Our family has been using the CP1025nw for nearly two months now and so far it has printed flawlessly. The size and price of color lasers have come down to the point where they are viable alternatives to color ink jets. We finally got fed up with our relatively new ink jet due to clogged print heads, streaking, wet smears, wrinkled paper and poor color saturation esp. when the kids were attempting (unsuccessfully) to print their homework assignments at the last minute before rushing off to school.
When it comes to care free operation with sharp, clean edges on text and line drawings, this laser performs far better then any ink jet we have used. The toner lasts and lasts (but it is also more costly to replace). The B&W dpi is 600x600 and the color dpi is 2400 but not quite photo quality. It's perfectly acceptable for one-off school projects, web printing and low-volume runs of color newsletters, announcements and small-business marketing materials where color accuracy isn't a top concern.
I really like the manually-assisted two-sided printing feature on plain paper without breed through. To do 2-sided printing, just indicate that you want "Eco-print" in the Printer Preferences and the printer will automatically print all the odd pages, then pause. You just have to take the printed pages from the output tray and insert them into the input tray, then press the resume key and it will print the even pages on the back-side of the odd pages.
This LaserJet is so small (even smaller than our ink jet) that it fits nicely out-of-sight inside a wooden cabinet only 18" deep and 13" high. Our cabinet has a door that protects the printer from dust and keeps the noise down to nearly inaudible levels. And, the wireless capability provides much greater flexibility in location placement, (such as in our cabinet far from any computers). It also supports AirPrint (from Apple iOS devices) and ePrint (via e-mail) with a firmware upgrade. ePrint requires outbound TCP port 5223 (or 5222) to be opened on your internet firewall. The printer does not support Print Apps because there is no LCD panel to display the app's UI.
This is not a replacement for a photo quality printer. While the colors are very saturated, its color gamut range is too limited and a bit dark in default mode. Both highlight and shadow details are lost and there are some color shifts that can make photos look somewhat unnatural. If you need high color accuracy, a dye-sublimation type printer may be a better choice. But, you can get near photo-quality results if you select the right paper type in your Printing Preferences and select the Color Theme of "photo" under the Color tab. You can even fine tune the individual color densities manually if you like. (We've only printed from Windows PCs thus far.)
The fuser is a bit underpowered for heavier papers unless you tell the printer you are using heavier stock in the Printing Preferences, (select "Card Stock" or "Label Printing" for example). When you do this, the printer will then run the paper through at a lower rate allowing the fuser more time to melt the toner into the page.
Conclusion: If you are looking to replace your unreliable ink jet with a small, low cost, low maintenance color printer for personal use, this HP Color LaserJet CP1025nw will perform very well. Just don't expect a high-speed, heavy-duty, photo-quality printer in this price range. And, take a little time to get familiar with the Printer Preferences for special jobs such as photos and labels.