The Low-Priced HP LaserJet 1020 Printer

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The low-priced HP LaserJet 1020 printer seems to have been designed by Hewlett-Packard to meet the specific needs of most home office users who only need good quality print jobs performed every once in a while. In this role, the 1020 performs well enough, especially given that it's low retail price is sure to please. Also, this is one of several different 1000-series printers made by the company.

Specifically, the 1020 is a black-and-white laser jet printer capable of putting out product at around 14 pages per minute of good quality product. This is average for a printer of this capability and in this market segment. Remember that the 1020 is primarily designed to be a personal printer, and everything should be more than acceptable in terms of what it does.

It's easy to hook the 1020 up to a PC through its USB connection port. There's no cable included, though, so remember to pick one up. Also, it's not compatible with Mac computers, so if the idea is to find a good personal laser printer for one any number of Apple computers, it's best to look at other printers in the HP lineup.

As far as the quality of the print job produced by the 1020, most observers and experts relate that it is fine. At 600 dots per inch print resolution, anything that emerges from the 1020 will look crisp and clean and will also come out after only about 10 seconds. That's the time from when the print job is sent to the printer by the computer. HP also ensures quality printing by including one of its image enhancement tools in the printer.

Onboard memory included with the HP 1020 is only 2 MB of RAM but that's all that's needed because the computer is meant to handle most of the processing duties it sends to the printer. Additionally, a 234 MHz microprocessor has been fitted to the printer to keep the flow of jobs from the computer to the printer to output well regulated and smoothly flowing. That 10 second order-to-print capability is evidence of that.

The 1020 prints out all kinds of different paper media stock, including plain paper, transparencies, envelopes and labels. It can keep about 150 sheets of paper within its auto load input tray and it is fairly durable, as well. Maximum monthly duty cycle comes in at a robust 5000 pages, which is actually a fairly impressive number for such a small printer meant for personal use.

HP includes a single black toner cartridge and the 1020 has been made to run off of several different Windows operating systems, including ME and XP. There is a fine one-year warranty that's extendable for a price. In all, it looks like Hewlett-Packard has designed a fairly durable personal printer meant to fit nicely in the 1000-series of printers it has made available over the years.

When it comes to price, the HP LaserJet 1020 printer can normally be had for about $150, retail and new in the box. The 1020 also can be relied upon to deliver durable and capable functionality across most tasks and it will do so with a fair amount of these. Check the Internet before buying, because some stores have been selling this model as much as $400. However, for the $150 price tag, getting a 1020 would seem to be a smart decision to make. Replacement HP LaserJet 1020 toner can be found online at any website that sells HP toner. Toner is the ink that the printer uses.

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