HP LaserJet 1012 Printer – Take A Look At One

by garrett on February 11, 2010

Taking a look at the HP LaserJet 1012 printer using HP Color LaserJet 8550n laser toner reveals a unit from Hewlett-Packard designed to deliver generally good speed when it comes to print output, as well as quality of the print job itself. It is retailing for a surprisingly low price, as well, making this Windows and Mac-compatible printer a possible good choice for single or even networked workgroup use.

At one point, this particular printer was Hewlett-Packard’s most inexpensive laser unit. It is still quite inexpensive and can be found at a number of retail outlets selling for about $195 new. Refurbished units are all over the Internet and selling for quite a bit less than that. Hewlett-Packard continues to support the printer through its website, where drivers and other aids can be found.

Print speed for the 1012 is rated by HP at a nice 15 pages per minute clip. Open-desk testing reveals that the print speed comes in almost exactly on that mark, though some users have reported about 13 pages per minute, depending on the richness or complexity of the print task being sent to the machine. At any rate, there will be little for any user to complain about when it comes to speed.

In reality, HP probably intended this printer to be more for the small office/home office (SOHO) market rather than for it to act as a stand-alone networked workgroup printer. It certainly seems to feature enough functionality to attract most any small office or home office entrepreneur, including a more than adequate 600 dots per inch print quality. This is a feature hard to dislike.

At that level, most print jobs that might be sent to this HP printer will emerge looking nice and clean and presentable for most situations. As was said, this is probably a printer more suited to the small office or home office environment, so don’t expect presentation-quality documents to be produced by this particular Hewlett-Packard printer.

It’s very easy to connect this printer to a computer or even to a network. It makes use of standard high-speed USB ports to hook up to a computer, so keep in mind that there’s no parallel port capability. This is what some networks out there still feature as their primary means of joining a printer and other peripherals to the network or the networked workgroup.

The LaserJet 1012 comes with 8 MB of RAM and it makes use of the computer’s own processing power to handle its own print taskings, so there’s little worry that the supplied memory will be inadequate. A standard 133 MHz microprocessor helps the printer handle its 150-sheet auto load input tray and the 10-sheet custom input slot with relative ease. It’s not the speediest processor, but it’s generally reliable.

In total, the HP LaserJet 1012 printer delivers a wide range of functionality and capability at a price that won’t put a dent in a small office/home office entrepreneur’s pocketbook. It features decent print speeds and is durable enough for this sort of printer, having a 5,000 page per month maximum duty cycle. In short, it will deliver the goods at a price that’s hard to beat.

Online retailers will deliver HP LaserJet 1012 toner at a price that is hard to find with local merchants. Quality HP toner is stocked for nearly every model and toner cartridge shipping is quick and directly to your office or home.

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