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The thought of printer research fills me with dread each time I need to consider buying a printer not that I go through them but during the short temporary contract teaching jobs I've had to since leaving teaching college in the last four years I've had to fight hard to get devices that would help out teachers in their classrooms. If the schools don't have a spare one, I tend to read up first, go out to second hand shops to buy in cheap printers that have been handed in/sold because of their oversized looks and limited capabilities replaced by something a bit more modern and faster. Since working at many schools, I've since recommended many devices, not necessarily new but certain products that go the distance.
When I first asked for a printer, the plea didn't go unnoticed but it did take a long time for the school at the time to give me a printer I could install and put into my room. I nearly considered bringing my own recently purchased Canon 3 in 1 printer, but the space for it would have to be allocated since space in my classroom is at a premium. Instead I eventually brought in my old HP 2180 all in one printer scanner but as usual the software installations made it difficult to work with networked school computers, both with PC and MAC systems. I dreaded getting another HP and as it so happened, I got the HP 1015 LaserJet from another department who happened to have a "spare one," lying around and from new it cost the school something in the region of a very much capped discount price of £65. Currently HP 1015 new is usually priced between £80 and £100. I've since seen the same printer in charity shops and it seems to be a very popular model. Has the dread been ironed out by experience then?
Measuring 23cm by 37cm and a height of roughly 20 to 21 cm, the HP 1015 is a very nifty and compact printer that sits directly next to my Apple MAC computer screen. I was chuffed to bits that I didn't have to move anything out of the way and the printer itself is very easy to get into to change over tanks including the black toner tank. For toner changing, it's the top half of the printer lid, which can be unlocked and swung upwards in order to change the tank. Indeed it has been roughly a year and a half since the last toner tank was replaced (teachers and classroom assistants tend to write the date as a reminder) and with a 2000 page duration, the replacement costs the school £45 but online the cheapest I have seen is between £15 to £28. Here is where the differences between bubble jet and laser ink becomes more apparent. Depending on the amount you print, the HP 1015 isn't worth the time financially if you don't print a lot of documents. The toner cartridges are separately filed under each colour available such as blue, cyan, yellow and magenta. As such HP's original pricing can range up to £50 to £60 each time, bearing in mind that the colours can last up to 30000 pages depending on what you are actually printing. My HP 1015 still has its original colour tanks on board and they don't look like they will need replacing just yet. The cost prices do vary especially for the HP 1015 these days and as such I tend to buy my own ink for my Canon 3 in 1 from an online company I was recommended to try by a Dooyoo member, (www.mouse2house.co.uk) and on there they can supply refurbished tanks for this HP 1015 at a cost of £19-99. Amazon for example stock the "HP Original Q2612A Laser Cartridge Black 12A," but it costs £50 and seems to be a very expensive price.
In terms of controls there are three buttons - cancel, activation and re-print - very simple and intuitive and two orange/green LED lights that comes on to show when the HP 1015 is on and if there's a problem. The HP 1015 can accept up to 100 sheets of A4 paper on its bottom feeder tray at the front and there's a height adjustable paper locker fitted into the opening flap where you can adjust the size of the paper to lock in. Overtime when not in use however paper can be locked into the printer but the flap has to be pushed down so that the front flap can be closed over. A flap at the top of the HP 1015 permits the printed-paper to sit directly after it has been printed - and this is very important to fold out whenever you are printing paper or waiting for it to emerge at the top of the machine. As for plastics, the latter tray feels flimsy but at least its design allows the weight of paper regardless of how many sheets you may print in one go. The actual printer itself is reasonably well made too, the grey and black accents contribute to hiding scratches well enough and the whole unit does have a quality feel to it. The weight of the HP 1015 is roughly 6kg and when bought brand new you'll have to supply yourself with a USB cable.
In terms of general use and performance, I find the HP 1015 is a very easy printer which is reliable and quick to task. It prints paper out at a reasonably fast rate and I can see why it is popular in schools. For those who love stats then, 1200dpi resolution with optical 600 by 600dpi may well look old fashioned than the current printers' capabilities today but for simple printing I find the fast rate and quality generally very good without many inaccuracies. The HP 1015 roughly does 14 to 15 pages per minute and the printer does it without being overly noisy; a good point since most printers these days have replaced the motors with efficiency of features and put motor noise to one side. I find the HP 1015 is a lot quieter than my more modern and passed on HP all in one 2180 model that was fairly cheaply priced and could only take 10 sheets of A4 at a time.
In my experience one of the downsides to the HP 2180 was it's increasingly difficult to install software. It had too many windows popping up showing the owner that paper is being printed and the whole system embedding itself into the hard drive taking and replacing everything such as documents and photos and putting it into HP's additional photo shop software. None of that nonsense here though - the HP 1015 comes with pre-installed software that covers the basics, from installing the drivers (and you can easily update them online) to a basic print/cancel menu. Nothing about embedding hard drives and putting documents and all manner of printable content into another HP folder, either! The HP 1015 installs easily on Windows XP, Vista and current MAC systems with very little input. Be warned however; do not sign up to register HP products because you'll be forever inundated with special offers and constant reminders to buy tanks!
Lastly the downsides to the HP 1015 are very few and far between. For high glossy printing I've noticed that the HP 1015 can promote a very good colour generally and when it comes to printing out, the speed is roughly just an inch slower than normal black to white paper printing. Another issue is the fold out paper tray at the top of the printer where the final printed paper job completes; if you don't fold out the plastic holder, printed paper often falls down the smooth and curved fascia at the front and can often re-insert the paper into the bottom paper tray and be printed over again! This has happened to me on more than one occasion! Another downside is that there is no tank or ink percentage window to show how high or low the ink is going. The age of this printer is a quite a few years old and you often have to guess by judging how thin the ink is going simply by printing something out.
If you need a printer that does the basics, the HP 1015 is worth seeking out. In terms of maintenance and further needs, the HP 1015 is also fairly easy to disassemble; usually if it clogs on paper, the paper is automatically pushed out and I've only had one minor clog where paper got stuck but could be pulled out in one piece without it tearing or simply open the top cover and gently pull the paper out. All in all for an "old" printer, the HP 1015 is well worth looking out for even though the costs are high granted its laser ink format. It may look grey and boring but at least it does the job perfectly, and for some buyers it may well be worth looking out for. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010
I bought my HP Laserjet 1015 when I doing my dissertation at university five years ago, so that instead of waiting six hours for my old inkjet printer to print 100 pages it would only take 10 minutes! I've also found since buying a mono laser printer I can live without having a colour printer except for a couple of times a year.
It's been my trusted companion ever since. I've replaced the toner cartridge twice in five years, I do use it a fair amount so I'm really happy with the amount I get between changes. I paid £20-30 for each toner cartridge refill, excellent value for money per print. Unfortunately it doesn't tell you on you're computer when its close to running out, so you have to wait till the print starts to get lighter as the toner levels get low.
The quality of print is good for a basic laser printer, it's clear and the print quality is fine where needed. It prints fast at up to 10 pages per minute, and the load time between pressing print and the printer starting is quick.
The drivers aren't required in Windows Vista, as they part of the pre loaded pack of drivers. I've also networked it across the home network hosting it from my computer, only using the Windows Printer Sharing.
Overall I've been very happy with the printer, over five years, no faults, only two refills and troublefree printing! Truely Plug and Play in Vista makes it easy.
Facts and Figures
Printer Cost £120
Refill £30 (Official cartridge ~£60)
Manual states 1500 sheets per cartridge.
100 sheet A4 paper tray.
HP Laserjet 1015 made me one bad day
I wasn't in the mood to make reviews to day but our HP 1015 laserjet is really giving me a hard day.
We had acquired this unit a couple of years ago and i really regret that they had assigned this unit to our department.
Most of the time, i use this equipment in printing out Books of Accounts in which requires faster and clearer print.
It's like printing 5 books to be hard bounded and be submitted to our revenue department.
Our HP Laserjet was use to perform well. It comes with a driver and was very easy to install.
I also had enjoyed clear output before. We also make sure we buy original cartridges for this particular unit just to ensure it won't break down easily.
If you enjoy stress, use this printer.
But in just a short while, many problems is starting to arise. We had already subjected this unit for repair for i think more than three times now.
Most of the time the problem is, the paper always stuck in the releasing panel and it is such a waste of paper, ink and time. Not to mention just how expensive those supplies.
Among all of our printing, this is the most unreliable unit we have.
This printer really stress me! And from my experience, i am not recommending this to anybody.
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