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HP LaserJet 1020 Review
There’s an advantage for a home user to have a laser printer instead of an inkjet one. Most people don’t use their home printers on a regular basis. If an inkjet printer has been sitting around for a couple of months, the ink has likely dried and needs to be replaced. Laser printer toner starts out as dry ink, allowing for a longer shelf life and lower overall printing costs. If you don’t need color printing, the HP LaserJet 1020 is the ideal solution for the home or the telecommuter. Able to emulate 1,200 dpi resolutions at 15 pages per minute, this lightweight USB printer won’t take up a lot of space on your desk.
Coming out of the box at only 11 pounds, the rounded LaserJet 1020 has a footprint of only 14” x 9.5” -- with the paper flip-tray closed. When loaded with paper and the dust cover in place, you’ll need to add an additional 4.5 to 7 inches to it’s total depth.
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 1020 to begin printing in less than 10 seconds. The 150-sheet/15-envelope flip-tray will support paperweights from 16# paper to 43# cardstock and sizes ranging from 3” x 5” up to 8.5” x 14” legal size. The 1020’s has a single-sheet multi-purpose slot for labels, single-feed envelopes, and transparencies. If you’re a power user, the smaller tray capacity will require more refilling. But again, the 1020 LaserJet is designed for the casual printer user, not for a classroom or office workload. For typical home printing, the paper capacity is plenty.
With HP’s FastRes 1200, the LaserJet’s native 600 x 600 dpi resolution is enhanced to produce prints of 1,200 dpi quality. This keeps printed text relatively sharp and does a decent job with photographs. Like all LaserJets, the 1020 comes with a Toner Save feature to conserve on toner.
The control panel only consists of two LED indicator lights—there are no buttons. Manual feeds and other input have to be done via the computer printer interface (or by snatching the paper before the printer starts printing). As for the indicator lights: the Ready light is self-explanatory, but the ambiguous Attention light can mean anything from “I’m out of paper” to “Fatal error”, depending on the flash patterns of the LEDs. It might be a good idea to print a copy of the error codes and tape it to the side of the printer.
Unlike similar HP models with a multi-purpose slot capable of holding up to 10-sheets, the 1020 has a single-sheet manual feed slot. So if you want to print 30 invitations from a Word mailing list you will have to stay by the printer feeding the envelopes one at a time. At 15 pages per minute, this laser printer is a little on the slow side of printing speeds. With current inkjets pushing B&W print speeds of 20 ppm, inkjets are now giving lasers a run for their money in performance.
While similar laser printers have at least 8MB, HP equipped the 1020 with only 2MB of memory. This is fine for small text print jobs, but will have to buffer up any PDFs for full-page graphics printing causing longer printing times
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