Conclusion

February 3, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (9,363)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 5
    • Features
    • 5
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy Tests
The TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is Energy Star qualified and it offers low energy consumption when in ready mode at about 10 watts of energy at any given time.

When initializing, we saw energy levels of around 20-30 W. When warming up, we saw the highest spike at about 500W but, generally, when printing in the general everyday printing mode, the Pro M275 is using between 200-300W of energy. When printing color images, the energy use varies; during the pauses it was between 50-100 W and when actually printing it was between 300-400 W.

TOPSHOT LASERJET PRO M275 SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 3-in-1 laser: print, scan and copy
  • Print speeds: up to 17 ppm in black, 4 ppm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 600 x 600 dpi
  • 8 megapixel CMOS image sensor (3260 x 2460 pixels)
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen
  • HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint and HP web apps
  • 600 MHz processor, 128MB of memory
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 20,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: 150-sheet paper tray
  • Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and more
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Warranty: 1-year limited

CONCLUSION
The TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is a really interesting MFP and I can’t say that too often when it comes to printers, believe me. The 3D scanning angle is new to me and I thought HP did a good job with it, even without being able to capture all sides of 3D objects. What won me over was the idea of an 8 megapixel camera as opposed to the traditional flatbed scanner. The copies and scans were so much more accurate and colorful then what I see with most MFP scanners.

The problem then? That I’m not sure how useful the TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 might be in an actual office environment where multiple people are trying to use the device. The black print speeds are good but the color print speeds are not great, the paper capacity is average and HP has left off several business features that I consider fairly standard including: automatic duplexing, a front side USB port, an ADF and stand alone scan functionality.

So where does the TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 fall? I’m not sure, to be honest. It would probably be a good fit for a home office, and at $399.99, it’s competitively priced with other color laser-class MFPs targeted at this market. I am excited to see what HP does with the TopShot line in the future and if they’ll incorporate this technology into an MFP better suited for the SMB space.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is available now through HP and authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $399.99.

Supplies and accessories can be purchased through HP. A set of replacement 126A toner cartridges is $217.96 while a replacement imaging drum will set you back $79.99.

HP offers a one-year limited warranty plus HP Total Care advice and support, but businesses can purchase extended warranties and support for their device.


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