The HP LaserJet 4050 Printer Works Well

by erin on February 10, 2010

The HP LaserJet 4050 printer works well across almost every assessment criteria. It seems to be a printer designed to get a purchaser into a networkable workgroup monochrome laser printer for a decent price. For that price, one will be getting good print speed plus Hewlett-Packard’s notable reliability and functionality, even in its lower-priced laser printers.

This particular printer is part of the 4000 series within Hewlett-Packard’s lineup and it’s been designed to be upgradable, with memory and other capabilities able to be improved upon with the addition of certain optional equipment. It also comes to its user with decent print speeds at over 17 pages per minute, which should be more than enough speed for typical usage.

The 4050 can be hooked up to a computer or a workgroup via wired means — though wireless options are available at an additional charge. It hooks up to its network or workgroup via means of traditional parallel port or a serial interface port. There are optional open slots that can upgrade the printer so that it can connect to a computer or network via wireless Ethernet means, as well.

The quality of the print job that emerges from the 4050 printer will be excellent, because this particular unit is equipped with 1200 dots per inch print resolution capability. This means that the print job that emerges will be detailed, rich, and will stand out from the page nicely. This gives the 4050 a step up over some of its similarly priced competition.

Standard onboard RAM comes in at 8 MB, though it can be increased all the way up to 200 MB with little trouble. For the usage that Hewlett-Packard has intended this printer to be able to handle, it’s a fair bet that standard memory should be more than enough to handle the kinds of print jobs being sent to the computer. Upgrade, though, if it’s going to be joined to an active network workgroup.

The 4015 can also hold a relatively large amount of paper within all of its input trays. Up to 600 sheets can be stored and then accessed by the machine, including 500 sheets from its single auto-load input tray. The 4050 also can print out on a wide variety of media stock, which includes standard plain paper and a variety of transparencies, envelopes and custom sizes.

The maximum monthly duty cycle for the 4050 comes in at a sterling 65,000 pages, which makes the printer able to keep up with many other network printers of far more cost but about the same level of capability and function. It can run on Windows NT 4.0 and most Windows operating systems starting from Windows 2000 on up.

At present, a wide variety of online stores have been offering the HP LaserJet 4050 printer for between $90 and $180, depending on whether one is looking at a refurbished or even a new printer. Given that the printer has good output speed, nice reliability, and can be hooked up quite easily, there seems to be a great many features recommending it to even a single user. You will, of course, need to change the toner occasionally.  Hp toner is cheapest online.  Just do a search for HP LaserJet 4050 toner and you should be able to find some good deals.

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