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HP LaserJet 1018 Review
With only a 12 page per minute print speed, the black and white HP LaserJet 1018 just doesn’t cut it. This rapidly aging unit is a dinosaur in a world full of super affordable, super fast desktop laser printers, though it could potentially be found at a bargain basement price by those who are concerned only with low cost per page and not overall performance.
The HP LaserJet 1018 is quite small with its foot print of 14.6 x 9.5 inches and height of 8.2 inches. Its weight is also a mere 11 pounds which makes the device not only easy to move around locally but borderline portable. While much smaller devices that are being released today can far outperform this printer, the unit is certainly of desktop size and has a clean look to it that won’t sore the eyes.
While one might expect the HP LaserJet 1018 to perform at the bland document friendly resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch, and he would be right, but this interesting device does have at least one trick up its sleeve. With the help of HP FastRes 1200 technology, this otherwise mediocre printer can produce up to 1200 x 1200 dots per inch (equivalent) resolution, meaning that even imagery will actually look quite good when printed from this device.
The unit relies on a simple USB port for single host connectivity as this stripped down device does not include such luxury hardware as a network card, nor does it have a duplexer, though manual duplexing is an option.
Unfortunately the HP LaserJet 1018 performs at the sluggish print speed of only 12 pages per minute for letter sized paper (legal sized paper will take even longer). Its first page out time of only 10 seconds is a welcome surprise, but when dealing with 12 dpi in a 30 dpi world, users of this printer will not be able to keep up with the current printing standard.
The units installed RAM memory is an incredibly small 2 MBs. Not only that, but it does not allow any expansion of memory whatsoever. What you see is what you get when it comes to the HP LaserJet 1018, as additional paper trays are not an option either. The unit’s built in 234 MHz processor is kind of a mystery actually, as it is strange to see such a powerful processor inside such an underperforming unit, though it might help to explain the device’s relatively fast first page out time.
The maximum monthly duty cycle of the HP LaserJet 1018 is nothing short of ridiculous. In a market where we see absolute bare minimum monthly duties, even on cheap inkjet devices, in the tens of thousands, this printer can handle only 3,000 pages per month. This means that the device is not only slow, but incapable of printing at high volume even at its slow speed. With these restrictions, the printer is suitable only for those who need to print very little, very slowly.