Printer review: HP Color LaserJet CP2025dn

Posted by Rob Errera on 20th Jun 2019

Printer review: HP Color LaserJet CP2025dn

When the HP Color LaserJet CP2025dn was released a decade ago, reviewers were impressed with its ability to duplex print and connect to a network. (This is what the “d” and “n” in the CP2025dn represent. Other models in the CP2025 family include the base model CP2025, the CP2025n, with 10/100 Ethernet networking, and the CP2025x, which offers duplex printing, networking and an additional 250-sheet paper tray.) The CP2025dn wasn’t the fastest or cheapest printer on the market, but it was a solid performer.

“I love this printer model and have used it for seven years!” user Raccoon Brat reports.

Like many HP products, the CP2025dn has aged fairly gracefully over the years. The printer averages 3.7 out of 5 stars when you combine reviews from CNET, Techspot, and Amazon users.

Special Specs

The CP2025dn offered easy set-up and a 250-page standard paper tray, with a 50-page second tray for additional media. The CP2025dn delivered good print quality for both text and graphics, but its speed was merely average. (In fact, Macworld reports the CP2025dn was a bit slower than other color printers in its class, with a speed of 44 seconds.)

The CP2025dn has a print resolution of 600 dpi and can handle letter, legal, executive, cards, and envelopes. The unit is 12.7 inches tall by 15.9 inches wide by 25.9 inches deep with all the drawers tucked in. At a hefty 53 pounds, the printer requires two people to move. The front control panel houses a small two-line LCD for alerts and toner level graphics, a left and right directional pad, a cancel button, and two LEDs to alert users of low toner and print errors.

HP's ToolboxFX software also shows the status of the device in real time, current toner levels, approximate pages remaining, usage trends, and the option to receive e-mail alerts when the printer malfunctions. (HP offers a useful start-up video on the installation CD with step-by-step instruction.)

Unhappy Users

Right off the bat, users were unhappy with the cost of replacement cartridges. Buying a full set of four OEM toner cartridges from HP cost $486 — nearly the cost of the printer itself. (Newsflash: You can get this set of genuine HP 304A toner cartridges on sale for $375!) The four separate toner cartridges -- CC530A (black), CC531A (cyan), CC532A (yellow), and CC533A (magenta) -- are mounted in a rollout drawer, and released with a simple push-to-release latch.

Test prints and page yields resulted in a cost of 15.4 cents per page, which was high compared to other printers in its class. The CP2025dn has a high monthly duty-cycle (40,000 pages) but if you do a lot of high volume printing, you’ll want to find a machine with a lower operating cost.

Of note, the printer comes with toner cartridges that are only about 1/3 full — you get about 1,200 pages before you have to replace the four cartridges (black, magenta, cyan, yellow). Genuine OEM toner cartridges cost over $100 each, but yield 3,500 pages.

The main drawback of the CP2025dn in the high cost of replacement toner ... and cutting corners causes problems. 

“I have problems with generic toner,” Amanda reports. “The machine works great with genuine HP toner, but I get powder splatter marks all over the first piece of paper out of the machine whenever I use generic toner. Just a heads up, people.”

Noisemaker

Other users complain the CP2025dn is noisy compared to other laser printers.

“After several years it developed squeaky noises as it prints,” E-consumer reports. “It is not very quiet, and if you are within six feet of it, it is hard to talk on the phone while printing.

Real HP Toner For Less!

The bottom line: HP makes fine printers, but they charge too much for toner. Similar to our review of the HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color Printer M451dw, the biggest complaint about the CP2025dn (and its companion printers, the HP CP2025n and CP2025x, as well as the CM2320fxi, CM2320n CM2320nf series of HP printers) is the cost of original HP toner. Your cost-per-page can vary wildly depending on how much you pay for original toner. Fortunately we’ve got the ultimate printer hack to increase the lifespan and quality of your HP printer. Toner Buzz offers the lowest prices on genuine HP toner for your CP2025dn. With Toner Buzz on your team, your CP2025dn will stay productive and cost-effective for years to come!

HP Color LaserJet CP2025dn Full specs:

GENERAL

  • Printer Type -- Workgroup printer - laser - color
  • Manufacturer -- HP

PRINTER

  • Technology -- laser
  • Print Speed -- Up to 20 ppm - B/W. Up to 20 ppm - color, Up to 21 ppm - B/W. Up to 21 ppm - color
  • Built-in Devices -- status LCD
  • Connectivity Technology -- wired
  • Interface -- USB
  • Image Enhancement Technology -- HP ImageREt 3600
  • PostScript Support -- standard
  • Language Simulation -- PCL 5C, PCL 6, PostScript 3
  • Printer Features -- HP ColorSphere Toner
  • Type -- workgroup printer
  • Min H-Document Size -- 3 in
  • Min V-Document Size -- 5 in
  • Max H-Document Size -- 8.5 m
  • Max V-Document Size -- 14 in
  • Media Type -- cards, envelopes, glossy paper, labels, plain paper, recycled paper, transparencies
  • Media Sizes -- A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), C5 (6.38 in x 9 in)
  • Min Media Weight -- 60 g/m²
  • Max Media Weight -- 220 g/m²
  • Total Media Capacity -- 300 sheets

POWER DEVICE

  • Type -- power supply
  • Power Consumption Operational -- 445 Watt
  • Form Factor -- internal

POWER

  • Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep -- 6.7 Watt
  • Power Consumption Operational -- 445 Watt

NETWORKING

  • Networking -- Print server - integrated
  • Data Link Protocol -- Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
  • Connectivity Technology -- wired

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Microsoft Certifications -- Works with Windows Vista
  • Consumables Included -- 1 x toner cartridge (black). 1 x toner cartridge (cyan). 1 x toner cartridge (magenta). 1 x toner cartridge (yellow)

PROCESSOR

  • Processor -- Motorola 540 MHz
  • Manufacturer -- Motorola
  • Clock Speed -- 540 MHz

BATTERY

  • Form Factor -- none

RAM

  • Technology / Form Factor -- SO-DIMM 200-pin, DDR2 SDRAM - DIMM 144-pin
  • Max Supported Size -- 384 MB
  • Slots Qty -- 1
  • Empty Slots -- 1
  • Form Factor -- DIMM 144-pin, SO-DIMM 200-pin
  • Technology -- DDR2 SDRAM

ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS

  • ENERGY STAR Certified -- Yes
  • ENERGY STAR -- Yes

PRINTING

  • Max Resolution B/W -- 600 dpi
  • Max Resolution Color -- 600 dpi
  • Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm) -- 21 ppm, 20 ppm
  • Max Printing Speed Color (ppm) -- 21 ppm, 20 ppm

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • OS Required -- Apple MacOS X 10.2.8, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

MEDIA HANDLING

  • Min Media Size (Custom) -- 3 in x 5 in
  • Max Media Size (Custom) -- 8.5 in x 14 in
  • Media Weight -- 60 g/m² - 220 g/m²
  • Max Media Capacity -- 550 sheets
  • Output Trays Capacity -- 150 sheets
  • Media Type -- Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, cards, recycled paper, glossy paper
  • Total Media Capacity -- 300 sheets
  • Media Sizes -- Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), C5 (6.38 in x 9 in)

DUTY CYCLE

  • Monthly Duty Cycle (max) -- 40000 pages
  • Recommended Monthly Volume -- 750 - 2000 pages

COPIER

  • Copier Type -- none

ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETERS

  • Min Operating Temperature -- 59 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature -- 80.6 °F
  • Humidity Range Operating -- 20 - 70%

DOCUMENT & MEDIA HANDLING

  • Media Type Class -- envelopes, film / transparencies, other, plain paper
  • Media Size Class -- Legal, A4

HEADER

  • Brand -- HP
  • Product Line -- HP Color LaserJet
  • Model -- CP2025n
  • Country Kits -- Western Europe
  • Packaged Quantity -- 1
  • Compatibility -- Mac, PC

INTERFACE REQUIRED

  • Connector Type -- 4 pin USB Type B, RJ-45
  • Type -- LAN, USB 2.0
  • Total Qty -- 1

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

  • Width -- 15.9 in
  • Depth -- 17.9 in
  • Height -- 12.7 in
  • Weight -- 50.04 lbs

EXPANSION SLOTS

  • Type -- memory
  • Form Factor -- SO-DIMM 200-pin
  • Total Qty -- 1
  • Free Qty -- 1

PRINTER OUTPUT

  • Max Speed -- 20 ppm, 21 ppm
  • Output Quality -- B/W, color

SERVICE & SUPPORT

  • Type -- 1 year warranty
Specs courtesy of CNET