Product Type: Hewlett-Packard printers
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Fairwell my Faithful Friend
HP Laserjet 1300
Member Name: Coffeetiere
HP Laserjet 1300
Advantages: Reliable with quality prints
Disadvantages: None really
For the last three years I have had in one of my offices a HP laser jet 1300 printer. He is old, I'm not sure how old, my guess would be that he has been around for at least 10 years. But, despite his advancing years my HP Laserjet is my faithful office friend.
Aesthically he does look like something from the last century, a surviving relic of the 1990s but he behaves well, doesn't jam and prints nice sharp text. I shall be sad to see him go, but he is no longer "compatible" - I got an update to Windows 7 and ever since he has been unable to connect to my computer.
HP Laserjet 1300 is a quite bulky and large printer considering it only has one paper tray. The tray sticks out at the front and is detachable, like printer trays used to be and I think these printers also began life with a grey transparent cover to go over the tray, although my has lost its cover long ago. The printer is a textured beige colour, again a fashionable colour in the 90s, unlike the later models which tend to be black or grey.
Using the HP Laserjet
This is the most reliable printer I used by far, in three years I don't think it has even jammed five times. I usually need a new printer cartridge about once every six months and this is all the maintenance it requires. The cartridge goes in a door at the front, which flips down and pulls the cartridge out with it, which is a very neat idea. Adding a new cartridge is simple, just slot it in and off it goes.
The paper tray holds 250 pages, or about a quarter of an average pack of paper. It takes about 10 seconds for the first page to start printing after sending it from the computer and prints around 20 pages per minute. If the printer runs out of paper whilst printer, just add more and it happily continues on without getting confused or agitated.
This printer can be networked through its parallel port and standard USB interfaces, although my printer is just for me. All the plug sockets are situated at the back on the printer.
There is only one button on the whole printer, at the front which is for reset and it looks like the the face of a frog, sideways - a big month for the button and two eyes, one red for stop and go for green.
The printer accepts a variety of paper sizes and types, and the tray size can be altered, although I only ever print on A4, which is the largest paper size it takes.
Well, he's not compatible with Windows 7, however he is comparable with all Windows which come beforehand. He is also compatible with Macs and Linux. The software CD has long since gone but up to how I have always been able to download the relevant software from the web when needed in the past, usually after my computer has re-imaged.
The print is always sharp and consistent right up until the last few pages of a cartridge. It is just a black and white printer, which is fine for me as I don't need colour. The quality of images it prints is very high and not pixelated and it also prints things well off the web. Work provides the cartridges for me, I use HP small capacity 13A which are available on Amazon for about £20. One cartridge prints probably more than 5,000 sides, depending on what I am printing.
Cost of Printer
It is possible to buy used and refurbished HP Laserjet 1300s and they are selling on Amazon for around £50, which for such an old piece of equipment seems quite expensive. However, may be an old version of a printer but it is very reliable, so I would say worth it.
I have only ever had one issue with it and that is sometimes it slightly curls the top of the pages as it prints. This is only a minor issue and doesn't really bother me and can be "ironed out" as it were.
All in All
This is a classic! A great quality printer with great quality results. I will be really sorry to loose him as he has been a really faithful friend and still working perfectly. I can only hope my new printer will prove to be as reliable.
Bye, bye HP Laserjet 1300, I hope you get sent on to a nice new life.
Summary: An old but faithful HP
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