HP LaserJet P2055dn Toner

Published: 22nd September 2010
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The mono HP LaserJet P2055dn is a mid-range printer that is fast and offers good quality prints.

The P2055dn can be bought for about 275 and has automatic duplexing included. It also includes a 150 page tray and a 250 page tray. You also get USB and ethernet connections and 128mb of memory which can be increased to 384mb.

It is possible to change print density from the P2055dn itself and the printer also includes a monochrome LCD screen. Firewall and security settings can be set to use either HTTP or HTTPS protocols and dust build-up on moving parts of the printer can be removed by using the available cleaning mode.

The simple web-based interface allows you to check the status of the cartridges and various statistics. The interface also makes it possible to configure print settings on the P2055dn and administrators can set up the firewall policy.

Print settings for the P2055dn are split into 600dpi, 1200dpi FastRes and 1200dpi ProRes modes. Although the FastRes and ProRes resolutions are 1200dpi, the latter produces better quality prints at a slower pace.The FastRes and ProRes resolutions may be the same but ProRes generates higher quality documents at a slower rate. Documents can be produced by the P2055dn in about 9.5 seconds for the first page and subsequent pages at a rate of 35 pages per minute using either the 600dpi or FastRes 1200dpi settings.

Using ProRes the P2055dn takes an average of 14.5 seconds to produce the first page but it then pauses on every second page with the result that the printer only takes 2.5 seconds to print a single page but the overall speed is about 14.5 pages per minute.

A quiet mode has been built into the P2055dn which reduces noise but also slows print speed considerably.

An unusual feature of the P2055dn is the ability to choose desired line density when using ProRes, this is normally only available on much pricier printers.

Using the highest quality setting the P2055dn produces excellent prints with clean test characters and evenly spread toner.

The HP Laserjet P2055dn toner cartridge fitted to the printer when new is the 05A cartridge (HPCE505A), this is a low capacity cartridge and it is advisable to replace with the 05X cartridge. This replacement cartridge although more expensive will yield almost three times as many prints and will lead to a lower cost per print.

More expensive printers offer greater networking and security features but for the money the HP LaserJet P2055dn offers high quality, fast printing and is recommended.

HP toner cartridges are available here.

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