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HP Color LaserJet 5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 reviews of HP Color LaserJet 5. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and usability. The durability and reliability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the size and performance.

price, reliability, durability, usability, design

performance, size

On average, users rate this product 95/100.

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Dependable printer!


My mother originally purchased this HP printer for around half a grand in the early 1990's. It was purchased along with a Pac Bell computer running an Intel 386 processor! I am currently using this printer on its 5th computer (not including a summer in...

Rugged good looka, easy to operate, and CHEAP to operate

A bit bulky and heavy. Old or not it is still a bit slow

Nov, 2005

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No hassle workhorse B&W laser printer


Because I was a Mac-holdout, a long time Mac user who was strongly resisting the drive to the PC world, I needed a printer that would work with both operating systems. Bought my HP Laserjet 5MP (stands for Mac/PC) in 1997 and have hardly had to give it...

No trouble, crisp black and white text. No paper jams! Reasonably attractive for a printer

Large footprint for single function

Jun, 2005

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workhorse workgroup 600 dpi PostScript Level2 black laser


I bought this printer as a used/refurbished product in 1998 for $550 delivered. It arrived with a PostScript SIMM, 3 MB of RAM, with power and interface cords. Without much RAM, this printer is not quick. With more than 19 MB of RAM, it prints at full ...

Sturdy, reliable, low Total Cost of Ownership, Beige. Nice 600x600 dpi prints

There's nothing bad to say. Takes up desk space, a little heavy to move

Nov, 2004

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The HP LaserJet 5 Refurbished Printer Is An Excellent Printer for Home Businesses


One of the things that I am glad is happening in the hardware world is that older printers that have been used by more prosperous businesses are being refurbished and recycled back into production. This helps with the problem that I see now of having...

High quality and flexible refurbished printer

Some limitations with graphics are possible

Dec, 2001

Product Specifications

The HP Color LaserJet 5/5M printers represent a new class of color printers that provide continuous tone output. The HP Color LaserJet 5/5M printers are 300 dpi (1200-dpi image print quality) color printers. The HP Color LaserJet 5/5M printer uses a direct-to-drum imaging system, which directly applies toner to the print drum and to the paper in one pass, providing better registration, truer colors, and sharper text than other printing systems. The process creates more accurate details, high-resolution text rendering, and photo-realistic results. The HP ColorSmart software optimizes overall print quality by analyzing incoming data, and then automatically applying the right color and halftone qualities for each photo, graphic, or text element.

Dimensions & Weight



Country Kits:N/a/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Color LaserJet




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Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Language Simulation:PCL 5/PCL 5C
Max H-Resolution B/W:300dpi/600dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:1200dpi/300dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in)/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):10ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:300dpi/600dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1200dpi/300dpi
Media Path Type:Curved
Media Type:Coated paper / Glossy paper / Photo paper / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies/Glossy paper / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):20,000 - 49,999 pages
Output Type:Color
PostScript Support:Optional
Total Media Capacity:250sheets
Type:Workgroup printer


Installed Size:20MB
Max Supported Size:84MB


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Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:IBM OS/2 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows XP / Novell NetWare 4.0/Microsoft Windows 3.x / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP