The HP Color LaserJet CP3505x Printer

by adam on February 12, 2010

The HP Color LaserJet CP3505x printer is one of a line of up-market laser jet printers in the 3500 series of such office machines offered by Hewlett-Packard. It combines good print speeds in both color and in black-and-white with HP Color LaserJet CP3505x toner, along with excellent durability and ease of use. It’s also a very versatile machine and can run off of a number of different operating systems as well.

As far as how fast the HP CP3505x can put out product, it’s rated at 22 pages per minute or thereabouts, which is a good rate of speed for a color laser jet printer. This is in what HP refers to as “best quality mode” so one can expect print speeds to be slightly faster if dropping the print quality mode just below that criteria point.

The CP3505x also kicks out product fairly quickly, from the time the print order is sent from a computer until the time the first page of the print job emerges. On average, it’ll only take about 12.5 seconds to accomplish this task, which should serve to keep people from congregating around this network printer when not need or for long periods of time.

This HP model is also fairly durable, with a rated monthly duty cycle of 65,000 pages. For those who don’t know, “duty cycle” is the max number of pages per month a printer can image and then put out. Hewlett-Packard says that maximum monthly pages required of the printer should run between 1,500 and 5,000 before performing very basic and easy-to-do maintenance.

When it comes to the quality of the output that the printer delivers to its users, it appears to be generally excellent with resolution as high as 1,200 x 600 dpi. This is for both black and white and color. Speaking of that color capability, this machine will require four separate printer cartridges (black, magenta, yellow and cyan). This is standard for most color printers, by the way.

This particular unit from HP also comes with three standard printer trays that can hold up to 850 sheets of paper between them. It is also fairly well equipped and can perform automatic duplex (two-sided) printing whenever needed. The printer can handle a variety of media types, including bond paper, labels and envelopes. As well, there’s a multipurpose tray that can hold a number of different custom media size objects.

Standard supplied memory is outstanding at 324 MB of RAM. This can be upgraded to a full 1,024 MB of RAM, which should be more than enough memory for even the largest networked workgroup anticipated to be clients of this kind of printer. All of this is handled through a 450 MHz processor, meaning that print orders — no matter the number of them — should be processed quickly and efficiently.

This printer is intended for business use, which means that it won’t come cheap. It has listed for as much as $3,000 in the past, though a number of online retailers are selling new units for about $1,500. In all, there seems to be a great deal of capability when it comes to the HP Color LaserJet CP3505x printer, meaning it should be an ideal candidate for most businesses.

The HP Color LaserJet CP3505x toner is one expense for this machine that will be ongoing and finding HP toner at a great price should be a business priority.  Fortunately, online retailers offer all toner at what you will find as a best price.

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