HP P2015dn Review Las Vegas

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On the whole, the HP P2015dn is a good mono laser printer for the home, small office, or dorm room: it's compact and fast and (usually) produces decent text and graphics. A reproducible print error, however, gives us pause. The Lexmark E350d series is a better value proposition: you get more features for less money along with better print quality and comparable print speeds.

DesignFor mono laser printers, the models in the HP LaserJet P2015 series are fairly compact, making them a good fit for cluttered home offices and cramped apartments and dorm rooms. The P2015dn model we reviewed stands 13.8 inches wide, 14.3 inches deep, and 10.1 inches tall, and weighs just 24.3 pounds. The various permutations of the P2015 vary slightly in dimensions and weight due to features such as extra paper trays and a built-in duplexer. The muted light- and dark-gray color scheme gives the printers a plain look.

The main paper cassette pulls out from the front of the printer and holds up to 250 sheets of plain paper. A multipurpose input tray folds out from the printer's front wall and can hold up to 50 sheets of paper, a great feature if you switch media often. Nearly the entire top of the printer is taken up by the output well. A straight pass-through door resides in the rear; to engage straight pass-through, simply open the door. The top-mounted control panel consists only of several indicator lights, a go button, and a cancel button.

Toner options are straightforward for the P2015 series. You can choose between the 3,000-page standard cartridge and the 7,000-page high-capacity cartridge. The former costs $81 and the latter $148. Using the high-capacity cartridge, print costs work out to about 2.1 cents per page for text--a reasonable cost that's in line with other printers of its class. HP's recommended monthly duty cycle (that is, the maximum number of prints recommended per month) for the P2015 series is about 15K pages, so it should be suitable for a home or very small office.

FeaturesHP offers five variations on the P2015. The base model, the P2015, costs $350. The $400 P2015d adds a built-in duplexer. The $500 P2015dn includes a duplexer and built-in networking, while the $600 P2015x builds further by adding a second 500-sheet input tray. All models come with a 400MHz processor and 32MB of RAM, which can be upgraded to 288MB. For comparison, the Lexmark E350d costs $350 and includes a duplexer.

PerformanceFor this review, we tested the P2015dn, but the print speeds and quality assessments apply for all variations offered because they each feature the same print engine. The P2015dn is a fast mono printer, churning out text at a rate of 22.13ppm and graphics at a rate of 21.29ppm. The less expensive Lexmark E350d bested the HP in both tests, however, scoring 24.13ppm for text and 25.47ppm for graphics.




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