HP LaserJet Pro P1560 (1566) Printer series

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The LaserJet Pro1566 is the first laser printer we’ve ever reviewed that doesn’t require you to install drivers from a CD. Instead, the printer can install its own drivers over its USB connection. This isn’t the first time HP has used this Plug and Print approach – we’ve previously seen it in the company’s compact photo printers – but it’s the first time it’s appeared in a business printer.

Its specifications are nothing unusual, with a 250 sheet paper tray, sheet feed slot for envelopes, a one-time maximum monthly duty cycle of 8,000 pages and a recommended monthly page volume of up to 2,000 pages. It has a quoted print speed of 22ppm and a native resolution of 600x600dpi, enhanced to an effective resolution of 1,200dpi using HP’s FastRes 1200 image processing technology, which inserts extra detail to smooth out difficult areas like fine lines and curves.

Setup and installation proved to be as easy as promised. Once your power and USB leads are connected to the printer, all you have to do is switch it on and connect the other end of the USB lead to your PC. The printer will act like a USB storage drive with an autorun installer. It takes just a couple of clicks of the mouse to start installing the driver. Although this doesn’t save much time, it’s hassle-free and means that you’ll never have to hunt for a lost driver disc, or download another massive driver installation package.

Beyond this feature, the P1566 did exactly what we expected of it. Print quality is excellent; we were particularly pleased with accurately shaded greyscale renderings of our colour business documents. We got speeds of 21.1ppm when printing our mono text document at default quality settings, with FastRes enabled. Our greyscale document prints were almost as fast at 19.5ppm. A single page of mono text emerged in seven seconds, even from a cold start.

Print costs are very competitive. The printer comes with a 1,000 page starter cartridge with an integrated photoconductor drum. The only consumable is a 2,500 page replacement cartridge (CE278A), which costs around £51. This works out to a very reasonable 2p per page.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Maximum native print resolution 600x600dpi
Maximum enhanced print resolution 1,200dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 22ppm
Quoted warm-up time 0s
Quoted time to first page, mono 7s

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.0 7s
Letter, time to first page 1.0 7s
25-page mono document – total time 00:01:11
Time for 24 pages mixed greyscale 1.0 1m 14s
Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.1 14s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.0 20s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB
Optional printer interfaces £260
Size 236x287x243mm
Weight 6.5kg
Noise (in normal use) 64dB(A)
Duty cycle 8,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size up to A4
Maximum paper weight 163gsm
Standard paper inputs 1
Standard paper input capacity 250
Maximum paper inputs 1
Maximum paper input capacity 250
Output tray capacity 150 sheets
Duplex (code, cost if option) No


Printer technology mono laser
Language(s) host-based
Supported operating systems Windows XP/XP 64-bit/Vista/Vista 64-bit/7 32-bit/7 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.4/10.5/10.6, Linux
Standard printer memory 8MB
Maximum printer memory 8MB
Other laser features and options £51

Buying Information

Price RS.8000
Price per mono A4 page 2.00p
Price of 2nd paper cassette N/A
Capacity of supplied black toner 1,000 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s) replaced with toner
Warranty one year RTB
Supplier http://www.hp.co.uk
Details www.hp.co.uk

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.1 14s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.0 20s
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