$250 HP Color Laser Printer

hp2605dn1.jpgI just got an HP Color Laserjet 2605dn printer. Wow, the color images come out like photographs. HP is selling them on their website for $250 after a rebate.

As I was recommending to my sister recently…

Don’t buy an inkjet printer, the cost of the ink will kill you over time.

inkjets.pngHP has the guts to tell us how expensive it really is.

With the good HP 99 ink, they says you’ll get 130 4″x6″ photos out of a $25 cartridge. That’s $0.20 per photo for the ink. Multiply that by 4 if you’re printing 8 1/2″ x 11″ = $0.80 per sheet.

For the laser printer, I recently printed 400 8 1/2″x11″ full-color brochures and the toner monitor tells me I’ve used up 20% of the capacity… IE I’ll get 2,000 full-size-full-color copies out of my $250 in color cartridges. That’s $0.12 per sheet.


But wait, there’s more! I can refill my color toner twice before the drum wears out for $80 per refill (I’ve refilled toner before and it takes < 15 minutes) That makes the cost per page for 6,000 full-size-full color pages $0.07 per page.

And if you’re not into refilling cartridges, then listen to this: the HP 2605dn comes with full toner cartridges… That means you get $0.12/sheet color printing out of the box. when the toner is empty, throw the whole printer away and get a new one for the price of toner cartridges. (that isn’t very ecologically minded, is it? No!)

More benefits to color laser printing:

  • Laser toner doesn’t dry out on you like inkjet does. If you don’t use your inkjet printer for a few months, it’ll dry out and you need a new cartridge. It’s happened to me :-(
  • Laser color usually looks better than color ink
  • You can use more types of paper in a laser printer
  • Laser printers tend to jam much less

Oh and did I mention that the HP 2605dn has automatic duplex printing (IE, double sided printing)? Oh and it has ethernet built in too if you wanted a network printer.

Go buy a color laser printer. Tell ’em I sent you.


  1. Skip M says:

    Great review. I bought a color laser printer from TigerDirect.com and got a great deal.

  2. lee says:

    Update: I refilled the printer but it’s been printing slightly gray (see). A new set of toner cartridges would fix that but a new set is expensive at $250. The color is getting sad too; not as crisp as it was. Money would fix all these problems and HP makes a good color printer. Sure, I got a lot of great color pages out of it. These being leaner times, I kinda wish I still had my HP 1020. It’s tiny and runs inexpensively in black and white. Though I totally dig being able to print on both sides of the paper.

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