The Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205 is a colour LED printer that is able to produce great quality documents. It's affordably priced, so you don't need a multifunction device that can scan and copy as well as print, we have no problems recommending the DocuPrint CP205.
- Great print quality for a low-end laser or LED printer, good input and output capacity, USB and Ethernet connectivity, good print yields from standard cartridges
- Print speeds are slightly lower than stated, no automatic duplex
The Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205 really impressed us with its combination of features and good print quality. It's a little slower than Fuji Xerox claims, but this is a minor grievance.
Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205: Design, control layout and features
The Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205 is sensibly laid out, with a small set of controls on the front of the printer. The two-line LCD can be a little hard to read, but given that the printer is so simple we didn't find ourselves referring to it often.
Up to 150 sheets of paper can be loaded at the base of the printer. Single sheets can also be loaded, which is useful if you occasionally have to print labels or use a letterhead. The DocuPrint CP205's output tray can hold 100 sheets — more than enough to let a few large print jobs stack up before things start overflowing.
USB 2.0 and Ethernet connectivity mean the printer can connect to a single computer or an office network. The slightly more expensive DocuPrint CP205W offers 802.11b/g wireless networking as well.
Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205: Consumable pricing and yield
The Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205 uses four toner cartridges — the CT201591 black cartridge with a yield of 2000 pages, and CT201592, CT201593 and CT201594 cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges which each have an average yield of 1400 pages. The black toner is $89 and each colour cartridge costs $99, giving the DocuPrint CP205 an ongoing cost of 4.5 cents per black A4 page and 21.2 cents per colour A4 page. These costs are competitive with entry-level and mid-range laser printers.
Cost aside, we like the high page yields of the Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205's toner cartridges If we were running a small business, this would be a major factor in favour of using laser/LED compared to inkjet — you'll spend a tenth of the time replacing a laser printer's cartridges than an inkjet's.
Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205 LED printer: Print speed and quality
The Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205 impressed us with the quality of its output. Using the default 1200x2400dpi print settings we found it printed very clear and smooth text and graphics.
We even used the DocuPrint CP205 to run off a couple of surprisingly detailed 6x4in photos. We were also interested to see that the DocuPrint CP205 didn't display the same posterisation problems we've found on almost every colour laser printer — the photos it printed weren't grainy or undersaturated. We wouldn't put it in the same league as a mid-range inkjet printer, but it's able to match entry-level inkjets and beat budget laser printers with its output.
Our one disappointment with the Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205 was that it printed slightly slower than we were expecting it to. Fuji Xerox claims the DocuPrint CP205 can output 12 pages per minute in colour and 15 pages in monochrome, but over a 50 page print run we were only able to achieve 10 colour and 12 monochrome pages per minute. This isn't a major flaw by any means — just a slight reality check. The time for the first page to print on a document matched Fuji Xerox's claims, though — we timed initial sheets at 15 seconds for colour and 13 seconds for monochrome.
Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205 LED printer: Environmental policy and conclusion
Fuji Xerox is committed to environmental sustainability, and incorporates a range of energy-saving features into its printers — including the use of emulsion aggregation toner which uses less energy than regular toner to produce and print with.
The Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205 is an excellent choice for a small or medium business. It's surprisingly versatile in its colour printing — we would happily use it for occasionally printing small photos. The only way we think it could have been better would be the inclusion of automatic duplex printing, but this omission is not surprising given its low price.
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