We have a few printers in work, this one isn't large enough to support the number of people printing to it, so it is used as an overflow for printing on letterhead, bypassing the queue when you're in a hurry, and printing confidential things to avoid them getting mixed up with the other jobs on the main printer. As I work in finance, I use this printer on a daily basis as it's based nearer to my desk and avoids me having to run across the office trying to desperately rescue everyone's salary becoming public knowledge.
==Price and Availability==
I have done some research online, and this printer costs in the region of £100. I am not sure how long we have had this printer, but I know it's been at least two years because that's how long I've worked for the company. To my knowledge, it has never had any issues during this time apart from having to refill the cartridge regularly.
As you can see from the picture, this printer is a fairly standard no-frills printer. Rather than being all-singing, all-dancing, it just gets the job done. It is a black and white printer, and doesn't offer any additional features such as photocopying or scanning. In my opinion, this is a bit similar to mobile phones in that sometimes, the more buttons something has, the more chance there is of something breaking.
The standard memory of this printer is 16MB, but this can be boosted to 80MB.
The printer is reasonably compact compared to our main printer, but is still quite bulky and heavy to move round. Obviously being in an office we have plenty of desk space, and it's set up in one place without being moved around so this isn't an issue. For households, however, something of this size might take up a little too much room, although I'm not sure you can get a good quality printer much smaller than this one.
Style wise, it's very simple and clean looking. There are no confusing buttons or screens, just the power button and that's about it. Because we've had ours a while and it has moved office with us, it looks a little tired now, with the body looking a bit dirty and scuffed, but this is only because it's been herded around and people never take as much care with communal items as they do with their own belongings.
There is a tray at the bottom of the printer which holds the paper you wish to print on. The tray is covered but I'm not sure what purpose the cover has, apart from stopping the paper getting dusty. I could live without the cover to be honest, as it gets in the way sometimes when you're trying to fill the paper up. The tray is designed to hold around 260 sheets of paper, which is plenty for occasional useage. If you're printing a lot, however, it's worth keeping an eye on the output at the top of the printer, as it can get a bit jammed if you don't remove the paper regularly.
This printer has a printing speed of 20 pages per minute. I would say this is fairly accurate, I don't use this printer for heavy duty printing, but for what I do use it for, it rarely keeps me waiting for the finished result. By the time I've hit print and walked across the office, it's usually finished, or if it's a large document it's well on the way to being finished.
This printer has a black and white cartridge which needs replacing every now and then, obviously depending on how often it is used. I would say it needs replacing once every few months, which is about average for an office. Rather than risking damaging the printer, we only use the branded HP cartridges. The cost of the cartridges varies depending on where you buy them from, and whether you stick with the branded ones, but they are no more expensive than other HP models. Replacing the cartridge is simply a case of slotting it in after opening the "door" at the front. It's very easy to figure out, as it's the only part of the printer which opens.
==Quality of Printing==
The quality of printing is excellent. I've never noticed any smudging or lines appearing across the text, apart from when the cartridge is about to run out. It is clear to read, and gives a professional finish for sending out letters and so on. We use various types of paper in this printer, from letterheads to coloured paper, and sheets of varying quality depending on how flush we're feeling.
According to the technical specification, it has a resolution of 1,200 dpi. This means nothing to me, but I prefer to go by what I see, and the quality of this printer is perfectly adequate for most household and professional needs.
If you are looking for a basic printer which gets the job done quickly and efficiently, this is the printer for you. It's not going to cope with very heavy useage, but for households and small offices I would recommend this printer.
(This review is also posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)