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HP LaserJet 4000n Review
Introduced in 1997 and discontinued in 1999, the LaserJet 4000n was designed to be a small office workhorse printer at the time of its introduction. While for some applications it may still be adequate, and it is definitely expandable, it's hard to recommend making such dated technology as a new purchase. However, for some home users either running legacy PCs or with the equipment necessary to connect it, the 4000n may not be a bad choice for a personal grayscale printer, as its toner cartridges last a long time and are now, like the printer, quite inexpensive.
The 4000n measures 16.77" by 15.4" with its bins closed and weighs 39.27 lbs without toner added. With bins open, the printer measures 39.67" by 15.4" by 18.5". While in its closed state it could fit comfortably on most desks, it will likely need its own cabinet or standing table, as at over three feet long with all trays open it could quickly prove cumbersome. With an additional feeder assembly installed, the printer becomes 4.7" taller.
The 4000n comes with one 500-sheet tray, the HP Jetdirect print server card (J3111A), and 8 MB of RAM. Given that the 4000n only includes legacy ports, the Jetdirect will be almost essential to connect it to any contemporary computer equipment, making the network-enabled models the only parts of the LaserJet 4000 series that are still viable. Installing an optional Lower Paper Cassette increases the printer's capacity to over two reams, 1100 sheets, and the printer's RAM can be expanded to 100 MB if necessary (4MB is onboard, meaning that 4MB will need to be removed to max out the printer's memory).
The 4000n prints documents at a resolution of 600 dpi or at 1200 dpi when running at half-engine speed.
Because the 4000n was introduced in 1997, it only includes IEEE-1284 Parallel, 9-9 pin, and 9-25 pin serial cables as well as support for Macintosh Serial and Macintosh PhoneNET and LocalTalk connections. Very few modern PCs include legacy ports unless needed for extremely specific applications and none of the connectors mentioned above have been available on Macs since the late 1990s. This means that for many users, there will be no way to connect this printer other than the Jetdirect print server card, which, fortunately, is included. Newer models unavoidably include faster and often much more reliable USB ports as used by all contemporary systems.
The 4000N prints at a speed of 17 pages per minute, noticeably slower than the now industry-standard 20 pages per minute. Printing pages larger than letter-sized slows things further down, as HP lists A4-sized paper as moving at 16 pages per minute.
While the 4000N supports accessory flash storage or a hard drive to store forms, fonts and signatures, these accessories will likely be difficult to find over a decade after their manufacture. Furthermore, adding a hard disk to the printer adds another moving part and another potential failure point to the device.
Included drivers support DOS, Windows 3.1x, Windows 9X, Windows NT 3.51 and 4, Mac OS 7 and 8, and OS/2. Most contemporary operating systems should support the printer, but drivers and a means of connection for contemporary systems may be difficult to find, especially in work environments in which systems are, for various reasons, left deliberately disconnected from the internet. The software included with this printer likely will not run on any current Windows or Mac OS-based system and current HP software likely is not written to support this model.
Official toner cartridges from HP have been discontinued for this model as of November 1, 2009. Though there are cartridges available for this model, receiving official support for this device over a decade after its manufacture may prove more difficult than for newer models, with HP's own website recommending that users upgrade to newer Color LaserJet models instead of continuing to use grayscale LaserJets from this series.
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