This printer is aimed at small office or home use, and that is the perfect market for this product. If you regularly print large quantities of text, no color images and don't want to spend a large amount of money, then this is the printer for you. Firstly this printer is so much smaller than many rival laser printers, that are almost industrial size. This printer only weighs 5.5 KG and its dimensions in (WxDxH) are 37 cm x 24.5 cm x 24.1 cm, small for a printer of its ilk. Secondly the printer prints at a rapid rate(18 sheets ppm), large documents with full bodies of texts are printed in no time at all, meaning the old fashioned wait around the printer for your documents is almost a thing of the past. The text is always clearly printed of a high standard. One negative with this product, is that to print on the other side, you have to manually turn the paper over, but for around £100 quid, you have to expect this. This printer has been reliable for me, not having any issues in a number of years.
To conclude, this printer is great at quickly printing black and white text. If that is what you need your printer to do, then this is the product for you. If you want to print in color and print lots of pictures, then this is definitely not the product for you.
This laser printer offers amazing and concise printing quality for images and word. It is quite an old printer now, (about 6 years) but still works very well, and is simple to use. It provide neat and accurate printing - but this is due to the fact it is a laser cartridge, so in a way less messier than ink cartridges.
The product --> The stereotype I would give to this printer is for personal home use or small office use (the use I know it best for). It isn't too big to store, the size being: 37cm width, 24cm height and 24cm depth. It is a slightly heavy printer compared with others, at almost 6kg. But it is manageable to move around. The main body is a light grey colour, with the output tray a darker grey and the input tray (which comes out and can be pushed back in for storage) is blue. It has a small dark blue flap to contain the paper, and able it to stay straight. This has storage for 250 pieces of paper, or 15 envelopes. On top of the main input tray, they is a slot above it as an additional input. This is known as the priority feeder, and the paper will be printed from this first. This can hold 10 pieces of paper. By putting the paper upwards this is the way it prints, so you can put information on business paper for eg, and to make it easier layout the paper so you know the way it will print.
The print outputs are very quick, and black graphics can be printed at 16 pages a minute, and black text is 15. This is very quick, compared with ink which can take far longer. There are some newer laser printers out there for personal use, such as the Okidata range which can be around 19 pages. But HP does give users quick printing - which is what is needed in a fast paced environment. The dpi is 1200x1200, which is good, high quality.
It can be quite noisy, and unlike models today can't handle a very heavy work load, so for larger business's you would want to invest in something larger and quieter. To print onto both sides of the paper, you do need to flip it over as it doesn't offer a duplex printing service. If you run out of paper too, the noise is quite nasty, just a constant grinding for about 5 seconds as a warning! But I think I would prefer a beeping sound as an indication instead. Yet, these setbacks are to do with amount it can do and noisy, so printer quality is not affected.
If you often print documents of a PDF document, it can crash the printer spooler (happened to me many times) so it often means resetting, or cancelling and restarting the other jobs in the queue. Generally though, it is very reliable and it isn't a weekly problem! Sending a document to the printer and to be printed does not take must time, it has very fast speeds of this, I notice it happens in around 5 seconds. It is connected to the computer through a 2.0 USB port, and with the user cd it is very easy to set up! It has 8mb memory, which can work using the computer memory and speeding up the printing process. The processor is a fast 266MHz.
The cost --> This particular printer doesn't tend to sell now from HP direct, as it is discontinued stock. But they can be picked up refurbished, and also on auction sites. There are a few newer models out there which are the 1022n and 1022nw (which is wi-fi enabled). To buy now it would be around £105, but refurbished about £70, depending on the quality it is in. As this requires toners, that are more expensive of cartridges anyway, they are from £45-50, and last completely dependent on your work load. For personal use it would probably last about 6 months. But business use and printing documents every day (up to 20) is about 2-3 months. This variable however really does depend on personal usage. I do think it offers good value though, and sometimes the toners are offered in bulk buy, such as 3 for £120. A disadvantage of this now though is that others do sell for cheaper, you can pick toners up for about £35, so it is quite a high cost of toner. But to go against this, it does last for months so it works out well. Also, when running low on the toner, if they are taken out and shook up for a minute it usually gives another week to two weeks of smart printing again. Don't underestimate giving it a good shake up!
The verdict --> This printer offers high quality, brilliant printing for offices. For the conscious of spending it is a great buy because they can be picked up for not TOO much money, if refurbished or used, and the toners have a good life on them. I recommend this, as long as you aren't too fussy about how loud it is when empty, and if you don't often require duplex printing.