HP Color LaserJet CM1312 is restrictive

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					?Colour laser printers continue to become even more discreet and therefore
multifunction printers based upon colour laser components are likewise decreasing in
size. This sleek new multifunction from HP is only a little more substantial than a
normal single-function laser from 2007, and it is aimed at the SOHO market, or
possibly also a family resource.

Appearing like a small group of steps, the Color LaserJet CM1312 is decked out in
cream along with something nearing black and the straight forward, curved lines look
oddly stylish.

Working from the top down, underneath the cream cover is a simple, A4 flatbed
scanner and the control panel is backed up with a two-line by 16-character Liquid
crystal display screen. Even though this doesn't have a backlight, it's tilted forwards
and contrast is actually good enough for being read in normal overhead light.

Controls are fairly standard for any laser-based multifunction unit, however the large,
elevated button which specifically cycles right and left through menu options
whenever you push either end of it, posseses an OK button fixed in it, that makes it
fiddly to make use of.

Strangely, the scanner portion of the equipment doesn't hinge up, but there's adequate
room in between it and the printer area for you to save any paper that might become
jammed. The printer part includes a very rounded front, that is really a hinged cover
providing straightforward access to the cartridges. Under this is a barely sufficient,
150-sheet paper tray.

Just over the tray is a hinged cover that you open to be able to reach paper jams.

Whenever you fold down the printer's front cover you will find an inset handle, that
draws out a tray possessing four near-identical drum and

The single software CD contains custom-made HP software intended for scanning,
copying plus printing, and also a copy of ReadIris OCR software.

HP reckons the device will print 12ppm in black and white in addition to 8ppm in
colour, which would certainly be reasonable however, as usual, we couldn't reach
those rates of speed. Our five-page, black and white text test piece took 48 seconds to
complete, offering a real-world, black and white print speed of 6.25ppm.

The five-page, colour text and graphics document needed 63 seconds, or an equivalent
of 4.76ppm, therefore the two results are not much above half the rated figures.

A 15 x 10cm photograph needed 32 seconds to be able to print while a sole page copy
required 38 seconds, and that is reasonable considering the fact that this unit doesn't
have Auto Document Feeder (ADF).

The picture print tended to be fairly over-coloured and also a little garish. While fine
detail levels are fine, and there's no apparent banding, a bit of shadow detail is
missing while the colour gamut appears lowered.

The colour brightness which overawed the photograph print is definitely well suited
for business graphics and also the colours in our text and graphics page seem vivid
and confident.

Mono text, printed at the machine's standard 600dpi resolution, is sharp and clear,
offering a rather smooth and professional appearance to text documents.

The only real operating costs on this machine are the combined drum and toner
cartridges, that are rated at 2,200 pages with regard to mono along with 1,400 pages
for each one of the colours.

The uncomplicated style and simple setup as well as upkeep of the Color LaserJet
CM1312 help to make it quite capitivating, however truth be told there are a couple of
odd design choices that could let it down. A paper tray supporting merely 150 sheets
on a unit made for office utilization is an odd restriction although many people should
be able to tolerate the relatively slow speed. If you're able to live with these
restrictions, though, it'll make a fine choice.

HP Color LaserJet CM1312 toner cartridges are available here.