The Attractive, Low-Priced HP LaserJet 6L Printer

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The attractive, low-priced HP LaserJet 6L printer looks to have been created by Hewlett-Packard to be a bargain-priced laser printer, yet also still full of the kinds of features appreciated by many fans of these types of printers. It combines decent print speed and durability that complements Hewlett-Packard's reputation for reliability and fairly predictable quality of printing.

It's the case that HP has discontinued most of the 6-series printers of late, which is a shame because Hewlett-Packard worked hard to include a number of capabilities that complemented the personal-printer nature of this line of laser printers. It probably isn't a good candidate as a workgroup printer due to its relatively sedate rate of printing, though.

That rate comes in at a predictable, but generally slow six pages per minute, which is -- for a laser printer -- okay, and certainly more than what a standard inkjet printer is capable of doing. At any rate, with 600 dots per inch resolution on every page that emerges from the printer will look more than acceptable as far as quality of print goes.

As far as how the HP 6L will connect to the computer, its offers a fairly standard Hewlett-Packard parallel port. There's no USB port, but that should hardly be a concern when one considers that one is getting a laser printer for about $70 (when one can find it for sale). Most people really aren't that concerned, either, because the bargain that one is getting for this particular laser printer usually exceeds the concern one might have about the USB port.

The printer only has a single megabyte of RAM available, though it can be upgraded to about 9 MB. Given this, it should be no surprise that the 6L will share processing duties with any computer to which it's attached. With a 24 MHz microprocessor, it's also is easier to understand the sedate nature of the six pages per minute this laser printer is capable of producing when tasked.

Storage capacity is enough, at 100 sheets of paper. All of it fits into one tray, which can accommodate a number of different kinds of media stock, including envelopes, labels, transparencies and plain paper. The range of paper sizes it can print out on is fairly nice, given the low price that the Hewlett-Packard will go for.

This particular Hewlett-Packard is also fairly durable, featuring a monthly duty cycle of about 6,000 pages. When one takes into account that a low price is delivering that high duty cycle, the printer then becomes even more impressive. It also has a print cartridge rated for 2,500 sheets before needing replacement. This personal printer, therefore, will have a very low cost-per-printed-page ratio.

When taken as a whole, it's easy to see that the extremely affordable HP LaserJet 6L printer is likely to remain a sought-after laser monochrome printer for quite some time. It can run off of Windows NT 4.0, as well as IBM OS/2 and even Microsoft DOS operating systems and it also features good durability to go with that robust printer cartridge. In truth, there's actually not much to complain about, especially when it only costs about $70 for a new one, if one such can be found anymore.

When you find one, or if you still own one, replacing the HP LaserJet 6L toner might be a concern. With the standard of quality of Hewlett-Packard, however, many e-retailers stock HP toner along with many other brands of toner, available at a great price at your convenience.

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