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HP LaserJet 2100 Review
The HP LaserJet 2100 is a black and white business printer that comes in 5 different configurations. There are plenty of options available to offices and businesses of different sizes and requirements. Plenty of connectivity options somewhat compensate for the lack of a USB interface. A sturdy, robust design permits thousands of hours of consistent operation for completing small and medium document printing jobs on a weekly basis. An optional toner cartridge for payroll and business check printing can also be purchased, which fits the Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) standard, enabling checks printed from this unit to be recognized by check scanning devices.
A 10 page per minute printing speed at best quality rivals text document processing speed capabilities of most ink jet printers designed for small business and home office use.
Memory can be doubled to 8 MB for fast printing of more complex pages, providing plenty of buffer space to maintain processing speed while reducing periodic printer "thinking" delays.
A resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dots per inch can achieve professional quality when printing documents that contain only text.
One of the upgrade features of the model variations includes an optional third tray, to accompany the other two that come standard, increasing the amount of time that a job can print before having to add paper.
Optional postscript emulation provides language switching features that, when necessary, automatically switch to a language that is appropriate for a job.
Wireless infrared connectivity provides fast printing when sending documents via IrDA-compliant devices such as older laptops and PDA's. An enhanced input-output slot makes connection to older HP print servers possible.
EconoMode printing, when setting the print resolution to 600 dots per inch, helps conserve toner in a manner that is hardly noticeable to the human eye.
Manual duplexing allows the user, through software driver assistance, to manually print on both sides of a page to save paper. N-up printing enables condensing multiple documents onto one printed page, further conserving toner, paper and time, reducing a small business's bottom line and increasing profitability.
A wide range of media sizes are accommodated, from a minimum of 3" to 5" to a maximum of 8" to 14" legal size, in standard and custom increments. Supported media types include plain and recycled paper, card stock, envelopes and transparencies. One of the trays has a straight through paper path for printing on extra heavy stock and other special media.
A duty cycle of 15,000 pages per month allows for increased output volume that maintains reliability and quality under the strain of daily and weekly demands.
A compact, cube design with no protruding trays provides extra work space availability in cramped small business or home office environments.
For home and business laser printers, the 10 page per minute top speed is slow, nearly half the speed of other laser printers in its class.
Even with the maximum total of printer memory being expandable to 8 MB, handling print jobs that contain densely populated page content such as graphics and images can be extremely taxing on the unit's RAM, requiring frequent pauses for the available memory to empty and rewrite over itself when printing multiple pages.
There are only 163 levels of grayscale available, making printed graphics extremely grainy and pixelated. This printer is definitely not suitable for graphic reproduction.
All interface connection options are older and have not been common for some time. The bi-directional parallel port, LocalTalk port, EIO slot and wireless infrared port have all been replaced in newer, comparable models with wired and wireless Ethernet and high speed USB.
Being an older printer, driver support is limited to Windows 98 and NT and Mac OS/2, and may not be fully functional with Windows 2000 and newer operating systems.
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