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The HP Laserjet 1200 is the printer I use everyday at work. It is a basic machine, and I think quite old now, but it does the job pretty well.
The printer is just as in the image above. It is not the smallest of machines - not at all like the compact printers that you can get - so you will need a fair bit of desk space to accommodate it. I have a fairly deep office desk and find that, when placed at the back of the desk, it reaches more than halfway to the front edge of the desk.
This is a black-and-white only machine, no colour printing here. However, the print quality is pretty good, and you can certainly get away with printing graphics on it if you don't need them to be in colour. For example, I have printed off maps from multimap, documents with logos and so on, and they have always been of perfectly acceptable quality.
The paper is loaded into a tray at the front, which is covered by a removeable clear plastic lid. I like the fact that you can see how much paper you have left, so you can easily top it up. If you do run out of paper, there is a status light on the front of the printer which will flash orange to warn you. It will flash whenever the tray is empty, not just if you run out in the middle of a print job, so you are reminded to fill up before you set anything else to print. I initially wondered what the transparent lid was for over the paper tray, until I printed a multipage document without it in place, and the pages started to curl back inside the printer. Hmm. So, leave the lid in place!
The printer is not overly noisy, but neither is it as quiet as a whisper. You can definitely hear it working away, but it's not so noisy as to disturb a phonecall for example.
Inkwise this takes big toner cartridges. As I use this machine at work, the toner gets ordered from the stationery stores, so I am not sure about how much it would be to buy. However, there is never a problem with availability as I think this same cartridge is suitable for a few different printers. The toner lasts well - I am not a heavy user of the printer, but would certainly print about 5 pages a day on average, and the toner lasts a few months.
There are very few problems with paper jams or malfunctions. The only times I have had trouble is when I've been using scrap paper - still A4 size, but already used on one side. This has occasionally caused a paper jam if it has had one curled up corner for instance, but I can't really blame the printer for this. In any case, it is easy to get access to the inside of the printer by opening the front cover and removing the toner, so it's not a problem to remove the offending paper.
Overall I would say this is a reliable day-to-day printer. I don't think I would necessarily choose to purchase this - I would prefer to find something a little smaller - but if you are looking for a basic machine that won't cause you any hassle, this is a good choice, and with being an older model I imagine you could find some good deals out there.
This is the marmite of printers .. love it or hate it! or sometimes even both. As with many printers they either work like a dream or give you endless problems.
I have a hp laserjet 1200 series on my desk at work, it looks old and grubby in its wish-wash cream colour and it bulky casing but let me tell you when it works its a hell of a printer!!
This is only a black and white laserjet with 1200dpi x 1200dpi but for the purpose of general documents its great and speedy. The toner cartridges (that arnt cheap) tend to last quite a while which every owner wants as these usually cost more than the printer! The paper feeding tray has plenty of room for a large stack of paper and has no problem reeling it in without human interference.
This printer does have its problems as do most .. as every once in a while there are paper jams and the printer seems to print one page ... wait ages.. then print the next and if you look at the print command screen on your computer it will say your printing hundereds of pages even though you have only asked for 3???
These problems are infrequent so not much need to worry. Im sure there are better printers out there but for the money and age of this printer it is a real battle axe and worth a look.
Hp Laser Jet 1200
I am not much of a technical minded person but I do however know what Is good and what is bad for the things I need. This is a printer that sits on my desk at work and to be honest could do with a bit of an upgrade. It is though, perfect for everything that I need at work.
Because this printer is at work and prints a lot faster than my one at home I find myself printing most of my documents at the work place even those things that I should be doing at home, (naughty me). I find this way I use less ink at home and save myself a lot of time because as I say this HP LaserJet 1200 prints a lot faster than my own home printer.
The LaserJet printer takes up rather a large amount of space on my tiny desk at work but because it is one of the most used things on the desk this is of course no trouble to me. I have had this particular printer for a few years and I think when we change premises, which is in the next few months, we will all be getting new equipment and I shall be sorry to see my old printer go.
Of course I myself did not pay for this printer and after doing a little research I found that for a printer such as this you are looking at paying around the £300 mark. This price is for me way too steep if I was going to be using it at home but for the amount of use I get out of it at the office I think this price is a fairly good bargain. It has as well lasted for ages and I have had no problems at all when using it and no repairs or anything have had to be done.
That fact that this printer prints out text documents so fast is really a good thing when at work because that is of course the whole reason for me being at work. My main role is secretary and therefore I am printing out letter after letter and needing them pretty quickly to keep me up together with my workload. Not only does this printer spew out the documents at a fast rate it also does it in relative silence. This is good for not disturbing both the dictation machine, which I need to hear load and clear and also when I am chatting to my colleagues I do not want to have to shout over the noise of a printer and with this HP laser Jet 1200 I am certainly not needing to do that!
The printer at work is only used for text documents and unlike my home printer is no good for photos or things like that. It also only prints out in black and white, which is prefect for the things that I do at work and this does not bother me at all. I have never tried to print any sort of picture with this machine but I am sure that if I needed to a black and white picture, if not a photo would come out at a reasonable standard.
The printer is connected to the computer not by a USB cable but by a rather large computer cable that is able to send all the necessary information through from the computer to the printer quickly and efficiently. I have had no problems with this but it is not me who would set the system up as there are IT people that are only allowed to touch the things like that for fear of us amateurs getting it all messed up. Although I have had a fiddle from time to time and as I see it the printer instillation is fairly straight forward as with most and the on screen instructions literally guides you through the whole process and is easy to pick up and master. Dont tell the IT chaps that though!!!
Using the printer as a whole is very straightforward and easy and I am sure this printer would be suitable for anyone of any sort of technical mind. I am not too hot on what is good with all the specifications and the like but this is the information on the printer for those of you who this makes sense to:
Product Description - HP LaserJet 1200 - printer - B/W - laser
Printer Type - Personal printer - laser - monochrome
Max Media Size (Standard) - Legal, A4
Max Media Size (Custom) - 216 mm (Legal) x 356 mm (Legal)
Dimensions (WxDxH) - 41.5 cm x 48.7 cm x 25.2 cm
Max Resolution - 600 dpi x 600 dpi
Interface - Parallel
The printer hardly ever jams up and as I say I have had no real problems with it whatsoever. The ink cartridge is easy to replace and all you have to do is pull out the old one and literally shove in the new one. This is very simple easy and no mess at all is involved. The paper tray that is clearly visible from the front of the printer fits in tons of paper and lasts me a good few days of typing before I have to refill the stack.
One of the best parts of the machine I would say is the envelope tray where you are able to print off envelopes with ease and efficiency. This is the only part that will sometime jam up but once jammed all you need to do is flick down the front cover and the envelope is right there for you to take out and reinsert in the front. The envelopes print easy and quickly and because I do a fair amount of these I really do appreciate having this function.
Overall I would say this printer really is a pleasure to use on a daily basis and for the amount of text documents it must have printed since I have been working with it, it has really lasted well and is still going strong. You obviously get what you pay for and at £300 I think this office printer is well worth every penny. It is efficient, quiet and very speedy. I cant see any problems with it at all and for office use I think you could ask for no more.
So, without causing offence as I have neither the energy nor the inclination to respond to the frequent television and radio adverts, but this machine is to printing what the Territorial Army is to the country’s defence. Let me explain. Over the weekend the Territorial Army take to the hills and do whatever they do to train for a possible wartime situation. The thing is – they’re not ‘real’ soldiers. (This is where genuine TA members can jump in and leave their response.) The Territorial Army is made up of groups of lawyers, teachers, doctors and other non-army occupations who join together to form a part time army. No problem there and in the name of national security we applaud you. However, ultimately these people aren’t really made for the army and spend most of their combat year – gathering dust so to speak. Now, put is in a state where national security is at risk and all of a sudden the Territorial Army spring into action. With often-uncomfortable postings, regiments of the Territorial Army dust off their combats and do a splendid job for a few weeks and then once again fade into obscurity. And now I arrive back at this printer. You see, we’ve owned this printer for a while now but it has been sat in an office where the PC hardly ever gets used and therefore the printer has been largely gathering dust. Every once in a while it shakes off its dust cover and spits out a couple of pages for practise, just to keep its eye in so to speak. Last week however the workgroup printer went down. Now the workgroup printer is the big mamma of our printing world, printing literally hundreds of pages a week. With no other alterative we whistled for back up and along came the HP LaserJet 1200 from the back office. Carefully manoeuvred into position by the worker of the back office, the HP LaserJet, never designed to be a workgroup printer, was placed in the firing line. For a full week the agony of fro
ntline printer action was levelled at it and hey ... it did pretty well. Apart from a couple of jams when it neared the end of its 260 page paper tray, the printer survived the week before hurrying back to its day job in the back office. (I guess its now doing the printer equivalent of lighting an occasional cigar, throwing its feet on the desk and boring the pants off the other peripherals with tales of daring and stamina.) Seriously though – this is a personal printer and therefore not intended for vast outputs and yet for a short spell it performed just fine. That for me is enough to recommend this printer for small to medium enterprises. The long term printing has been reliable but as I said it is usually under used. And so to the specification – this is for the techno. heads who may be serious about comparing this to other similarly priced printers. We paid about £350.00 for this printer but that was six to eight months ago and prices have dropped since then. The printer is a mono laser printer and offers the quality of build that would be expected from Hewlett Packard. It is quite light at 8.3kg and has a relatively small footprint. Its maximum resolution is an acceptable 1200X1200 dpi and it is rated at 15 pages per minute but my own experience last week says that real output as jobs begin to queue is more likely to be about half that figure. It has 8Mb of RAM on board which for larger print jobs is just insufficient and has the effect of slowing down the computer being used to print. The printer ships with drivers for Windows 3.x/95/98/ME and Apple Mac OS 8.6 or later. It is also compatible with Microsoft Windows NT4.0 and worked just fine on a Windows XP machine using the NT drivers. Overall: The printer is a good printer for lightweight use but wins brownie points and a reward for valour having performed a great role in the frontline of printing last week. Hope this helps with your purchasing deci
sions and look forward to reading your feedback.
I?ve been using the HP LaserJet 1200 mono (not colour) printer at work for a while now, so I thought I would attempt to write a review on it and tell you all what a great reliable little model this actually is, although a little expensive but I?ll get to that later. From memory it was, as most printers are these days fairly easy to set up, even someone that?s techno phobic could install this fairly easily within a few minutes (5 at the very most), of course with the little CD and Wizard prompting you along the way. Following installation, it prompts you to print a test page enabling you to ensure all is working as it should be and I?m pleased to say it was, the thing I noticed was how quick it was in comparison with the model before (that was incidentally an antique!), as I had just completed some paperwork earlier that morning, I decided to give it a fair old run and print off some paperwork (70 pages) I had completed earlier that morning, so I loaded the printer tray with some A4 paper and then sent all 70 documents to printer, I was impressed, it was complete within around 5 minutes (15 pages per minute) and the quality was superb, very clear but I must stress at this point the quality of the paper is very important as in the past I have used some cheap paper when we have ran out and the quality was not so impressive, tending to blur slightly in places. The best thing I have found about the printer is there is hardly any noise, in fact you would hardly be aware there was a printer in the office, I mean the last thing you want when you are on the telephone is the awful squeaking noises that some printers can make when you are trying to conduct a serious conversation (as if). If you find your office photocopier is a bit of a walk away, then don?t worry cause this little package will also give you the ability to photocopy pages, simply feed into tray and press the copy button and fairly quickly you?ll be in possession of a photoco
py, so it?s not just a pretty face you see, it?s office friendly. It comes complete with everything needed to get you started, a user manual, USB cable, HP Software (includes interactive users manual, printing suggestions, address to purchase ink cartridges and support), also included was of course a black ink printer cartridge ? which would normally set you back around £40, pricey I know but one cartridge does last you a good while or to make it easier around 2,500 pages. For all it?s actually a personal printer, it does seem to weigh more than the average ? at a guess I would say around 3.5-4 kgs, which in comparison with say my little Compaq IJ300 at home is fairly hefty. Here comes the painful bit, it will set you back somewhere in the region of £300, but if you can afford and need something that will print you good quality documents in a hurry without bringing in the ceiling, then this is worth looking at. As I said we have been using this for almost a year now and even though it does tend to get heavily used, probably 50-250 pages per day, it?s proved pretty reliable and as yet we have had no problems with it (touch wood). Specifications Product Description - HP LaserJet 1200 - printer ? B/W - laser Printer Type - Personal printer - laser - monochrome Max Media Size (Standard) - Legal, A4 Max Media Size (Custom) - 216 mm (Legal) x 356 mm (Legal) Dimensions (WxDxH) - 41.5 cm x 48.7 cm x 25.2 cm Max Resolution - 600 dpi x 600 dpi Interface - Parallel / USB Thanks for reading, take care, Heather :o)