HP LaserJet 4V Review
If you also need a compact laser printer capable of handling ledger and tabloid-size sheets, look to the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4V. Having a smaller footprint than most ledger or tabloid-size printers, the LaserJet delivers 600 x 600 dpi resolutions at speeds up to 16ppm at a more affordable price.
The low 12.5" height of the LaserJet 4V allows for it to easily sit under any desk overhang or on a shelf. The LaserJet 4V comes with some serious paper capacity for a ledger-size printer. A 250-sheet cassette tray that can support paperweights from 16# to 28#, and sizes ranging from 7-1/3” x 10.5" up to 11” x 17”. The 4V’s multi-purpose flip-tray can support up to 100 sheets of papers, envelopes, and transparencies. An optional 250 or 500-sheet tray can be bought to increase print capacity or offer multiple paper sizes without having to manually change the tray.
Having print speeds up to 16 pages per minute, the LaserJet offers up to 600 x 600 dpi printing resolutions. The 4V keeps text sharp and does a fair job with printing graphics in B&W. Photographs will look somewhat grainy. Like all LaserJets, the 4V comes with a Toner Save mode to conserve on ink.
Running the Canon P380 printer engine under its hood, the HP LaserJet 4V comes with 4MB of SIMM memory and requires direct connection to a computer via its parallel or 25-pin serial ports. Even for a standalone, 4MB won’t cut it, especially for large-format printing. Fortunately, there are 3 DIMM memory slots for adding more RAM to the LaserJet up to 100MB. And if you need a network printer, a JetDirect network card can be added in the empty I/O slot just for that purpose. A good rule of thumb for an office or department network printer is to have at least 64BM of memory.
The alphanumeric 2-line LCD display, LEDs and 6-button controls are relatively intuitive, taking up little space on the printer’s surface. Through the panel, a user can make adjustments from default paper sizes all the way to fuser power adjustments. On 4V’s with the network option, these controls can be monitored through HP’s web-based application. The LaserJet 4V comes with PCL 5, with an option to add PostScript2 emulation.
For some reason HP isn’t very generous when it comes to supplying enough memory for their commercial machines. While most home-use laser printers on the market come standard with at least 8MB, HP equipped the LaserJet 4V with only 4MB of memory.
The 4V has one of your longer warm-up times for a LaserJet, taking up to 2 minutes to warm up, and 14 seconds to print first page of a job.
The printer really dates itself with its printing speed. Maxing at 16 pages per minute, the 2002 LaserJet 4V is overshadowed by faster ledger laser printers on the market. Just remember that all manufacturer listed print speeds are based on letter-size paper—legal and ledger sizes can take up to twice as long to print.
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