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Normally I have no problems at all in reaching the minimum word count here, and in fact I would be very hard pressed to manage if it were a maximum! With the HP LaserJet 1020 printer, though, I am faced with an unfamiliar problem, that of what on earth to write about. You see, I could easily sum up this printer in a couple of sentences. Something like this: "This is an excellent workhorse mono laser for light to moderate text use. If that's what you need, than you'll be hard pressed to find better among its contemporaries."
Still, it seems only fair that I write a little bit more than that, so here goes. Firstly, consider the brand. HP attracts its fair share of negative comments, but if you look a little closer at those you'll find that in general the critics are talking about their colour inkjet printers. Those do seem to have some reliability problems, and my own experience with a substantial DeskJet would bear that out. However, the mono lasers generally have a much better record: they're simple things, without too much to go wrong, and for the most part they live up to that billing; this 1020 certainly does.
This is an old model now - it was first produced nearly five years ago - and indeed it's something like three years since its replacement (the slightly tweaked 1022) appeared. That being so, you're unlikely to find a 1020 sitting on the shelves of your local PC World. That also means that one of HP's best decisions - that, unlike many manufacturers, the initial included toner cartridge is a full one rather than an anaemic "starter" - is less important than it once was. However, both printer and toner are readily available second-hand for not much money; a cartridge should last for around 2,000 pages, which is reasonable though not amazing.
This is a very compact printer, something which those of us with limited space around their computers will welcome. It's a far cry from the bloated behemoths of the "all in one" combined inkjet/scanner/card reader/microwave (well, probably) units that are so beloved of the high street electronics retailers these days. Part of that is because the HP is a printer pure and simple: the only things you can plug into it are the USB cable and the power lead. I don't imagine that it needs saying that this is not suitable for paper sizes above A4, but there: I've said it anyway! Still, at least there's a separate feed for single pages that you can use without disturbing the main paper tray.
Print results definitely bear out the notion that this is a text rather than a graphics printer. Text looks extremely nice in standard quality, and even if you select economy (dark grey rather than black) it's perfectly adequate for letters and the like. Graphics quality is more uneven, and I wouldn't really recommend it for anything but the most informal of uses. The 1020 is also slanted towards small print jobs: it's notably prompt at printing out the first page - none of that interminable preparatory clattering here - but on longer jobs it slows a bit to avoid getting too hot: there's no fan. There's no duplexer, either, so if you want double-sided printing you'll have to feed the pages through twice.
I spend most of my time in Linux these days, and until relatively recently this was something of a problem, with HP's Linux support being widely derided. I had to install an unofficial third-party driver, which wasn't a big problem but which did require a certain amount of messing around on the command line. However, a year or two ago HP woke up and produced a proper Linux driver, which I have had no serious problems with. I have also had no difficulties using the 1020 in Windows XP, although I cannot speak from experience of what it might be like with Vista or 7 (or indeed MacOS).
I don't have any particular complaints about practical considerations of the printer in use. It's not at all loud, even if you have the printer right next to where you're sitting, and there aren't banks of annoying flashing lights to distract you. (Actually there are only two small lights, and no buttons at all on the printer itself!) The click when the machine returns to standby a couple of minutes after printing has finished can startle you if you're not expecting it, but that aside the HP's most notable feature is that you *don't* notice it. The 1020 simply does its job, without any fuss, and I'm very happy indeed with mine.
The HP 1020 laserjet is a mono chrome laser print, that is ideally suited for large printing jobs that consist of text, this is the reason for the purchase of the 1020, as being a university student studying law, there is a large amount of printing!
There printer itself may be described as basic in comparison with other printers, but contained all the other features that i needed. The printer allows for duplex printing, but this has to be a setting done through the computers printers setting. A problem with the duplex printing is it is a manuel process, by this a person has to take the printed out paper from the out tray and refeed it in to the paper feeder. This can then cause the second side of the paper to be printed to be wonky compared to the other side. A positive of the computer setting of the duplex setting is a number of other setting can be set, such as booklet printing, where a print job can be folded in half, by this it will fold into half the size of a piece of A4 paper in landscape.
The print quality of the print is excellent, and can be set in either the darkest done or in 'eco' mode, by which the toner is used spareingly. Although this printer does not do a good job when printing images, for image print it is my belief a person should not be using a laser print but an inkjet.
The toner that came orginally with printer was not a full cartridge, but did last for a very long period, for around, 10 months, when considering the large amount of printing I do is a very long period. With the new cartridge that I have installed, which was extremely easy, it just slides into the printer, I have so far gone through 2 500 page packs of paper, with printing on both sides and the cartridge is still going. One down side to this is the cost of the cartridge which can be pricey, but then again all laser printer cartridges are pricey. When one balances the price against the amount it prints, it is good value for money.
What this printer states it does, it does good and does not claim to go beyond its abilities, although there are one or two more features that could have been added, such as networking capability, although this would meaning the printer would cost more. What this printer is best suited for is in a small office and home environment due to the cartridges long printing life.
HP LaserJet 1020 is right next to me.I have made sure that this machine sits right next to me. When i want prints ,i want to get it fast without compromising on the quality of the prints and HP LaserJet 1020 does exactly what i wanted and that is what most of us are in need of and looking for.We all wanted prints of high quality and the ones which cost us less money. Whether its the machine ccost or cost of the prints and this is one sucj machine that gives you the complete satisfaction right from the moment you buy it.Changing the cartridge when its due is also quick and easy.Those laser cartridges are quite costly, you will get back more than what you have invested within days.HP dealers provide cartridges at your door step on just a phone call for discounted rates.If you are looking for low printing cosr machine that is free of maintenance on the longer run whether used at home or office this one will suit all your needs.You can just blindly buy it.