HP’s Color Laserjet CM6040 MFP is a replacement for the 9500 series and is designed for large work groups or even small departmental use. The basic machine – if you can call a 40 ppm, A3, duplex, color laser multi-function basic – can be expanded with extra trays, staplers and finishers, so can grow with its environment if requirements change.

The widescreen, mono touch-screen is designed to be simple to understand and makes good use of icons and a logically designed menu.   Just about everything within the control panel is can be customized including the supplied Jetadmin software. Privileges can also be set for particular applications, which is important if you’re running on a service contract where you pay a different rate for black and color pages. The device also automatically switches to black print if it detects no color in a page, even if color is set as a print option.


Each of the two 500-sheet paper trays can print on paper from A5 to A3 and the 150-sheet multi-purpose tray can go down to A6. Two further 500-sheet trays can be added and they come as standard on the CM6040f MFP, which also has direct fax built-in.