HP Color LaserJet CM6040 MFP Test

Published: 04th October 2010
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HP's Color LaserJet CM6040 MFP is a substitute with respect to the 9500 series and it is manufactured for big workgroups or maybe modest departmental utilization. The basic model - if you're able to call a 40ppm, A3, duplex, colour laser multifunction basic - could be expanded with extra trays, staplers and also finishers; so it may evolve with its situation if needs alter.

As you might expect, it is a substantial machine, having a basic weight of 140kg, so you are going to have to get it set up and locate a place that has good accessibility to the control panel along with the drawers. Anything essential in the device is accessable from the front, however you may have to get at the sides in the eventuality of a paper jam.

The widescreen, monochrome touch-screen is made to be simple to grasp and makes very good use of icons in addition to a practically designed menu hierarchy.

Just about every little thing in the control panel is actually customisable such as the supplied Jetadmin software. Privileges can also be arranged regarding specific job applications therefore, for example, you could stop emails being printed in colour. The product furthermore automatically turns to mono print when it detects no colour within a page, even if colour is set as a print option.

Each one of the two 500-sheet paper trays will print on paper from A5 to A3 and the 150-sheet multi-purpose tray will go right down to A6. Two more 500-sheet trays could in fact be included and they also come as standard on the CM6040f MFP, which in addition provides direct fax built-in. Paper is usually fed to an output tray directly underneath the scanner, however in the event you add finishing together with stacking options, a transfer unit transfers pages across to these gadgets.

The scanner features a 50-sheet ADF fixed on top and can scan simplex or duplex, even though pages are automatically spun and then re-fed to be able to scan their subsequent sides - there is only a sole scan head within the machine.

The multifunction is sold with an 80GB hard drive installed as standard, which is virtually indispensable to be able to buffer documents, however it is also utilized to lastingly store standard documents, to allow them to be printed without having to continuously send them from a PC. Prints can be sent to the machine and kept till a PIN is inserted at the keyboard.

HP quotes the print engine of the CM6040 MFP at 41ppm monochrome, thus we ran a mix of brief as well as extended documents on it, to evaluate the statement. The five-page mono test print required 29 seconds, as did the text and graphics piece of work, offering real-world rates from only just more than 10ppm with regard to each. Increasing the page count to 20 generated a time of 51 seconds, equivalent to a page rate of 23.5ppm, so you are going to have to produce a lengthy document to get near to 41ppm.

In the duplex setting, the 20-side document completed in 58 seconds, therefore still over 20spm, and additionally changing to A3 created five colour pages in 38 seconds. Even though the printer is certainly no slouch, you need to consider the rates on the spec sheet with much of the old NaCl.

The result quality with the four colour HP toner cartridges is very fine on text as well as colour graphics, with powerful, stunning colours plus a gloss sheen to all print, which we feel is exquisite, however opinions vary. Photograph prints are a tad grainy, yet colours are natural and there's a wide enough colour range to handle very refined changes of hue.

HP Color LaserJet CM6040 MFP toner cartridges can be found here.

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