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Aimed at SMBs, the HP Color LaserJet CM1312 is a small colour multifunction device. While the printer isn't that expensive for a multifunction, the inks aren't cheap. Expect to pay US$70 for a black cartridge and US$64 for one of the three colour cartridges.
It features print, scan, copy and fax — with two versions available. The CM1312 is the standard version, coming in at US$399 while the CM1312nfi comes in at US$499 and includes a 50-sheet auto document feeder. It also has 160MB of internal storage rather than 128MB available on the CM1312.
Both printers will be available in Australia from 1 June.
While the CM1312 was cheap, the Color LaserJet CP1215 is cheaper, coming in at just US$249. That means if you load it up with three US$64 inks cartridges and a US$70 ink cartridge, the ink is worth more than the printer.
Perhaps that's why HP claims that 90 percent of printing costs occur after the printer itself is purchased.
The CP1215 has a claimed print speed of 12ppm (pages per minute) for black and white and 8ppm for colour with a printer ink yield of 750 pages for both black and white and colour.
The CM1312 is available now.