HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 review

It can scan documents too, but they go through the same photo process as 3D objects, and the results are underwhelming. A text document wasn’t too bad, capturing all the necessary information with reasonable sharpness, but the camera struggled with glossy photographs. Darker areas blended together and lighter areas were bleached out; the multiple exposures clearly confused it.

As for the printing element of the job, the TopShot is a fairly ponderous but good-quality colour laser. It fits its four toner cartridges into its small chassis by putting them on a carousel that rotates before each print, so each colour can apply its toner to the drum before the paper is finally passed through.

HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275

This means it isn’t the fastest printer out of the blocks. We measured the TopShot at only 4ppm printing a colour newsletter (right on the claimed speed), and only 3.75ppm with a 12-page Excel workbook, while a single A4 colour photo montage took 17 seconds to roll out. It’s quicker without the colour, averaging 15ppm with a mono A4 letter, slightly below the claimed 17ppm. Quality is perfectly good, with sharp text, solid areas of speckle-free colour and a decent stab at a neutral greyscale print. Our test photo showed colours were a little murky, but that’s a minor complaint.

The rest of the device is standard all-in-one fare, with a 150-sheet input tray at the base and 50 finished sheets feeding out beneath the scanning tray. It has USB 2, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections, and connecting it directly to a network gives access to HP’s range of on-device apps; we found little to get excited about. On the subject of apps, the TopShot is one of a fast-growing number of HP devices to print from mobile devices via Apple’s AirPrint, as well as HP’s own ePrint services.

HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275

We don’t yet have final retail pricing (we expect it to be above £250), but even without that, the big question is who the TopShot is actually for. Its standard document-scanning routine takes every bit as long as a 3D object, so it isn’t a good choice for a busy office, and the print speed is low for a laser these days. It also doesn’t capably shoot objects above a certain size, which effectively limits its appeal to those looking for cheap, fast product shots of palm-size objects. If you run a small eBay shop this may be exactly what you’ve been dreaming of, but there’s no getting away from the fact that HP’s commendable innovation has resulted in what looks to be an incredibly niche product.

Basic Specifications

Resolution printer final600 x 600dpi
Integrated TFT screen?yes
Rated/quoted print speed17PPM
Maximum paper sizeA4
Duplex functionno

Running costs

Inkjet technologyN/A
Ink typeN/A

Power and noise

Dimensions468 x 409 x 495mm (WDH)

Copier Specification

Fax speedN/A

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured)15.0ppm
Colour print speed4.0ppm

Media Handling

CD/DVD printing?no
Input tray capacity150 sheets
Output tray capacity50 sheets


USB connection?yes
Ethernet connection?yes
Bluetooth connection?no

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported?yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported?yes
Operating system Windows XP supported?yes
Other operating system supportWindows Server 2008 & 2003, OS X 10.5+

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