HP Color LaserJet 1500 series printers
Company: Hewlett-Packard Company
This review is not going to be as lengthy as its recent predecessor because the physical appearance and excellent printer technology in HP’s brand new 1500 series of affordable color laser printers is identical to that of the slightly more expensive 2500 series. When printing from my humble G3 iMac 400 DV, individual pages take somewhat longer to emerge from a 1500 than from a 2500, which is not a recommendation for either, because 2500s are slow and 1500s are slower.
Where HP’s 2500 series printers contain their own memory modules and network capabilities, the USB-only 1500 series units tap the memory from their host computers. The purpose is to save money in production cost, and purchase price for users who don’t require any extra muscle and networking features.
In side-by-side real world comparison between an HP Color Laser Jet 1500L and a 2500, I learned:
Here’s the current pricing on the entire Color LaserJet product line: 2500L – $899.99, 2500 – $1099.99, 2500n – $1399.99, 2500tn – $1799.99, 1500L – $799.99, and 1500 – $999.99. Can you see where my recommendations are heading? For $1099.99 you get a robust, versatile 2500 with optimum tray capacity for only $100 more than the equivalent 1500 model. I realize HP’s model naming and pricing system is confusing, but Color LaserJet 2500 ($1099.99) gets top honors. MyMac.com will therefore not rate or recommend any of the 1500 series printers, except for users who try-before-buy and decide 1500’s specs and performance are exactly what they need.