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HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer

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HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer

HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer

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The Bottom Line

The HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer is meant for offices with heavy printing needs. It's not particularly fast, but print quality is uniformly excellent. Like other HP LaserJets, page curl is an issue--even on high-end laser-printer paper--except when printing on both sides of the page, which effectively canceled out the curl. I found the tiny LCD screen and control panel basic and a hard to see. On the bright side, with a duty cycle of up to 30,000 pages per month, this small color laser printer is meant to stand up to some frequent use; and the built-in wireless makes it convenient for offices.
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  • Excellent, sharp color prints
  • Very good monochrome prints
  • Wireless


  • Paper curl was an issue
  • Manual duplexing
  • Single paper tray


  • Color laser printer
  • Manual duplex printing
  • Up to 12 pages per minute black, 8 pages per minute color
  • 600 x 600 dpi resolution
  • 150-sheet input tray and single-sheet priority feed
  • USB, wireless, and network connectivity
  • Full software installs supported on: Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, Vista 32-bit and 64-bit, XP 32-bit (SP2 or higher)
  • Mac compatible

Guide Review - HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer

The HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw is a modestly priced color laser printer that offers a few business-friendly features. It's certainly meant for heavy-duty use, with a monthly duty cycle of 30,000 pages (black toner cartridges yield roughly 2,000 pages, and color toner cartridges about 1,300, according to HP). So while it may hurt to spend more than $80 on each replacement, at least it will be a rare occasion when you do so.

I didn't find the LaserJet Pro CP1525nw all that fast--it's much slower than, say, the LaserJet Pro M1212nf, which put first pages out in about seven seconds; first pages for the CP1525nw took around 30 seconds to arrive, with subsequent pages taking around seven seconds each. Of course the M1212nf is a monochrome printer, so I didn't expect it to perform as well.

I had no issues with the printer's print quality, which I found to be uniformly excellent and sharp, as expected. Colors look very good and true, though I found a slight greenish tint to grayscale pages. The printer doesn't offer too many extras. There's a single paper tray that handles 150 sheets, and there's also a one-sheet priority feed slot. Duplex printing is manual rather than built in, which is a bit of a chore (you need to feed the printed pages back into the paper tray). The biggest issue I noticed was the curled paper, even when I used heavy-duty paper intended for laser printers. Duplex printing effectively cancels out the curl, but I hope for a good color laser printer someday that minimized paper curl.

The printer features a tiny monochrome LCD screen and some basic functions on the unit. The LCD screen is quite hard to see, but since the printer doesn't offer many functions on the unit itself, I suppose it's not a huge issue.

The "nw" stands for "network" and "wireless," both critical features on a printer intended for an office setting. The wireless function was easy to set up and worked immediately and quickly. You can also connect directly to a PC using a USB cable. I wish the printer had followed in the footsteps of some of HP's other laser jet printers in offering no-CD-needed setup; but no luck in this case.

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