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HP LaserJet P1505n review

A networkable printer, but does it justify its pricetag?

Our Verdict

A fairly good printer, but you can find better elsewhere for a similar price

For

  • Decent print speeds

Against

  • Quite noisy
  • Print quality is mixed

HP claims its LaserJet P1505n measures 243mm front to back, but this figure ignores the paper tray that flips down at the front.

You also need to flip out a support to catch printed output, but despite these points the HP remains a small printer.

The main tray hold 250 sheets of paper and the upper surface of the tray can support ten more sheets that feed into the priority feed slot. The trays are open to the elements, so the paper may get dusty over time.

The top of the printer hinges open to give access to the introductory toner cartridge, which has a life of 1000 pages, after which you'll pay £44 (inc. VAT) for a 2000-page CB436A cartridge which works out to 2.2p per page.

Economy mode

On the left-hand side there are four status lights and two control buttons (Go and Job Cancel), with a power button on the front.

You have to open printer properties in the Control Panel to change the resolution from 600dpi to 1,200dpi.

We tried both settings and found there was little noticeable difference as the quality of the HP output is superb by default. The other option in the drivers is to use EconoMode which may save print cartridges in the long run.

Loud but speedy

HP uses the same 266MHz processor in the slower LaserJet P1005 and P1006 models, but manages to crank the P1505n up to a claimed speed of 23ppm that we measured at a true 19ppm.

On the downside, this is a noisy machine. We could clearly see paper handling marks along the length of the paper, largely due to the combination of the small size of the printer and the high speed at which it prints.

The basic LaserJet P1505 sells for £82, so the addition of 10/100 networking on this model doubles the price to £155 and you don't get an Ethernet cable included.

There's no doubt the HP is a competent printer, but you can get quieter and faster networked printers for a similar price from Epson.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLaser Printer
Green CompliantYes
EthernetYes
Standard Input Media Capacity260 sheets
USBYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)23
Product FamilyLaserJet P1500
Maximum Print Resolution600 x 600 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourMonochrome
Duplex PrintingManual
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, B5, C5 Envelope, DL Envelope, B5 Envelope, Custom Size
Duty Cycle8000 pages per month
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity260 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Height225 mm
Width379 mm
Depth243 mm
Media TypeLaser Paper, Plain Paper, Photo Paper, Rough Paper, Vellum, Label, Transparency, Card Stock, Postcard
Product SeriesP1500
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelP1505N
Product NameLaserJet P1505N Printer
Processor Speed266 MHz
Product LineLaserJet
Manufacturer Part NumberCB413A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

The HP LaserJet P1505N Printer is more productive with professional print speeds up to 23 pages per minute and a quick first page out. Other printers need time to warm up before printing the first page, but with no wait Instant on Technology your first page will print in half the time.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory2 MB
Weight (Approximate)5.90 kg