HP 5MP Printer Review
The HP LaserJet 5MP is a monochrome laser printer designed for the home or small office user. It has excellent reliability and print quality, but its print speeds are slow, and it lacks its own processor. For personal users with smaller needs, consider a model that uses Q2612X toner.
The design of the HP 5MP is a little bulkier than competing models, though it will probably still fit well in small offices. It measures 7.9 inches by 15.8 inches by 17.5 inches, and weighs 24.5 pounds. It has a monthly printing volume of 12,000 pages per month, but it is really not well-suited for high-volume printing. It does not have its own processor, so it must rely on the computer to do the processing. It also has only 3 MB of RAM, which means that large documents will print slower. The RAM can be upgraded to a maximum of 50 MB if necessary.
Paper capacity is a total of 350 sheets, divided between a standard tray of 250 sheets and a multipurpose tray of 100 sheets. The multipurpose tray has a straight-through feed path. The printer supports a wide variety of media types, such as transparencies, card stock, envelopes, postcards, and labels. It can support paper sizes up to legal.
HP 5MP toner cartridges have a capacity of 4,000 pages, so users won't have to replace their HP 5MP toner cartridge often, and they are very affordable, like HP Q2613X toner. Using third-party compatible cartridges instead of the more expensive branded HP LaserJet 5MP toner cartridges will save money by reducing the cost per page. The HP LaserJet 5MP toner cartridge is easy to access and replace making it simple for anyone in the office to use.
Print quality is very impressive. Text is especially sharp and detailed, with readable characters even at small font sizes. Graphics quality is average. Print speeds are the real downside of the HP 5MP, at around 6 pages per minute. For higher quality graphics, consider a color printer like the HP CM2320 that uses HP CC532A toner.
Overall, the HP LaserJet 5MP is a solid choice for a user who needs reliability and excellent text quality. Competing units offer more speed for the price, but often less quality.