Color laser printers and multifunction devices are continually shrinking in size, but this often leads to compromises in speed and features that may not be worth the trade. The HP LaserJet CM1312 is a little bigger than the average multifunction device, but with the extra size you get more speed and paper capacity than most machines in its class, which will likely appeal to busy home and small office buyers. Its price is low, and each HP CM1312 toner cartridge
is affordable enough for small budgets.
As mentioned, the CM1312 (also referred to as the CM1312nfi and CM1312 MFP) is a little bulkier than one would expect, and its design is a little unique in that its bottom paper tray and engine are much larger than its upper scanning deck. The result is a machine that looks a little unbalanced, but looks are usually the least important element in any printer. The one design issue that might cause some buyers pause is the lack of an automatic document feeder, however. With only the A4 flatbed scanner available, users will have to scan pages one at a time. Paper capacity is solid, but could be a bit larger, at only 150 sheets.
The unit can print, scan and copy, and each feature is very well designed. Print quality, even for photos, is excellent.
Changing the HP toner
is a simple, though unique, process. The front panel opens and users slide out a tray containing the HP CM1312 toner cartridges. This makes it easy to swap LaserJet CM1312 toner cartridges without having to dig around inside the machine. The low cost of LaserJet CM1312 toner is a great value that keeps costs low, and laser toner
is widely available at most stores and online through third party vendors.
Buyers looking for a well-designed multifunction printer should certainly consider the HP CM1312. Faster printing can be had with the HP CM2320 toner
printer. If you can deal with its somewhat bulky design, it offers excellent quality and fast speeds, and affordable HP CM1312 toner is easy on the wallet.