We aren’t making any money off of this but we know a lot of you out there have Small/Home Offices and might want a hookup on an incredible deal. We just bought ourselves a new HP Color LaserJet CM1312nfi MFP for $300 (plus $55 for tax and shipping). It does just about everything most fullsize (and price) Color Laser Copiers do but on a smaller physical scale. It even has SD card slot that you can scan directly to. Snap!
Photo quality was at the high end of what I expect from a laser printer. A close look shows dithering, as with graphics, but most of the photos could pass for true photo quality at arm’s length. I wouldn’t hesitate to use the CM1312 for output like client newsletters with photos or for marketing materials on glossy laser paper (although you’ll have to change the driver from its default settings to get the best-looking output).
The CM1312nfi even does a credible job of printing what HP calls business-quality photos on HP’s 4-by-6 laser photo paper. I’d call them near photo quality, despite their coming out of the printer with a significant curl on my tests. By whatever name, they’re good enough for uses like photos on postcards for business mailings, or for, say, a real estate office to print photos of houses for prospective buyers.
The one place where I wish HP hadn’t cut back is paper handling. The CM1312nfi’s capacity is limited to 150 sheets, with no duplexing and no upgrade options. If between printing, faxing, and copying, you output more than about 30 pages per day, you may find yourself adding paper often enough for it to become annoying. On the other hand, the low capacity is appropriate for the light-duty printing typical of a small office, home office, or personal AIO, so it’s not a killer flaw, by any means. And even with this economy measure, for the moment at least, the HP Color LaserJet CM1312nfi MFP delivers far more AIO for the price than any of its competitors.