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When my old Lexmark decided to kick the bucket, I felt it was time for a change and went scooting down to my local Comet (when it was still around!)
I wanted a good printer, not too expensive because I'm not printing anything so impressive that it needs to be unbelievable quality. I also wanted something a little more compact as my last printers were all big and bulky.
The HP Deskject 1000 is a good size, simple design printer. Nice little rectangle thing, with a flip up support for paper going in and a flip down support for paper coming out. I liked that, being able to closes these both up tight against the printer keeping it neat and less intrusive on my desk.
It uses a power cable and a USB cable and comes with a driver disc and manuals.
[Quality / Printing]
Despite it being cheaper than my Lexmark I actually found the quality to be much better. The black has a nice sharpness and while the colour is not exactly wowing it's very good for a deskjet printer.
It also seems to dry quickly. Other printers I have had, when printing more than one page I would find the page coming out would scrape across the one just printed and something the ink would smear. This does not happen on this printer and the ink is instantly dry!
If you are printing several sheets, it prints the last page first and so on so when it's finished the document is ready for you without having to rearrange the pages. Since I often print large qualities, this really helps to speed things up!
Easy enough, plug it all in, put in the driver disc and follow the online instructions. Takes only a few minutes and I've installed it on PCs and laptop and there's never been a need for trouble shooting.
It has the usual options, print colour in black and white, print in draft. However the one thing I noticed was if I wanted to print in draft, when I selected it, the option reverted back to Normal Printing. I then have to select it again before it "sticks" not sure why it's doing that and when I'm doing a lot of draft work it becomes very frustrating. It does not print double sided but many of the small basic printers don't and I reuse all "old"paper anyway so do my own double printing.
Colour is clean and bright for such a simple printer, does a good job
For such a small printer it is very quick at getting the pages printed. I've had lots of printers and usually I could wander off and make a brew and it would still be printing. It takes just a few seconds to print a full sheet of text.
Amazon - £42.10 (via Personal Computers) - seems a little steep to me
Misco - £29.99
Argos - £34.99
Ink seems to range around £13 - £15 for black and £19 - £23 for a dual black and colour pack
Unlike some brands of cartridge like the Epson, HP cartridges can be recycled and accepted by many of the charity schemes if you like to pass your empties onto them. I believe they can also be refilled.
A smashing little printer, quick, clean and well priced.
The HP Deskjet 1000 is a no frills attached inkjet printer that knows what you want it to do and does it well. This is a printer designed for printing! Not for scanning; not for photocopying, and not for faxing. It prints and it prints well.
I purchased this particular model because I was sick and tired of the cost of ink for my old Epson printer/scanner combo. The HP dekjet 1000; by comparison, uses just 2 ink cartridges; a black and a colour that splits itself between all of the colours evenly, to get the job done. Therefore getting a change of cartridge should; in theory, be half of the price. I wouldn't know for sure as I've had the printer for over a year and I haven't needed to change the cartridge once. Now clearly I am not the heaviest printer in the business, but I have been known to print the occasional 30 page magazine; with full colour pictures, so that's pretty impressive to me.The cartridges seem to be selling online for around £16 which is pretty good value if they continue to last this long!
As a basic printer this unit does an admirable job. Paper streams through the printer at a blistering speed, and yet the print quality never seems to suffer. I have been particularly impressed by the picture quality of the magazines I've printed, with the bold colours coming through nicely. It is also noticeable that this printer rarely jams on me, despite the fact that I have needed it to print on some decidedly dog eared pieces of paper before.
It's also a very user friendly piece of equipment. Setting it up was incredibly easy. Power cable went in the back and plugged in. Ink cartridges clicked into place, and then a USB cable connected it to my PC. Once all of that was out of the way I just had to slide a little paper in the top, open the bottom, and let it do its thing.
There's not much else that I can think to say really. Aesthetically it's not all that. It is made of a cheap dull grey plastic that's sure to clash with the rest of your set up, but then it's also a fairly small printer that hides well beneath the coffee table. It doesn't weigh much at all, so will sit safely wherever you want to place it.
The environmentalist within me was pleased that this had a power button, but that's the only button you'll find on this simple printing device. It really is a no frills attached printer that does its job well. At less than £30 this is worth the money if that is all you want the printer to do. Obviously if you're going to be doing a lot of faxing, scanning, or copying, then you'll want to buy a more expensive combo printer. Just be prepared for the fact that they wont be as user friendly as this charming little fellow that does his job very well.
One drawback that I almost forgot to mention is the lack of a USB cable in the box. Fortunately I was able to track down an old USB cable, but before that I was screaming at every inanimate object in the house. It seems like a silly thing to miss out of the package, and it was. So please ensure you grab a spare one should you buy this printer!
I used to have a printer that was meant to do everything for me but when it really wasn't living up to its claims, I bought this. I've not looked back since.
I paid £15 for this wellknown hp branded printed when i saw it on special offer once. I quick search now reveals it isn't that much more at just £34.99 from Argos for example. Usually, this would mean that the inks are expensive to make up for the cheap printer but this isn't the case. I can usually replace both colour and black for around the £20 mark.
Setting up the printer was a doddle. It really is just a plug into the laptop and off it goes. An easy USB connection attaches it to the computer and a standard plug to power it.
This printer isn't at all fancy. It will print on an A4 sheet in black and it will print in colour. If your printing needs are anymore than that, then you really need to pass this one by. The printing quality though is exceptional. I have never have a problem with the ink drying up when I leave it lurking in the bottom of my wardrobe awaiting its next use.
I use my printer for printing coupons, Paypal invoice labels and normal writing and have found that it does all of these tasks exceptionally well. I am very impressed with my printer and will not be changing it. It is compact, quiet and fast. There is a flap at the front that you pull down and then tease out another piece of plastic. This creates a type of tray so that your printed work has somewhere to rest.
After spending three years with a fancy printer/scanner/Wi-Fi/transformer/alien gadget I thought I would only need a standard, run of the mill printer. Was I right? Well in a few ways, yes.
The Hewlett Packard 1000 series printer is a perfectly good and easy piece of technology that even my mom with a techno-fear can use, with some help sometimes. The printer itself is rather compact and can sit nicely under my desk not taking much room. For students everywhere and those that rarely need a printer, this piece is certainly one for those who don't want too much room taken up. The printer itself has a subtle two tone grey colour which is pleasant enough without having all the bells and flashing lights that many fancy printers have these days. The paper tray folds down onto the printer which minimises space when not used. In fact all the parts can fold down which means when it isn't in use, the space used is quite low, at 40cm in length there's not much to complain about.
As for the installation process, I must say it was one of the most painless processes I've come across. Whack in two leads to pc base and power supply. Throw in a cd, follow the simple instructions and hey presto, a printer ready to use. Now for the printing, it's fairly fast, a page can print out at roughly five to eight seconds depending on the amount of ink needed. I haven't had any chance really to complain about the quality of the pages being printed.
Now for the negatives of the 1000 series. If you're in a jam to print something fast or a lot of pages, be prepared to be in a jam. One of the most infuriating parts about this printer is the constant warning of 'There is no paper in the printer, please reload and press the power button'. There is paper in there, just print! This does happen pretty much every time I need to print out a few pages of something, you need to make sure the paper is fully inserted and in the correct position. Again, this can get fairly irritating for someone who needs to print out more than two pages.
Overall the HP 1000 series is a good printer and has many advantages. For one, the price, at £29.99 (found at a few places) you can get a printer which does the job. For students who need for the space issues and for people like me who don't print that much, it's a perfectly good piece of equipment. However if you do need to print quite a lot or you don't have the patience to cope with the error every time you print, go for something a little more reliable.
I bought my printer off Amazon for £19.95 whilst it was on sale. I think it was around £30 at the time. I have now had this printer for about 5 months now and I do like it. The quality is really good, especially for the price you pay for it. I haven't had any problems with it yet.
The printer cartridges get used up so quickly though. I don't use my printer all the time but I have had to change my cartridges twice already. I used to have an Epson and the ink lasted much longer than this printer. The only plus side is that HP cartridges are cheaper than Epson.
Usually the printer will come with a colour and and black cartridge when first purchased which is good. Otherwise I think the prices range from £16 - £20. DO NOT BUY it from a retailer, it is just a rip off. I bought my cartridges from Ebay and Amazon for just £6 (black) and £8 (colour). Always find the deals ;)
The printer is extremely easy to use and very light in weight. I just keep my printer on my desk and move it around whenver I need to plug it into my laptop.
The printer did not come with the USB to USB cable that connects laptop to printer so I would suggest that you buy it on ebay. I got mine for £1.50 i think.
Overall the printer is not too bad, with good quality printing, easy to use, easy to move around. Cartridges will always be pricey no matter what printer you choose to buy. Just remember Ebay and Amazon are where the deals are :)
Why and where:
In university I frequently find myself needing to print off bits and bobs for my course and for reference, so I set out to find a cheap printer as I didnt want to pay per page to print in the library. I found this deskjet 1000 on Amazon for £19.99 which I thought was a bargain so I snapped it up. I have used HP printers before and found them reliable and so that was partially the basis for my choice. It arrived within two days of purchase.
It took minutes to set up, all you have to do is load a disk onto your laptop and then plug it in, and I was ready to go. It is very simple, you just click the ink cartridges into the front and close the front panel and it is ready to print. There is just an on button and the paper sticks out of the top, which is adjustable in order to fit different size paper. It came with both colour and black and white inks, a charger, software and a little fabric carry bag which I thought was handy. The only thing it didnt come with was the cable to connect it to the computer which I thought was silly! Luckily we had a spare one in the house (and you can buy them on Amazon for around £1.50) and so I was printing near enough as soon as it arrived. It prints fast and is clear, so far I have only printed basic things like word documents and web pages so I dont know how it would be for things like photos- you would probably need something a bit higher in the market to get good quality photos. But I was very impressed, especially for the price, and looking on Amazon, cheap recycled ink cartridges are available for a fraction of the new price. It is very compact which is useful because I dont have much space in my room, so when its not in use I can just fold it up and put it on a shelf.
I was very impressed with this handy little printer. It is no frills and easy to use. It doesn't have other features apart from black and white and colour printing, but I dont need anything else, and for the price this is expected. I would recommend this to any student as it can be put away neatly in a corner and doesn't take up too much space, and also prints neatly and quickly. Only downside is that it is not a wireless printer, so it has to be connected to the computer at all times during printing.