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HP LaserJet 1000 Review
Touting sweeping curves in its case design to soften its looks, the HP LaserJet 1000 is one of Hewlett-Packard’s first USB printers. This 2001 model delivers monochrome 600 x 600 dpi resolutions at speeds up to 10 pages per minute for the home or cubicle. The 1000’s higher capacity toner cartridges mean less downtime between toner changes.
Anyone familiar with Hewlett-Packard’s LaserJet models may do a double-take with the LaserJet 1000. In 2001 HP opted for a softer look to make this model of LaserJet more palatable for the home or reception area. Using simple curves gave the 1000 a more elegant and less institutionalized look, than other HP laser printers.
At only 10 inches high, the LaserJet 1000’s maximum footprint is 19” long (using legal-sized paper and having the rear paper exit door open) by 16.3 inches wide.
While other manufacturers have warm-up times that can take as long as 30 seconds, HP resolves this by essentially keeping the fuser on standby. This results in the LaserJet 1000 to begin printing in less than 15 seconds, with a print speed of 10 pages per minute. The 250-sheet paper tray will support paper weights from 16# copier to 43# cardstock and sizes ranging from 3” x 5” postcard up to 8.5" x 14” legal size. The 1000 uses the same tray for printing labels, envelopes, and transparencies.
The maximum 600 x 600 dpi resolution produces sharp text and decent line art. Photographs and higher resolution graphics will appear grainy but are suitable for publishing a community newsletter. Like all LaserJets, the 1000 comes with a Toner Save feature to conserve on toner. While practically silent in Standby, the LaserJet 1000 produces 52dB during power, wakeup, and printing.
To keep costs down, the LaserJet 1000 has a USB 1.1 for connecting to your computer (Windows Me and 98 users will need to install a USB driver for Windows to recognize the printer). The LaserJet 1000 comes with just 1MB of non-expandable memory. 1MB is fine for text printing, but larger files, PDFs, and graphics will quickly fill up the memory and slow down printing
The LaserJet 1000 has no upgradability or options. Nada. Zilch. This is good news if you only keep a printer for a couple of years or if you only print on occasion. But most users will eventually want to upgrade to a printer that has at least 8MB of memory, which means having to buy another printer.
The LaserJet 1000 does not have a separate multi-purpose media tray, requiring you to use the regular paper tray. You would think that means you can just load up the tray with 200 transparencies or label sheets, instead of being limited to just ten sheets or a single-sheet slot feeder. Unfortunately, because the rear paper output door must be open to print transparencies or labels, you have to remove the finished sheet before another is started, so you’re still in single-sheet mode.
While impressive in 2001, today the LaserJet 1000’s print speed and image quality is inferior to most low-end color inkjets currently on the market.
There comes a time when function should take precedence over fashion. While the 1000’s control panel is quite unobtrusive and simple, interpreting the controls is not. The 1000 has no buttons, just two “status” LEDs. These lights are used in Morse code fashion to communicate up to 8 different messages or errors. While it might not have been stylish, I would have opted for an LCD display and a “Job Cancel” button on the printer
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