?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.