Hewlett-Packard Australia Color LaserJet 2700n
- Build quality, 350 sheet capacity, RAM can be upgraded, can be connected to a network
- A little pricey, some colour shades were exaggerated
A robust printer with network support and excellent opportunities for expansion, the 2700dn is also extremely fast. Colour reproduction could be more accurate, but for offices with a little less to spend, the 2700 merits attention.
Price$ 1,225.00 (AUD)
Recent price drops in the colour laser market have been so severe that Hewlett-Packard's LaserJet 2700 seems almost expensive compared with the likes of the Konica Minolta Magicolor. But the HP has a few tricks up its sleeve to woo potential buyers.
Physically, it's hard to fault the 2700 - it both looks and feels like a proper piece of office equipment. The paper trays are robust, and the feeding mechanism rarely misbehaved in testing. In fact, the paper input is part of the reason why you might want to spend some extra cash on this product.
While the Konica Minolta can take only 200 sheets - and with no expansion facilities - the 2700 can handle 350 as standard, and an extra 500-sheet tray is available as an accessory. And it's not only the paper facilities that are above average. The installed RAM is twice what you'd expect from a model in this price range, and you can upgrade this still further.
If all you want is a colour laser that can do light print jobs, a good £200 model will suffice. However, should your needs demand something with a little more grunt, the HP is up to heavier printing duties. And it can be connected to the network, making it an ideal purchase for small businesses.
The HP scores something of a first, in that the quoted mono print speed of 20ppm (pages per minute) was actually matched in real-world testing. Characters were clearly defined and fairly sharp - if just a touch faint. It's a fast printer on colour too, and even though the real-world speed is only half that of the quoted figure, this is still very impressive.
Colour prints were fairly exciting to look at, although some shades were rather exaggerated. The Dell 3110cn was more accurate in its reproduction, and the Magicolor 2500W was at least as effective. However, compared with most of the printers at this price range and below, the HP scores well.
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