HP LaserJet 1020 review: HP LaserJet 1020

The HP LaserJet 1020's speed and quality are not the best among its competition, but not terrible, either. It printed text at a rate of 12.52ppm (pages per minute) and graphics at a rate of 12.61ppm. The Samsung ML-2571N was faster at both tasks, while the Lexmark E250d was much faster with graphics but slower with text.

CNET Labs' mono laser speed tests (pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Black graphics  
Black text  
Samsung ML-2571N
18.19 
16.71 
HP LaserJet 1020
12.61 
12.52 
Lexmark E250dn
20.95 
11.15 

The LaserJet 1020's text quality was excellent, though not perfect: upon very close examination, we noticed that some characters had edges that weren't perfectly sharp and, overall, the text could stand to be a bit darker. Again, we were looking very closely. The graphics print didn't fare as well as the text print, though. Solid blocks of toner showed a blotchy quality that we didn't see with the Lexmark E250d or the Samsung ML-2571N. The photo elements on the page weren't as smoothly rendered as we would've liked. We preferred the quality of both the Lexmark and Samsung printers over that of the HP, but overall, the HP LaserJet 1020 is good enough for casual home users.

CNET Labs' mono laser quality
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Black graphics  
Black text  
Lexmark E250dn
Excellent 
Excellent 
Samsung ML-2571N
Good 
Excellent 
HP LaserJet 1020
Good 
Excellent 

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