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I bought my HP Laserjet 3120 about 8 years ago when I doing my PhD. Previously I had an inkjet printer but it drink ink at a rather phenomenal rate and became very costly to maintain. Plus, as it was always taking more than one sheet of paper through at a time and forever running out of ink I had to watch it constantly otherwise I would end up having to reprint large junks of paperwork.
I needed a printer that was more reliable and after doing my homework I decided that I needed to buy a more expensive laserjet printer, as in the end they work out much better value, plus the quality of the print is far better.
~My HP Laserjet 1320~
I believe they are now discontinued, although it is possible to buy them refurbished on Amazon. I guess it looks a little outdated now and it is rather large and heavy, around 35x35x25cm in size and 10kg in weight. Having said this it does a really good job of printing, it's reliable, quick and efficient on the cartridge, plus the print is very clean and sharp.
The printer's stats are as follows:
Pages printed per minute - 21
Print quality - 1200 dpi
Starts to print within 9 seconds of sending a document to it
The printer has 2 paper trays, I only ever use white A4 paper so just switch trays if one becomes empty rather than trays for different papers. It is also a duplex printer which is really handy and double page printing can be set up by going to print properties on the computer and choosing the relevant option.
The cartridge lasts for around 10,000 page side prints which was great for me after my inkjet that only did around 500 per cartridge. Since completing my PhD I have used the printer a lot less and a cartridge now lasts me about two years. One cartridge lasted about 6 months when I was completing my PhD, however now I use it a lot less and a cartridge lasts nearer to two years.
The cartridge continues to print perfectly right up until the last few pages, so I don't end up with pages worth or poor quality prints. I have also found that taking the cartridge out and shaking it can bring it back to life again and enables me to get another few hundred perfect prints from it.
~Using the Printer~
It's easy to use. I believe it can be used as a wireless printer, however I keep it on my desk and use the lead to plug it into mine or my husband's laptop. I think it does have a disk to add the software to the computer, however when I last had a new laptop is seemed to pick up the printer without using the software, possibly because I was online and the printer picks up what it needed from there.
There are only three buttons, an on/off and then one green one for go and a red one for stop. I use the green one more as if it has a paper jam for example them I would need to press green to make it go again. The printer also has a red light to show if there is a jam or problem in general a green light which flashes as it goes and another light which is for a low cartridge.
The printer only prints in black and white, which was all I needed at the time of buying it. I wish it could do colour now, but I can live without it. The trays will take different paper sizes, A4 is the largest but it is possible to print envelopes, legal papers and American sized paper if needed.
I have had few problems with this printer bar the odd page jam, which is usually easily rectified by opening the front section of the printer and pulling the paper out. It works now as well now as did when it was new and I hope it will last for at least another eight years.
I think it cost around £200 when i bought it around eight years ago. I just looked on Amazon and it is now possible to pick up refurbished ones for around £80. Cartridges cost less now than when I first bought the printer and I can get them off Amazon for about £15. In the long run this printer certainly saved me money compared with my inkjet printer and it was well worth paying the initial larger upfront cost for a laserjet, I only wish I had bought this in the first place.
It originally came with a one year guarentee which I didn't need to use.
I am extremely glad I found this printer, without it my life would have been a lot more complicated whilst completing my PhD. It has proved itself to be really good value for money and very reliable. It deserves a full five stars.
This laserjet is more suited as an office printer for a small number of people or a home printer for someone who works from home rather than just as a home printer. The main reason behind this is because it is monochrome and is therefore not capable of printing in colour. This will probably turn out to be a setback at some point if you are using this as a home printer (in which case and all in one scanner/printer/copies suits most peoples' needs well). Even in the work place this can be an issue as you have to remember you can't print out coloured graphs and figures in your documents.
However, it is a good printer for printing out plain text documents as the quality is good and it is speedy. It prints double sided by itself so there is no need to manually reinsert your pages to continue half way through printing. This is a really useful feature. The only time I have had issues with the printing speed is when sending large PDF documents to be printed. Sometimes it pauses for a few minutes so you are unsure of whether it will print or not and other times I have had it pause for a minute or so between pages which is not ideal. I think it helps to send a few pages to be printed at a time so its memory does not have to deal with so much at once. This will probably be the same with the majority of printers though.
As with all toners, the ones for this machine are expensive however I have found that they can last quite a long time. The paper capacity is 250 pages and I have never had an issue with paper jams.
There are only 2 buttons on the top of the printer - standby and cancel and there are also lights that indicate things like when it is out of paper so it is very straight forward to understand. Also, it is quite a bulky cube-shaped printer and takes up a reasonable amount of room so this is good to take into consideration before purchasing.
My parents saved me the hassle, time and money of buying my own printer by giving me their old HP Laserjet 1320 (they wanted to buy something more advanced that could do colour and A3 printing). I was rather happy because I generally have a whole heap I have to print out, and also because its hard to get a cheap printer that is well functioning as well nowadays. This printer had been under rather intensive use even years before it came to my hands, and it is still as fully functioning as ever; I guess that is saying something about the reliability and how robust this machine is.
Well, first of all, I should probably point out that this printer only prints out in black and white. No colour available. This can be a little annoying if you want to colour code your work or something like that. However, most of my printing would be on monochrome anyway; so buying a colour printer and colour cartridges would be a huge waste. If you like all your print outs to be multicoloured, then this printer is not for you. However, for me, the simplicity of the monochrome printing is just the right thing for me.
It is a big and bulky machine, built in, like the colour of the printing, in shades of black, grey and white. It seems to be made of quite good quality plastic, having lasted this long. It is quite old and heavy, making it not very portable, and particularly not suitable for being carried all over the place. It is not an aesthetically perfect printer, but the simple way in which it is displayed gives it the sense of classic timelessness. As I mentioned, it is very big and bulky, so it might be a bit of a problem finding some place for it near the computer without it being too much in the way. For me, I have had the idea of putting it under the table- so I have to be very careful not to step on it.
The printing quality is very good; I have not found any faults with it so far. The quality and the print remains even on the sheets of paper, and it works equally as well on card too, which is of course an added bonus. You do not get the horrible blotces that you sometimes encounter with inkjet printers. The printed paper comes out, fresh and warm from being printed, through the slot at the top of the printer. It prints quite fast, so you do not have to wait too long even if you have ordered for many pages. It is very easy to select the double sided printing option (which not only saves paper but makes your finished document more compact) though this does take considerably longer to print out. I have never yet faced a paper jam with this printer and I hope I never will.
I have printed out some black and white pictures and photos using this printer, and the results have been as good as if I was printing in black and white using a good quality inkjet printer. Also, you should take in account that this, as is with all laser printers, does not work if you are using T-shirt transfer paper. This does not affect me much; if I had wanted something for complicated graphic design, I would have bought a decent colour inkjet printer ages ago.
The paper tray only accommodates for A4 sized paper, which is absolutely fine by me, as I hardly ever need to print in A3 size and upwards. And anyway, you can always tick smaller sheets together in order to make something large. If I need smaaller sized print outs, the paper is very easily trimmed or cut down in size. I normally put around a quarter of a five hundred sheet pack of paper (so that is around 125 sheets of paper) inside the paper tray though it can take up to 250 sheets.
The toner is very expensive, as is with all or most laser printer toners. At over fifty pounds per toner cartridge, many would be intimidated and state that it is far more than they would be prepared to pay for a simple cartridge. However, the thing that they do not tend to take into account is that yes, printing is an expensive activity, and also the fact that they are actually saving you more money than you wuld if you had to buy ink cartridges for an inkjet printer. Under the usual intensive and daily printing that my printer usually undertakes, an inkjet cartridge, which may initially seem more expensive, would only last for a month, maybe two. A toner cartridge lasts me for well over half a year each. So with this printer, you actually end up saving money.
Would I recommend this printer to you? Well, it really does depend on you. If you want a good quality simple printer, and do not mind printing in all black and white like me, then this could be the perfect printer for you like it is for me (thus the 5 out of 5 rating I have given for it). If you require something more flashy with colour but also less reliable, I would recommend for you to look elsewhere. Really, it does seem to be the simplicity of this printer that makes it so special.
Let's face it, buying a mono-chrome laser printer is not an exciting activity! But buying a bad one causes all sorts of hassle. I wanted a reliable printer that would work with ALL of my computers with minimum fuss. I have Macs, Linux machines and standard PCs. I wanted decent quality output and duplex functionality. I also wanted a built in network printer server. I also required that the printer had drivers freely available for the operating systems I use (OSX, Linux, Windows XP, Windows7)
The HP 1320n unit (this model has the network printer server) from the HP Laserjet 1320 series provided the duplex and printer server, together with the Postscript emulation that I wanted. I have owned this printer for several years (at least 3; maybe 5) and can say that I am still delighted with it.
I am pleased with the print quality, that it will use generic consumables (toner) without making a fuss. It is reliable, hardly ever jamming, even during long print runs. I print 1000 sheets a month on average, so it has to work hard for me.
If it got stolen, I'd buy another one!