HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer – some annoying features

This is my 2nd go at a colour laser printer. Last week i ordered the dirt cheap samsung clp something or other for about £115. It was rubbish, took ages to get set up (like hours) and then it didn’t even work properly so i sent it backordered this instead, more expensive, but think it fits the bill better with eprint and airprint. There is no set up required from an ipad or iphone incidentally, it just picks it up as a printer and hey presto, you are off – brilliant stuff. And even with setting it up wirelessly on laptops it was really really straight forward – much simpler than the rubbish samsungwithin 1 hour i had it out of the box, installed on 3 laptops and printing from all devices. The only negative i can see is that it is quite larger – although only a little larger than my mono laser printer. But then bare in mind that once installed, it doesn’t need to move so i don’t really think this is a reason not to buy itprint quality wise, it seems brilliant quality. All in all, i would definitely recommend it.

This is my 2nd go at a colour laser printer. Last week i ordered the dirt cheap samsung clp something or other for about £115. It was rubbish, took ages to get set up (like hours) and then it didn’t even work properly so i sent it backordered this instead, more expensive, but think it fits the bill better with eprint and airprint. There is no set up required from an ipad or iphone incidentally, it just picks it up as a printer and hey presto, you are off – brilliant stuff. And even with setting it up wirelessly on laptops it was really really straight forward – much simpler than the rubbish samsungwithin 1 hour i had it out of the box, installed on 3 laptops and printing from all devices. The only negative i can see is that it is quite larger – although only a little larger than my mono laser printer. But then bare in mind that once installed, it doesn’t need to move so i don’t really think this is a reason not to buy itprint quality wise, it seems brilliant quality. All in all, i would definitely recommend it.

Update for lion users using time capsule and bonjour. Obermann ‘bahamut’ review giving stage by stage instructions works. The cd supplied is useless for mac users. However make sure your apple software is right upto date – hp are updating drivers all the time. Have a look at the hp website which does give some pretty clear instructions how to load the drivers either from apple or hp. Hp do give a short video you can click onto that basically reiterrates the obermann set of instructions (last part). There is one slight ambiguity that obermann doesn’t make completely clear (the video does). Having worked through the process and you are ready to click + in the print section of system pref the hp laser printer immediately appears in ‘nearby printer’ – don’t click on that, click instead on add other printer and you will see the the printer appear again in the printer with bonjour.

  • Review for Mac users on Lion
  • A first class home printer – great for WiFi printing!
  • User friendly Hi-tech printer

A very good quality colour printer to have. Best hooked up to home network and print using wireless.

A first class home printer – great for wifi printing. A first class home colour laser printer with easy set up and excellent print quality on basic paper. My kids were printing more and more pictures on my reliable hp laserjet 1018 but could only print in monochrome. I also now have a wireless network at home but still had to return the laptop/netbook to the desk and plug in the usb cable to print. I also couldn’t print from the ipad or iphone. The overall function of this printer – especially wireless e-print – is superb. Set up took the usual 20 minutes by downloading most recent drivers from the hp support website, rather than the supplied cd. It recognised my wireless hub no problem and the test page arrived shortly afterwards. I can now print effortlessly to the printer from ipad 2, iphone 3gs, netbook and laptop (both running windows 7) from anywhere in the house. Digital photos, e-mails, pdfs all print in good quality.

Features of HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

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An extremely heavy printer, quite unlike my previous canon, epson inkjet photo printers, build quality is superb. Connection to our home network – ethernet to imac running snow leopard, wireless to my new macbook air http://www. Uk/macbook-notebook-1-86ghz-storage-graphics/dp/b00486u214/ref=sr_1_12?ie=utf8&qid=1319367761&sr=8-12 running lion, ipad (first generation) running ios5, samsung netbook running windows xp and toshiba laptop running windows 7 all up and running within minutes. Text print quality is excellent, as you would expect from a laser, likewise digital images are superb, even on basic paper and very quick. Haven’t tried printing with dedicated photo paper yet, unsure wether it’s available – something further to explore. Finally, the current (october 2011) hp promotion gives a £55 cash rebate making this excellent value. Ordered from amazon 1400hrs friday, delivered 0800hrs saturday – amazing service.

Print quality is better than i had expected for a printer of this price. (better than the big colour multi-purpose laser at work) but the real bonus is the hassle free compatibility. Managed to print from a windows xp desktop over usb, ubuntu laptop via wifi, ipad via airprint and android smart-phone via hp e-print all in the same evening i opened the box. I did the firmware upgrade others suggested and also needed to find and press the virtual wps button on my router, but neither task took long. The longevity of the toner cartridges, given their cost, is my only concern.

One comment on “HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer – some annoying features

  1. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Had this for a while and its still going toner lasts ages.
  2. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Had this for a while and its still going toner lasts ages.
    1. Has yet to fail and it gets loads of use at school, works well on a wired network or on wifi and is ios, osx, windows and android friendly. Colours and quality are good together with the cost of ink. Use the cheap knock offs, set costs £100 on amazon and there has been very little difference or longevitydo not use tshirt transfer paper in it, jams and is not easy to clean rollers, smoke came out of this one when i tried it.
      1. Has yet to fail and it gets loads of use at school, works well on a wired network or on wifi and is ios, osx, windows and android friendly. Colours and quality are good together with the cost of ink. Use the cheap knock offs, set costs £100 on amazon and there has been very little difference or longevitydo not use tshirt transfer paper in it, jams and is not easy to clean rollers, smoke came out of this one when i tried it.
  3. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Compared to my previous ink jet printers this laser printer has been an excellent purchase, producing high quality print and pic. Owned this for nearly 3 years. Compared to my previous ink jet printers this laser printer has been an excellent purchase, producing high quality print and pictures. After a bad experience i only use recommended cartridges. These keep performing until empty.
    1. Compared to my previous ink jet printers this laser printer has been an excellent purchase, producing high quality print and pic. Owned this for nearly 3 years. Compared to my previous ink jet printers this laser printer has been an excellent purchase, producing high quality print and pictures. After a bad experience i only use recommended cartridges. These keep performing until empty.
  4. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Out performed what i was expecting the colour is excellent the fact that i can wireless print from my. This printer has out performed what i was expecting the colour is excellent the fact that i can wireless print from my iphone, ipad from downstairs and by the time i get updtairs to the study it is there waiting for me to collect is just what i wanted. The 4 toners last a while as well. I have this printer now well over 12 months and only replaced 1 of the colour toners and that was because of a large amount of printing for a particular project for daughter than involved an awful lot of pinkthe set up was easy too. Stick the ethernet cable in the mac (or pc) run thriugh the setup. Then turn on the wifi and that was just about it :).
  5. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Out performed what i was expecting the colour is excellent the fact that i can wireless print from my. This printer has out performed what i was expecting the colour is excellent the fact that i can wireless print from my iphone, ipad from downstairs and by the time i get updtairs to the study it is there waiting for me to collect is just what i wanted. The 4 toners last a while as well. I have this printer now well over 12 months and only replaced 1 of the colour toners and that was because of a large amount of printing for a particular project for daughter than involved an awful lot of pinkthe set up was easy too. Stick the ethernet cable in the mac (or pc) run thriugh the setup. Then turn on the wifi and that was just about it :).
    1. I have had this laser colour printer for almost two years now and it has not let me down. It is fast for both colour and black and white. The tonner lasts long enough and print quality is really well. Wireless connection is straight forwards and works well. All you need is a wireless router, usually provided by your internet service provider for free if you have wireless internet. E-print from iphone and ipad also works well. You can also email your documents to the printer’s email address when it is online and connected (after you set up this) and it will print it for you without you having be there physically.
  6. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    I have had this laser colour printer for almost two years now and it has not let me down. It is fast for both colour and black and white. The tonner lasts long enough and print quality is really well. Wireless connection is straight forwards and works well. All you need is a wireless router, usually provided by your internet service provider for free if you have wireless internet. E-print from iphone and ipad also works well. You can also email your documents to the printer’s email address when it is online and connected (after you set up this) and it will print it for you without you having be there physically.
    1. Great printer, no trouble to get going. Reviewing this printer on the amazon website i was a little put off by reports of trouble in installing the software to get the wireless system running. One reviewer advised when using a mac to follow a complicated alternative sequence of events and on no account to use the supplied cd. I am using mac os with snow leopard and in the end i just used the cd that came with the product. It booted up with a simple set of instructions, automatically looked for the printer, turned on the printer’s wireless system and synched it with the mac.
  7. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Great printer, no trouble to get going. Reviewing this printer on the amazon website i was a little put off by reports of trouble in installing the software to get the wireless system running. One reviewer advised when using a mac to follow a complicated alternative sequence of events and on no account to use the supplied cd. I am using mac os with snow leopard and in the end i just used the cd that came with the product. It booted up with a simple set of instructions, automatically looked for the printer, turned on the printer’s wireless system and synched it with the mac.
    1. Easy set up and install (20 mins) to the home wireless network and easy set up for e-printing to an specific email address. I’ve been using it as an everyday printer, ditched all the old ink jets and b&w laser printers. Neat unit, although it is on the heavy side, it’s general square shape and size makes it easy ish to lift. It has a feeder on the front for one off printing sheets like label or special paper. I’ve seen plenty of places on-line that offer deals on buying high volume quality toner carts (not hp) in a set for just over the 100 gbp mark. You can get deals on the hp originals for not much more money. Overall very happy with the purchase, glad i made the jump.
  8. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Easy set up and install (20 mins) to the home wireless network and easy set up for e-printing to an specific email address. I’ve been using it as an everyday printer, ditched all the old ink jets and b&w laser printers. Neat unit, although it is on the heavy side, it’s general square shape and size makes it easy ish to lift. It has a feeder on the front for one off printing sheets like label or special paper. I’ve seen plenty of places on-line that offer deals on buying high volume quality toner carts (not hp) in a set for just over the 100 gbp mark. You can get deals on the hp originals for not much more money. Overall very happy with the purchase, glad i made the jump.
    1. Update for lion users using time capsule and bonjour. Obermann “bahamut” review giving stage by stage instructions works. The cd supplied is useless for mac users. However make sure your apple software is right upto date – hp are updating drivers all the time. Have a look at the hp website which does give some pretty clear instructions how to load the drivers either from apple or hp. Hp do give a short video you can click onto that basically reiterrates the obermann set of instructions (last part). There is one slight ambiguity that obermann doesn’t make completely clear (the video does). Having worked through the process and you are ready to click + in the print section of system pref the hp laser printer immediately appears in “nearby printer” – don”t click on that, click instead on add other printer and you will see the the printer appear again in the printer with bonjour.
  9. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Update for lion users using time capsule and bonjour. Obermann “bahamut” review giving stage by stage instructions works. The cd supplied is useless for mac users. However make sure your apple software is right upto date – hp are updating drivers all the time. Have a look at the hp website which does give some pretty clear instructions how to load the drivers either from apple or hp. Hp do give a short video you can click onto that basically reiterrates the obermann set of instructions (last part). There is one slight ambiguity that obermann doesn’t make completely clear (the video does). Having worked through the process and you are ready to click + in the print section of system pref the hp laser printer immediately appears in “nearby printer” – don”t click on that, click instead on add other printer and you will see the the printer appear again in the printer with bonjour.
    1. Does what it says on the tin. The cp1525nw printer is the easiest set up i’ve ever experienced. It and hp’s eprint solution worked flawlessly across a windows 7 laptop, a four year old macbook, ipads 2 and 3 and htc sensations. Nice one to the engineers at hp.
      1. Does what it says on the tin. The cp1525nw printer is the easiest set up i’ve ever experienced. It and hp’s eprint solution worked flawlessly across a windows 7 laptop, a four year old macbook, ipads 2 and 3 and htc sensations. Nice one to the engineers at hp.
  10. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Laserjet pro cp1525nw printer. Extremely pleased with this colour printer. It is much quicker than our last printer plus it has the added advantage of being wireless, which means that it can be tucked out of the way and used without having to move it to the computer each time i need it. It is reasonably priced too. All in all, a good buy that i would recommend without hesitation.
    1. Laserjet pro cp1525nw printer. Extremely pleased with this colour printer. It is much quicker than our last printer plus it has the added advantage of being wireless, which means that it can be tucked out of the way and used without having to move it to the computer each time i need it. It is reasonably priced too. All in all, a good buy that i would recommend without hesitation.
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    Sharing the printer over a network. I have two computers, a desktop attached to my network box by cable and a laptop that connects to the internet wirelessly. I wanted a network printer that would be able to print from two computers over the same network. Attaching the printer to my network box and installing the software for my desktop pc went fine. I could not find any instructions about using the printer over a network by more than one pc. Strange that for a network printer. For the laptop i tried adding a printer under window’s own network utility programme but that did not work. I then attached the laptop to my network hub via a network cable and installed the hp laser jet software. As with the earlier desktop pc, this worked fine, recognising the laser jet cp1525nw on the network and then successfully doing a test print. Having got the laptop set up for printing on the network, i then disconnected the network cable from the laptop and reverted to a wireless internet connection.
    1. Sharing the printer over a network. I have two computers, a desktop attached to my network box by cable and a laptop that connects to the internet wirelessly. I wanted a network printer that would be able to print from two computers over the same network. Attaching the printer to my network box and installing the software for my desktop pc went fine. I could not find any instructions about using the printer over a network by more than one pc. Strange that for a network printer. For the laptop i tried adding a printer under window’s own network utility programme but that did not work. I then attached the laptop to my network hub via a network cable and installed the hp laser jet software. As with the earlier desktop pc, this worked fine, recognising the laser jet cp1525nw on the network and then successfully doing a test print. Having got the laptop set up for printing on the network, i then disconnected the network cable from the laptop and reverted to a wireless internet connection.
      1. Great printer for the money. The quality of the colour prints i have made to date on the cp1525nw has been exceptional even on standard paper. I haven’t tried printing using photographic paper yet, but would imagine that the result will be even more impressive. My print usage is fairly low volume so ink cost will not be a major concern. Yes – the cost of a full set of replacement toner is greater than the capital outlay on the printer, but that is to be expected given the low initial hardware cost. I would say that lifetime costs of this printer will be reasonable. The build quality of the printer is also very good, as a result it is quite heavy and large. No problem if you have a reasonably substantial stand and the space to put it. I already have an hp laserjet 2200 which has been very reliable. It is quite a few years old (black toner only), but it also has an automatic duplex printing facility which is quite handy.
  12. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Great printer for the money. The quality of the colour prints i have made to date on the cp1525nw has been exceptional even on standard paper. I haven’t tried printing using photographic paper yet, but would imagine that the result will be even more impressive. My print usage is fairly low volume so ink cost will not be a major concern. Yes – the cost of a full set of replacement toner is greater than the capital outlay on the printer, but that is to be expected given the low initial hardware cost. I would say that lifetime costs of this printer will be reasonable. The build quality of the printer is also very good, as a result it is quite heavy and large. No problem if you have a reasonably substantial stand and the space to put it. I already have an hp laserjet 2200 which has been very reliable. It is quite a few years old (black toner only), but it also has an automatic duplex printing facility which is quite handy.
  13. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Better than expected – very pleased. I ordered this printer in the knowledge that all reviews i had read had criticized it’s speed but rated it a good quality printer so decided to purchase it to replace a 10 year old hp laser that had finally had enough. Upon delivery, it was easy to unpack and set up, being considerably smaller and lighter that i had expected based on my old one. Set up took a while but only as i had to download updated mac software for lion compatibility however i knew this was needed in advance of ordering. Once the download was complete, set up too less than 5/10 minutes and it connected straight into the wireless network. Once working, you need to calibrate the toners (which i was not told to do in any instructions but worked out from playing with the menus and getting very pale prints out). Once this is done, you are ready to go. Print quality of text is extremely good in my view, clear and sharp. Photo’s look good however colour representation is a bit dark and greenish on what i have trialled so far and this has not been on any specific photo paper. You can however adjust colour settings within one of the online menus but i’ve not managed to achieve the prints looking like the screen yet but since the printers primary purpose is for text and a few pics it’s definitely good enough.
  14. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    Better than expected – very pleased. I ordered this printer in the knowledge that all reviews i had read had criticized it’s speed but rated it a good quality printer so decided to purchase it to replace a 10 year old hp laser that had finally had enough. Upon delivery, it was easy to unpack and set up, being considerably smaller and lighter that i had expected based on my old one. Set up took a while but only as i had to download updated mac software for lion compatibility however i knew this was needed in advance of ordering. Once the download was complete, set up too less than 5/10 minutes and it connected straight into the wireless network. Once working, you need to calibrate the toners (which i was not told to do in any instructions but worked out from playing with the menus and getting very pale prints out). Once this is done, you are ready to go. Print quality of text is extremely good in my view, clear and sharp. Photo’s look good however colour representation is a bit dark and greenish on what i have trialled so far and this has not been on any specific photo paper. You can however adjust colour settings within one of the online menus but i’ve not managed to achieve the prints looking like the screen yet but since the printers primary purpose is for text and a few pics it’s definitely good enough.
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    Excellent colour laser printer for lion macs too. This printer hp laserjet cp1525nw works a treat in lion on my mac mini (2011). Bought this as to replace my mono a3 hp laser that mac osx 10. 7 refuse to see or play with. Found the supplied cd took ages to mount (possibly a dud) so don’t bother with that if you have a mac. You also get 2 power supply cables (both a three pin and two pin versions) and a usb cable. The toner carts (half full versions) are inside the laser printer. Just one tip make sure you download the latest firmware update (from hp website) for it, and install it or it will drop connection if used wirelessly to your router when the printer goes to sleep (you will then have to turn it off and on again, and also reselect it in the system prefs), the latest firmware also sorts out eprint compatibility. The latest hp printer drivers have been added (dec 2011) to the apple software update (which can get confused if you installed them from hp website) and it will want you to download them every time you run software update (if you install the drivers from software update you should be ok)the printer prints in colour very well, i would go as far to say near to a photo printer, i was shocked at the quality it was so good.
    1. Excellent colour laser printer for lion macs too. This printer hp laserjet cp1525nw works a treat in lion on my mac mini (2011). Bought this as to replace my mono a3 hp laser that mac osx 10. 7 refuse to see or play with. Found the supplied cd took ages to mount (possibly a dud) so don’t bother with that if you have a mac. You also get 2 power supply cables (both a three pin and two pin versions) and a usb cable. The toner carts (half full versions) are inside the laser printer. Just one tip make sure you download the latest firmware update (from hp website) for it, and install it or it will drop connection if used wirelessly to your router when the printer goes to sleep (you will then have to turn it off and on again, and also reselect it in the system prefs), the latest firmware also sorts out eprint compatibility. The latest hp printer drivers have been added (dec 2011) to the apple software update (which can get confused if you installed them from hp website) and it will want you to download them every time you run software update (if you install the drivers from software update you should be ok)the printer prints in colour very well, i would go as far to say near to a photo printer, i was shocked at the quality it was so good.
  16. This review is from : HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525NW Printer

    I wanted a colour laser printer and this fitted the bill – good price and good reviews although a little slow for colour printing. Delivered promptly and quite easy to install; although i decided to make it a network printer without realising that all printers had to load the software. Even so was added to network and worked first time. Smallish footprint amd lives quite happily under my desk. Comes with 750 page cartridges in the 4 colours but 4 full size replacements (2,000 pages) cost more than the printer but that seems to be the way with most laser and inkjet printers.
    1. I wanted a colour laser printer and this fitted the bill – good price and good reviews although a little slow for colour printing. Delivered promptly and quite easy to install; although i decided to make it a network printer without realising that all printers had to load the software. Even so was added to network and worked first time. Smallish footprint amd lives quite happily under my desk. Comes with 750 page cartridges in the 4 colours but 4 full size replacements (2,000 pages) cost more than the printer but that seems to be the way with most laser and inkjet printers.

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