HP LaserJet 1020

The HP LaserJet 1020 is a good deal for home users who have light print needs, but just a little bit more money can get you more features and better print quality.


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The HP LaserJet 1020 is an inexpensive monochrome laser printer for home users with light printing needs. Its print speeds and quality aren't stellar, but at AU$209, it's hard to fault it too much. For that price, you get a very basic and compact printer that does a serviceable job. If you have a bit more cash to spare, however, the Lexmark E250d comes with a duplexer, while the Samsung ML-2571N is network ready. Both also offer better print quality.

Design and Features
The compact LaserJet 1020 measures just 370cm wide, 242cm deep, and 209cm tall, and weighs a 5 kilograms. The front panel folds open to reveal a 150-sheet input tray and a single-sheet manual input tray, both of which have adjustable paper guides. The output tray resides on the top of the printer and includes a fold-out paper support.

It comes with a 234MHz processor and just 2MB of onboard memory, far short of the 32MB offered by the Samsung ML-2571N. It has just a USB connection, so it's better for single users than a multiuser environment. The Samsung comes network-ready.

The LaserJet 1020's diminutive size is due to the fact that it's a mono printer, and therefore contains only one toner cartridge. You can access the cartridge by popping open the printer's top panel. Replacement cartridges are good for up to about 2,000 prints. The recommended monthly duty cycle is 5,000 prints, so the LaserJet 1020 is best suited for home users with low to moderate print needs.

Performance
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

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

HP backs the LaserJet 1020 with a standard one-year warranty, which is on par with the competition. HP's Web site has downloadable drivers, software, and manuals; e-mail and online chat tech support; FAQs; and a troubleshooting guide.

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Toshi posted a comment   

The Good:Cheap and small

The Bad:Smokes like its on fire. Does not plug & play. Lots of problems causing major print issues on my 3 computers.

Steer well clear of this thig. Itll cause major problems on ur PC and you will wish u paid an extra couple of bucks and saved ur computer and time.

 

Dave posted a comment   

The Good:Works Well ....

The Bad:Works on my Windows machine and my Mac

Hope your listening hpsux !

You just have to download the drivers mate !

Chris
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Chris posted a review   

The Good:Reliable
Easy to setup
No hassle printing
I haven't had one paper jam yet

The Bad:No LCD display
No networking
Not necessary.

This printer has worked very reliably for me over the last 2 years. For a cheap laser printer, it has been exceptional. It works in great combination with a colour bubblejet.

ABCDiamond
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ABCDiamond posted a review   

The Good:It prints well, and quick enough for normal home use.

The Bad:None that I have found in 24 months of using it.

An excellent little laser printer that cost me A$129 in 2006.

z17813
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z17813 posted a review   

I'm printing from my hp1020 and my mac right now, easy to use, small, fast, cheap printer, took two minutes to set up cost less than $100.

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hpsux posted a review   

The Good:none

The Bad:everything

no mac support




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User Reviews / Comments  HP LaserJet 1020

  • Toshi

    Toshi

    "Steer well clear of this thig. Itll cause major problems on ur PC and you will wish u paid an extra couple of bucks and saved ur computer and time."

  • Dave

    Dave

    "Hope your listening hpsux !

    You just have to download the drivers mate !"

  • Chris

    Chris

    Rating9

    "This printer has worked very reliably for me over the last 2 years. For a cheap laser printer, it has been exceptional. It works in great combination with a colour bubblejet."

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