sharp and legible and the shaded areas perfectly reproduced on colour prints, though slightly less precise on the black & whites.
Although lasers aren't designed for photo prints, we did test the CP1525nw and the results were quite surprising. Quality is well above average for this type of printer. Of course, in spite of this, the results aren't comparable to what you get with a good inkjet on photo paper.
Energy consumption & noise levels
This printer consumes 5 Watts on standby and 185 Watts when printing. While power consumption when printing is relatively low, standby consumption, which we consider to be particularly important in view of the fact that this is the mode printers spend most of their time in, is too high here. Again, compared to the Brother HL-4570CDW (1 Watts in standby), the CP1525nw comes off worse. 1 Watt is still rare but it's to be hoped that this sort of standby score becomes much more common on forthcoming generations.
Looking at noise levels, we're at 46 dB(A) here, which makes this a quiet printer.
Cost per page: 14.8 pence.
It's no surprise (with an HP) to see that the start-up cartridges (delivered with the printer) offer a yield that's two times down on new ones purchased separately, but it's still just as annoying. While the four separated cartridges exist in just one format (standard), capacity is equivalent to what you get with the XLs supplied with the Dell 1350cnw. This one also works out cheaper.
At the end of the day, then, cost per page is reasonable. Go for black & white if you don't need colour as this will bring costs down to 2.8 pence per page.
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