What To Think About When Considering The HP LaserJet 3020 Printer

by garrett on April 26, 2010

Print resolution, optical resolution, connectivity, pages per minute, internal memory, and cost are just a few of the things to think about when purchasing an all-in-one printer. Even more important may be the jobs or tasks the printer will be expected to perform. All one needs to know about the HP LaserJet 3020 printer, copier, and scanner, using HP LaserJet Q2612A toner, can be obtained by reviewing these specifications.

The copying speed of the HP 3020 all-in-one printer is listed as 14 pages per minute. More advanced printers can copy at a rate of 17 pages per minute for color copies and 22 pages per minute for monochrome (black and white) copies. A top speed of 14 pages per minute for monochrome printing is about average for a printer in this price range.

Most home based or small business printers connect to your computer via hi-speed USB ports. The HP 3020 is equipped to connect via high speed USB, as well as through a parallel port connection. Almost any computer you find on the market today is ready to connect through either USB 2.0 or parallel wires, and it can be noted here that the speed of any USB 2.0 connection is sufficient for most tasks. Very high end printers may need a faster data rate such as those offered by Ethernet or Base-T connections, but these are for larger networks with heavy work flows.

How many sheets the printer can hold is another thing to think about when reviewing a printer. This is also called document feeder capacity or storage capacity. The feeder capacity of the HP 3020 is 50 sheets, which is another fairly standard feature on machines of this type.

The HP 3020 has an optical resolution (scanning resolution) of 600 x 600 dpi (dots per inch), and the printing resolution is listed at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi. Higher resolution scanners can scan at resolutions of up to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi, but these are meant for business or individuals requiring the best possible quality in their scanned documents. A print resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi is fairly standard for printers in this category and adequate for normal black and white printing.

As can be expected, consumers looking for printers with lots of memory capacity (RAM) will have to pay more for it. The memory capacity for the HP 3020 is 32 MB which is most likely adequate for most home printers. A small enterprise printer with a heavier work load may need 64 MB or more. The HP 3020 does not support removable or Flash memory cards. Inadequate memory can affect performance, but is probably not a problem for normal at home or for a small home-based business.

When shopping for a printer, find out what types of media the printer can print on. Many business need to print envelopes and mailing labels and will need a printer designed for such use. The HP 3020 supports printing on plain paper, transparencies, cards, labels, and envelopes which makes it suitable for most small business needs.

Since the HP LaserJet 3020 printer is a black and white printer, it is not suitable for any environment requiring color printing, but at a cost of about $230 makes it worth considering otherwise. It is versatile as a printer, scanner, and copier and priced about right for the average home or small, home-based business user.

Those who require mainly black and white printing will love the clear and crisp nature of the prints produced by the HP LaserJet Q2612A black print cartridge. Replacement HP 3020 printer toner can be purchased at many local stores; however, shopping online for printer toner cartridges may produce more cost-effective prices.

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