HP LaserJet 1000 review: HP LaserJet 1000

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Easy setup; simple to use; helpful paper, online, and video documentation; whisper-quiet operation.

The Bad Poky text speeds; paper input tray feels flimsy; supports USB only; not Mac compatible.

The Bottom Line An inexpensive laser printer aimed at home users with little or no computer experience.

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Hewlett-Packard so dominates the printer market that it has long been able to sell its products for a premium (take, for instance, the $400 LaserJet 1200) while its competitors have had to snatch what market share they could by selling their products at lower prices. The introduction of the $250 LaserJet 1000 changes all that, pitting an HP product squarely against other low-cost lasers such as the Samsung ML-1250. Did HP cut any corners to hit this price point? Sure it did, especially in speed and connectivity. But the LaserJet 1000 retains enough good HP breeding--particularly in terms of ease of use--to stand up to similarly priced competition. Hewlett-Packard so dominates the printer market that it has long been able to sell its products for a premium (take, for instance, the $400 LaserJet 1200) while its competitors have had to snatch what market share they could by selling their products at lower prices. The introduction of the $250 LaserJet 1000 changes all that, pitting an HP product squarely against other low-cost lasers such as the Samsung ML-1250. Did HP cut any corners to hit this price point? Sure it did, especially in speed and connectivity. But the LaserJet 1000 retains enough good HP breeding--particularly in terms of ease of use--to stand up to similarly priced competition.

Brainless beginnings
Unpack the LaserJet 1000 and you're nearly good to go; the printer does most of the work for you. Just install the integrated toner and drum cartridge, plug in the cables (HP includes all of them), insert the CD-ROM, and you're all set--that is, if you're a PC user with a USB port. The LaserJet 1000's first limitations lie in its compatibility and connectivity. The printer supports Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP, but not Mac or Linux. Plus, it connects only via USB, not the parallel port. At least the documentation is up to HP's typically high standards; in addition to the illustrated Getting Started guide, the online user guide is complete and detailed and provides step-by-step instructions for handling various tasks. The CD-ROM also contains video help for printer error messages.

Simple yet sophisticated
The design of the LaserJet 1000 is sleek, even though it's actually a little bigger than the Samsung ML-1250. Its design is adequate, but it's indicative of more ways that HP cut costs. For instance, the front paper tray is not removable like the one on the HP LaserJet 1200; instead, a faux-green-glass cover lifts up to insert paper into an integrated tray. Unfortunately, the cover has a tendency to pop off easily. The input tray holds a generous 250 sheets of paper, and the output tray (located on top) holds 125 sheets. The printer supports basic media types, including envelopes, transparencies, labels, A4, legal, and executive. For thicker media, a door folds down in the back to give you a straight paper path. And like most low-cost printers, the LaserJet 1000 is host based--it uses the processing power and memory of your PC to manage print jobs, so the speed of your printer depends in part on the speed of your computer.

The driver software for the LaserJet 1000 looks simple, but it actually offers lots of useful features. The four tabs include Finishing, Effects, Paper, and Basics. Each tab has a Quick Sets drop-down list, which lets you assign a name to any set of configurations you've customized for easy access in the future. You can make the usual adjustments to output quality, setting the resolution to 300dpi (dots per inch), the default 600dpi, or EconoMode, which uses slightly less toner. You can also apply watermarks and print one, two, four, six, or nine reduced-size pages per sheet.

The outcome on output
The LaserJet 1000's text-printing speeds were a little on the slow side compared to those of other printers in this price range. While the 8.2 pages per minute (ppm) it managed in CNET Labs' tests came commendably close to the 10ppm speed HP claimed for the printer, it was still quite a bit slower than the similarly priced Samsung ML-1250, which produced 9.9ppm (its rated speed is 12ppm). The LaserJet 1000's more expensive sibling, the $400 LaserJet 1200, cranked out a whopping 11.4ppm. The LaserJet 1000 fought back in graphics printing, though, turning in a blistering 8ppm speed that left the Samsung ML-1250 lagging behind at 5.8ppm. Throughout these tests, we noticed another plus for the LaserJet 1000: its whisper-quiet operation. You'll find yourself wondering if it's really printing.

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Where to Buy

HP LaserJet 1000

Part Number: Q1342A

MSRP: $242.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Interface USB
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Personal printer - laser - monochrome
  • Max Speed 10 ppm