Pros Print quality is good; even photos on plain paper are acceptable. it's relatively quiet, relatively fast. Easy to set up (I used the USB connection, haven't gotten around to the WiFi setup.) The one-sheet tray works as expected.
Cons No cons as far as I'm concerned, for my home usage.
Summary All things are relative. I was using a Konica-Minolta 2400 color laser printer; I bought it because it was only $200. When printing, it sounds like a Sherman tank crossing a railroad track; frequent paper jams; supposed to print envelopes but wouldn't; no separate input tray for envelopes or other paper; software glitches. I decided I would replace it when the black cartridge ran out.
OfficeMax had a special on the HP I couldn't resist. This HP printer costs what I paid for the KM, and OfficeMax gave me $50 for my old printer. The HP is far quieter (about the sound of a small electric fan), is just as fast as the KM, does everything I want, has an input slot for different paper or envelopes, and prints envelopes. I've had it only a day but so far I'm delighted.
Pros Worked initially well
Cons Major color misalignment
Summary Wish I had not perchased this product. Color misalignment seems to be a common problem with HP colorjets, and successful solutions are seldom.
Pros 802.11n wireless
Constantly "cleaning" or "initializing"
Can't print envelopes
Can't print paper that is not A4 or US Letter
Only holds a 1/2 ream of paper
Summary Originally I was fairly happy with this printer. After using the CP1525 for several months, however, we are disappointed and frustrated with this product. (It should also be a clue that HP stopped manufacturing this model shortly after it was released!)
I have to preface this by saying that I have been spoiled using an HP Color Laserjet CP2025dn for the past couple years and I have zero complaints. I bought this 1525 model because I needed a color printer for my home office and it was a couple bucks cheaper with most of the same features. I especially liked that HP is finally integrating 802.11n WiFi into their models, a step up from the slower 802.11b/g standards. Also liked the easy setup and management on both Windows and OSX.
That said, this printer is really a let down in terms of functionality. For one (1) the paper tray only holds about 50-80 sheets. I really like it when printer manufacturers create a model that can hold a whole ream in their tray. Keeps me from having a 1/2 ream of loose paper lying around. Also, (2) printing is really slow. When I use the 2025 model, I can press 'print' on the computer and almost instantly the wheels start turning. But with this model (1525) it takes about 40 seconds before the light even starts flashing, indicating that a job has been sent. Seems a bit long for new model printer. Also, (3) this model frequently stops for "initializing" and "cleaning" way more than any other printer I have ever owned. (4) This printer CANNOT PRINT ENVELOPES. Take note if this is something you plan to use this model for. We have spend dozens of man hours trying to figure out why this feature won't work as advertised. The printer simply won't feed envelopes. (5) The printer doesn't seem to be able to handle any other paper than A4 or US Letter. If you try to get fancy and print some custom sizes, forget it. It randomly scales the fonts and you never quite get what you want.
We plan to salvage this model and go back to the 2025 (now re-banded as the LaserJet PRO 400).
Pros Very good color print quality, easy set up, wireless printing, HP ePrint mobile print capability.
Cons None yet encountered, very minor software setup oversight, explained in summary below.
Summary Was up till the wee hours NOT setting up this printer, but, printing wirelessly from computers on the network and generally giving the CP 1525nw a printing workout / checkout. This printer is a keeper as I've already printed 100s of pages of text and graphics. These are instructions, configurations, reports, stored forms (notepad / graph paper, checklist, musical pages), ePrint setup reference pages, test photos, etc....
Prior to any software setup, I went through all of the menu options via the front panel buttons and printed out reports, forms, learned features and enhancements, etc..... and learned quite a bit about the printer even before cracking the User Manual (on included CD).
Set up was a breeze, the slight oversight is the fact that the factory sleep default value is 15mins. While waiting for my slower home internet connection during the WiFi set up process, the printer took a snooze and wasn't going to be woken up. This stopped the setup interaction between the computer and the printer when connected to the USB cable. I finally realized that the printer snoozed and thus stopped the setup process at 15%, so I hit a button the front panel and the rest of the setup went smoothly. So if you are setting up your printer for the first time, you may want to learn / scroll through the front panel menu and disable the sleep time until after setting the printer up completely.
This is an excellent color laser, especially at the price I paid, I'm so very happy to give up the majority of my color printing on my various inkjets........ No more running colors on papers while caught in the rain.....
Pros None - doesn't work.
Cons I spent 3 hrs of my time trying to get this printer installed & 4 1/2 hours on the phone w/ HP Tech sprt.I have a 3 yr old laptop w/ an upgraded Windows 7 32 bit OS. According to HP tech, this printer won't work with an upgraded version of Windows 7!
Summary I was told I have to wait 2-3 weeks for a patch to be developed. This printer is going back to the store.