The HP 2700n seems to have been engineered, rather than designed. The toner system includes a clever latching mechanism which reveals the fragile light-sensitive drums as you close the cover, protecting them while it's open. From the outside, however, the HP 2700n isn't quite so appealing. Its large breadbin case has a hefty footprint and the HP 2700n's panel is minimal.

Installation went smoothly and the HP 2700n was up-and-running in five minutes. HP's drivers tend to be fussy and riddled with adware but, while the HP 2700n does suggest you register, the only thing it tries to sell you is consumables within the main driver page.

The main software is HP's ToolboxFX, which includes status information, network details, and a rough estimate of the remaining toner. The networking and remote status tools make remote operation practical, which almost compensates for the HP 2700n's size - with ethernet it becomes easier to hide away a hefty printer in a cupboard.

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