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I have to say we've had this a long time and it's served us so well. In fact it's brill.
Laser printers are basically printers which use powdered toner instead of liquid ink! that's the best way to describe it! The toner comes in a large cartridge which can be replaced when it's run out - many places will take the old cartridge as part exchange for a new one. The print is much more crisp than an inkjet however it doesn't print on all papers anything which has a slight bump in it like laid paper it will not print on and tends to flake off but typical copier paper works perfectly.
This printer prints up to A4 size and can take envelopes, it has two exit points one for paper which comes out of the top at the front and one for card/envelopes which comes out the front the reason for this is that paper can bend easily with the print on whereas card and envelopes need to be flat. It plugs into the back of the computer so it's not wireless. It's a black print only printer.
Obviously this is an old printer now but I saw three on ebay ranging from 99p (start price) to £38.99 (buy it now price). The cartridges range from £10 online but can be bought in Staples etc.
The size of this machine on the desk is approximately 13" width and 9" deep, it's nice and compact on a desk and doesn't have paper sticking out of the back or front as it's loaded in the top which keeps the paper clean and uncrumpled.
It's easy to use, you put the paper in the top and it just has a print function so will print it and it rests in the top waiting to be picked up by yourself.
The thing I like about laser printers is the cheapness because once the printer is bought, there's only the toner to replace and ours lasts a year if not two and I do an awful lot of printing, so for £10 cartridge you get thousands of prints. What we do with ours is we have the inkjet and laser set up and I have the laser as the default printer so that everyone prints in black and white unless they really need the colour in which case we select the colour printer as it goes to print. This saves so much money because to be honest if I'm doing a quick print out of an internet page or the kids are printing off stuff to colour (ie black and white picture) then they don't need a super dupa colour print!
We think this is a brilliant printer and has served us really well over the years with no problems what so ever.
I've rated speed as good because it does take a moment for it to decide to print! but once it's started its quick.
I've rated variety of features as poor because it is a basic printer - it doesn't need anymore for what we use it, it's got less to go wrong without too many features!
I have had this printer for quite a while now, around 3-4 years I think. I got it brand new from my Dad's office as they had ordered too many and offered my Dad a couple to take home to which he obliged.
The Printer is not your modern day printer, but modern enough to be put in the house, well atleast I think it is anyway! It's quite heavy and when you pick up the box with the printer in you would think that it would be huge but it isn't that bad in truth. It's about 10/11 inches tall and similar in the width length so it's pretty much a square. Compared with modern day printers the height may be big but the width is quite similar to many of the ones you would have nowadays.
The printer prints around 8 pages per minute which is not exactly the fastest, but good enough for most people unless you wanted to print thousands of pages in one go. The standard of printing is really good for basic black and white things like word documents. After all it was desgined as an office printer so it does well in this category as it should
You put paper in standing at the top/back and it prints and you can choose where you want it to come out: either from the front upwards so they will come out standing back to back or it can come out through the front onto your desk. The problem with coming out of the front straight onto your desk however is that if you print 2 or more pages then the front page will be at the back and everything else on top of it so full of hassle and that's why i just use the top.
I have changed the ink pack only once as it had already came with one. Both times i got around roughly 2500 pages which is not bad. But the price of the ink drums are extremely expensive costing between £40-£60. I'm not sure on the price now but this was the price 2 years ago.
One thing i have noticed recently is that sometimes when it prints upto 2-3 pages go through the print at the same time when it's only meant to be one! Only one gets printed on and the other 2 come out black as they should but they shouldn't be going through the print at that time. I don't know if this is a universal thing or just with my printer itself but it is a problem.
My dad uses this in his office all the time and i have even seen it in a few of the teachers office's at my old school so it seems quite popular for the office type companies. It's not stylish or good looking whatsoever but it's just basic and does the job it's meant to do without much hassle.
Overall great printer with good quality office type document printing. Basic design but does the job well enough to overlook this and after all it's a printer and is meant to look sexy! Definately reccomend for anyone looking for a printer to print anything black and white.
I have had this as my personal printer at work for over 2 years. In that time I have printed thousands (AND THOUSANDS) of pages. These include emails, CAD drawings, spreadsheets, PDFs and so on. I cannot fault this printer in any area. OK, there is one. When printing out very scaled down spreadsheets it slightly staggers a few gridlines on every page by one or two pixels but it is still presentable and I am talking 120 rows on a landscape orientated A4 page. This could even be down to the printer driver software or PC itself so I'm not worried about it. I note someone else who wrote a review talked about cost per page. Well I think I have used maybe three or four cartridges or whatever they're called and apart from the first OEM one the rest were all recycled ones which cost a lot less and still no problems. And I am fussy! Small footprint and 100% reliability. If I was to buy one for myself this would be it.
Here I am with another printer opinion to help inform purchasing decisions. Thank you in advance for reading and I look forward to any comments you may leave. Firstly, my history of this product. I have been responsible for two of these printers on a network for about five years now. Our experience with each has been different and this puts a unique perspective on this opinion that I hope will encourage thought about purchasing printers for network usage. First, a technical outline. The printer is supplied with 2Mb of internal memory as standard. In both cases, we upgraded to 8Mb internal memory. Now, as a basic guide, the more memory a printer has the quicker it can hand the computer activities back to the processor without interrupting for more print data. Remember this, it will be important in a couple of paragraphs time. The printer has a resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi). This is a perfectly acceptable resolution for a laser printer and this uses no enhancement technology so it is a genuine 600dpi. Beware those that claim higher resolutions and then in the same sentence boast clever enhancing technologies. It is capable of 8 pages per minute and our experience is that this is a realistic expectation of the printer's output. Via various little sliders of plastic on the in tray it can take in a wide variety of different sized media. The paper tray we have installed on this printer claims to hold 100 sheets but jams (read below) are even more common if it is loaded to capacity. Fifty to seventy sheets is a more acceptable working load. The printer can be connected standalone using a parallel port or as is more commonly the case with this workgroup printer, to a network using the inbuilt 10/100 adaptor. We have the computer connected to a Windows network with an NT 4.0 server and Windows 98 clients but again, versatility is a plus point of HP printers and newer and older operating systems will not pose a problem. Windows 95, 98, ME
, 2000, XP and NT4.0 or higher are all covered as are Mac OS 8.1 or above. That really is the technical bit done - there is nothing more to say. Now, a brief overview of the network these printers serve and then on to how each one has coped with the life of drudgery it has enjoyed churning out sheet after sheet for the last five years. The network consists of one server but is split into two. There is an administrative segment home to printer number one of this make and model and then a segment for the rest of the computers. The administrative segment has three machines, rarely connected simultaneously and even rarer that they print simultaneously. The main segment of the network has over forty computers. It is common for up to thirty to be connected at once and for twenty machines to send to the printer at the same time. To understand the different experiences we have had with these printers you need a small background to our printing system. (I promise to keep it short.) Printing from a computer sends the file to the server. At the server, it gets sucked bit by bit into an in queue and then the user gets full control of their computer once again. (Remember the important bit about memory that I promised to return to?) Now, the file gets moved to an outqueue from where the server send it bit by bit to the printer. Now, this is sold as a workgroup printer which means it is designed to serve a small segment of a network. Enter stage left printer number one serving the administrative network. Now, this printer has hardly ever returned a problem. It's print queue empties effortlessly to the printer memory (8Mb) and from there is printed. No problem. Result - the administrative staff describe it as the most reliable printer ever, a delight to use. Printer number two is working that little bit harder, serving the rest of the network. Now, using the magic of complicated mathematics - if you have a file in say, Microsoft Word, tha
t when saved will take up 1Mb, when in the print queue it breeds. There is no explaining it but as it appears in the print queue it swells to over twice its normal size. (Smutty comments to yourself please!) This is fine - the file then moves to the out queue and out to the printer - prints and all is well. Now, let's up the ante slightly. Twenty users all send a 1Mb file at the same time. Each file doubles in size - within milliseconds the printer memory is full and the server is desperately trying to communicate (thousands of times a second) with a printer that has now just stopped listening. Imagine if you will somebody gives you a task to do - you are about to begin and they give you another task ... and another ... and another. You become confused - disorientated and then without warning suffer a nervous breakdown and sit whimpering in the corner doing none of the jobs. Well, that is this printer. Regularly it was found whimpering in the corner with a print queue running to hundreds of megabytes. Clear the print queue, switch the printer off and on (which wipes the memory and is a printer's version of prozac) and all is well once again until the next pressure situation. OVERALL Overall this printer is ideal for the market at which it is targetted. Please, do not try and cut corners. If you have a greater output and a greater number of users then you need more memory and a printer that is better at multitasking. If this printer had a gender it would be male - does one job very well so long as it is left to get on with the job with no nagging. The price of £600 that we paid is now significantly lower and may lead potential buyers to consider other entry level laser printers. I would say that the brand of HP has been superb for printer reliability but you do have to pay attention to the side of the box. If it says workgroup printer this is for a small office of up to half a dozen machines printing a limited number of pages simultaneously.
We have learned and the replacement to this printer performs memory tricks that would have David Blaine applauding. Thanks for taking the time to read this opinion and I hope it succeeds in providing the information needed to inform purchasing decisions. All comments are gratefully received as always - Phil
I bought my Hp 3.5 years ago from new. The price of it was quite reasonable for a printer, a HP laser printer. The first thing you realize when you umpack is that is ... big. Looks like a chunky solid block. To its favor , the width of it is quite small and combined with the big height makes it quite practical for its size. Image is simple and classical in a way. Like a Volvo (well , sort of). The built quality is more that good. Solid construction with quality materials used. I even dropped it from 1.5 meters and made a small "dent" on a wodden floor! The printer still worked , as usual. The only trouble that can give is "grabbing" more than one page. This usually indicates that the rollers need to be checked , but my opinion is that this is a design fault. Sometimes can be annoying but it only showed this symptom after 3 years of operation. Use a good quality paper and try to shuffle the pack a bit before putting it in the printer. Apart from that it never brokedown, needed repair or even troubled me. The whole drum/toner assembly is a bit pricey though. I paid (after 3 years) a total of £56 for the whole assembly. Up till then i had printed about 2150 pages in standard mode (not economy). Not bad. A dixons salesman told me that i could buy the toner only for £25 if the drum is not damaged. Good trick, i might try that in the future. It's not a gizmo printer with flashy lights and full of features. The latter are very limited to the basics. The main idea on this printer is that. Simple, good and reliable. Speed is very nice (8p/min) and quality of printing to usual -impressive- laser standards. Don't get fooled by the 600x600 resolution, this is a laser printer with far superior quality than any bubble jet (up till know at least). Most importantly, quality is always the same. Processing speed is not impressive though. The limited 2MB of memory ca
n frustrate you if you print a multipicture document. Get the memory upgrade. People that need a reliable, simple and of good print quality printer could give an hp a chance. It does have an annoying habbit -sometimes - but it never lets you down. If you need a compact printer with many features and high tech look then stay away.
I have installed many of these HPLJ 1100 printers as an IT Technician and they are nice looking and modern and are good printers with good print quality but after a while we encountered a problem with some of them and the problem is that because of the top loading paper tray the rollers were not picking up the paper as they should. I contacted the company and they said there are aware of the problem with that model picking up chunks of paper instead of one sheet and all they advised was to keep the paper feed full at all times. And as for the printers as they was under guaranty I sent them back and the rollers were replaced quickly. HP makes lovely printers and they have always had very good product support for the odd one that dose go wrong. It is a good fast printer but I must admit I was a bit disappointed. But it might have just been bad luck for me.
I work for quite a large NHS Trust in the South West and we have been hard at work upgrading out of date equipment of late. We took a decision, based on speed and price, to buy the HP LaserJet 1100 as replacement for our other printers. I am glad to say that we have been extremely happy with the outcome!! The printers (we have bought approx. 100 so far) have been completely trouble free, not one failure!!! All our users are delighted with the speed/quality of the printouts, and believe me some of them can be very awkward!!! Ease of install is a major priority in our line and this printer is brilliant!!! T o sum up, I cant fault it!! The price is right, software is good, quality is excellent! If I had one small grumble it would be the cable, why did HP ditch the bog standard parallel cable?
When buying a laser printer look hard at the cost per page. This is where laser printers work out much cheaper over the long-run than ink-jets if you are a significant user. There is also a big difference between laser printers. I looked quite carefully at the HP Laserjet 1100 -- very attractive little thing it is too. However, the drums are quite pricey and get used up relatively quickly. The result is that the print cost per page is 2 or 3 times as high as other laser printers. So I brought a Brother. It has the advantage that the toner (the cheap bit) is separate to the drum (the expensive bit) which helps keep the cost of printing down considerably.