HP's submission to the month's roundup has the dubious distinction of being the joint most expensive printer to run. But where we are just about ready to forgive the Samsung ML-1630W for its trendy lines and wireless functions, the HP LaserJet P1005 isn't so lucky.
Although the printer is very cheap to buy at #72 exc VAT, you will quickly end up regretting your penny-pinching manners as the low-capacity starter capsule (700 pages) and costly replacements (#44 each 1,500 pages) start to rack up. In the end, after 10,000 pages only two printers will have cost you the far more capable Lexmark E260dn and the Samsung ML-1630W.
Things start to think of the print quality, which can be above average. Text in all useable font sizes is crisp and black with personalities that are well-formed, and photographic outcome - although a small grainy - is free from banding.
But alas, the great news does not last long. Print speed is slow at a ranked 14ppm and although the HP matches these claims for plain text, using a quick processing time of just two seconds our tougher evaluations needed it floundering. We waited a painful 50 minutes before it started to print our 12-page Excel spreadsheet, even though it did manage to churn through those pages at a rate of 12ppm once it chose to get started. Our 24-page DTP document slowed it further to 9ppm.
The last nail in the coffin of this printer, however, is that the quality of the opposition: that the P1005 is simply too expensive, too slow and also basic to compete. Within this price bracket, Brother's HL-2035 beats it hands down into every conceivable department.
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