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HP Color LaserJet 1600

The HP Color LaserJet 1600 printer is the same printer as the <cnet:link int="/HP_Color_LaserJet_2600n/4505-3159_7-31351957.html">HP CLJ 2600n</cnet:link> with fewer features. Unlike the 2600n, the 1600 is not network ready and can be connected only via USB. Finally, the CLJ 1600 printer is compatible only with Windows-based PCs; the 2600n works with both PCs and Macs. Because both models use the same processor and memory, performance and print quality should be the same, so <cnet:link int="/HP_Color_LaserJet_2600n/4505-3159_7-31351957-2.html?tag=nav">our assessment of those aspects of the 2600n</cnet:link> stand for the 1600 as well. With its basic features and smaller price tag (about $299), the HP CLJ 1600 is better suited for home office environments.

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The HP Color LaserJet 1600 family is a basic color laser printer designed for home users or very small workgroups with light printing needs. The 2600n and the 1600 both feature 264MHz processors and 16MB of memory (the memory cannot be expanded). Both ship with a single 250-sheet input tray and a 125-sheet output tray; a second 250-sheet input tray is optional. Both printers have a rated output of 8ppm for black or color.