In use, the P3015d is fast and reliable, while the printer drivers are clear and easy to use. In our speed tests, a simple Microsoft Word document took just 7 seconds to output, while 10 copies took just 21 seconds. Double-sided printing is only marginally slower: the first sheet took 12 seconds, and 10 sheets took 34 seconds. HP’s rating of 40ppm is more than justified: based on our results, in terms of raw engine speed, we reckon it could reach 42ppm.
Another £95 buys you a lower paper cassette to boosts the printer’s capacity by 500 sheets
Print quality is very good, if not quite first class. We achieved excellent results with text and line graphics, all reproduced cleanly with fine detail intact. Photo images were good but suffered from a little too much grain in gradients and continuous tones, to be considered excellent. However, this is not supposed to be a photo printer, but a general purpose one, and it excels at handling a wide variety of ‘visually rich’ documents such as PDFs, web pages and presentation slides.
We get to see a lot of printers, but there is still a great deal about the HP LaserJet P3015d to make it stand out from the crowd. It is a solid performer, actually achieving the speed rating quoted by the manufacturer (astonishing, really) and offering a clutch of extra features that will go down well with workgroups, such as automatic duplex printing, PIN-protected stored print jobs, easy-to-use drivers and ‘walk-up’ USB printing of PDF documents.
However, two problems diminish the P3015d’s ‘wow’ factor. First, the lack of an Ethernet port is inexplicable in what is so obviously not supposed to be a personal printer. Does HP seriously think we are likely to plug it into a USB port on a wireless router, then mess about setting up sharing rights? Second, a desktop A4 mono laser costing £450 is expensive, even with duplex and 40ppm output. It is a great printer but all that high quality is going to cost you. ®
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"No Ethernet" is not a serious complaint
Alistair - I think that you have completely missed the boat with the "No Ethernet" complaint. There are three base models in the 3015d series, and you manage to review the ONLY ONE that doesn't have an Ethernet port.
Not every business situation warrants having an Ethernet port in the printer, and I have deployed quite a few workgroup printers in the past couple of years that attached to the network wirelessly (and in HP's case, wirelessly means attaching a EW2400 via the USB port that you also questioned)
While I do admit that the price is a bit on the high side, if the application is on-demand printing of prepared forms and documents it can be less expensive in both dollars and floor space to deploy one of these than a less expensive printer AND a companion computer to hold the forms. It's not a large market - but it is a market that that is addressed with this printer.
@Chris Cartledge on Electricity Consumption
You might want to consider that a company does not spend this much money on a printer with a maximum duty cycle of 100,000 pages per month for it to sit in power save mode all day. Typically, the printer will either be actively printing or in standby waiting for the next print job - and it is going to be less than 30 minutes before the next print job. Given that the average business that uses this type of printer is open more than 15 hours a day, your assumption that the printer will spend the majority of time in sleep mode might need some reconsideration.
"HP has also stored a set of illustrated Help documents in the printer, so you can quickly print out step-by-step instructions on clearing paper jams, ..." Printing out instructions for clearing paper jams? Really? Probably quite useful if you have *two* printers of the same model side-by-side...
Not as bad as
a Lexmark C530dn where it is actually cheaper to replace the entire printer which includes 1.5K starter cartridiges, rather than buy a complete set of replacement 1.5K recycled cartridges!