Pros quality of printed pages is very good. speed of output is impressive.
Cons This machine too often jams or just decides to stop working. One has to unplug, reboot, utter an hour's worth of incantations, etc. to get it to function. This happens weekly or more frequently and is extremely frustrating.
Summary HP used to make solid, rugged, inexhaustible printers. Perhaps one day the quality and reliability will return.
Pros Fast print, prints duplex without any hassles, text looks sharp, graphics aren't so bad either with enough RAM (have printed many gray-scale pictures), reliable, networking easy to configure with web utility, web utility can be password protected
Cons Not the best value, needs more than 32MB of RAM to really do well, HP software package is abysmal, firmware can only be updated on Windows, paper tray at 250 sheets isn't that big, users can print font lists and test pages via web utility
Summary I looked at some of these reviews and I don't think those bad ones do this printer any justice?
I've owned this printer for over 2 years. What do I have to say about it is it has been my only printer and it has printed tens of thousand of pages. The first task I did was purchase more RAM. Please don't buy the HP RAM, it's just over priced, go to those memory resellers online that have the form that helps you choose the right RAM. With 32MB, you practically can only print just text, and if you want graphics good luck because there will be a lot of compression to do (don't forget, laser printers need to load the entire page?or 2 for duplex?before it can be printed). Armed with a 256MB upgrade to 288MB (max) for around $50, this printer is very fast. Graphics don't really need compression and text certain has no issues. Great if you have many jobs queued up or you plan to print a full page picture or two. I'm not particularly happy about the small tray size, but I'm used to it. I print a lot, so 250 sheets gets burned through quickly. If you print a lot you don't have to buy the HP branded toner. Just be sure to get ones from reputable brands.
The network installation process is easy on a Mac if you have Bonjour enabled; if you have a Windows installation, just download the latest drives from the website, find the printer and install. They have Bonjour for Windows as well. No idea about Linux sorry.
Printer is quite durable; it get moved a lot, often sits on empty boxes and have fallen a few times while running and it still works like new.
I've used all types of paper and I have had may only a couple mispicks; a quick cleaning with some rubbing alcohol solved that issue.
I do occasionally miss color as you can get a number of decent color laser printers at this price range. The only issue those are not single pass for color (meaning it's doesn't pass all the colors at once, but passes each color one at a time (which is why color takes 4x as long as B/W). If you want single pass, you're looking at paying a bit more. This printer is strictly B/W, so that's not something you need to worry about here.
Overall, I'd say whatever I spent on this thing when it came out was worth it (I don't recall anymore). I do think it may be a bit old now, but if you're looking for a quality printer this is a good choice.
/tl;dr/ Upgrade RAM with 256MB stick to 288MB (Buy RAM from third-party), just buy non-HP toner if you print a lot, printer is durable and hard working, I'm satisfied with it.
Pros Good & uniform print quality, when it works.
Cons This is a shoddy product. It never worked totally reliably. It stopped working altogether after 18 months. The problem is well documented on HP's own web site threads, but the company does not stand behind it.
Summary Poorly engineered. The front door was never snug, and when the door would vibrate the printer would show a paper jam. Fixed by taping the door tightly shut.
The unit took about 50% more toner than advertised, which is mainly an annoyance.
After about 18 months and 25,000 copies (less than 2000 per month) the unit began to go off line, requiring a power cycle to bring it back. This went on for a month or so, and we found an thread on the HP site that listed this as a common fault, fixed by installing a new ($80) formatter board. HP will not offer assistance if the unit is out of warranty.
Then the unit turned into a brick (will never go online).
I install several printers each year, and it will be a long time before I recommend another HP printer to a client. I am plenty embarassed at this client, a small not-for-profit which can't afford shoddy work tools.
"Recurring Error"on by jvtran222
Pros Great desk printer, fast prints, good size
Cons Major error as soon as the machine fell out of the warranty frame.
Summary I really liked this machine as it sits perfectly atop my desk and prints faster than our bulky corporate sized company machine. It was perfect and convenient for my uses. After a little over a year (HP only warranties for a year), the machine started getting error lights. I thought it was the toner initially so replaced it but the errors didn't stop. It stopped picking up print feeds from my computer altogether. I'd power it off and on, and I'd be able to print a few pages before it gives up again. After much research, it seems that most owners of this machine encountered the same problem - the formatting board would need to be replaced.
HP also discontinued this unit and does not sell this part anymore, so I'd essentially have to buy it from a 3rd party at a marked up price or purchase it refurbished. This unit is not worth all the headaches it's causing. Don't buy, it'll seem like an amazing machine initially but in the end, you'll pay for it.
Pros Easy setup even though Windows XP consistently gives me the message "illegal hardware".
Cons Toner life; pickup rollers: main paper tray doesn't work; manual paper tray no longer accepts envelopes.
Summary After years of using HP printers with great success, the reliability of this model and the one I owned before this have been very disappointing and certainly not up the HP's previous quality. Am currently looking for a high-quality photo printer and will NOT buy an HP. And it looks like I will need a new B&W laser printer for my business before the end of 2008. This printer is less than two years old. The main paper tray printer roller stopped working when the printer was barely one year old. Certainly not worth the price.