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      16.10.2006 19:06

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      The advantages FAR outweigh the disadvantages

      I've been using my 6L for over 8 years now and wouldn't hesitate to buy another if I had to do it all over again. It occasionally feeds multiple sheets, but not often enough to bother me.. maybe once in 100 feeds. As far as paper jams, I'm averaging one every 8 years (in other words, I've had ONE paper jam since I bought it). This printer has outlasted 3 PCs and is currently on its 4th. It has also outlasted 2 inkjet printers. Only the first PC (Win 95/98) required driver installation. The other 3 (WinXP) included system drivers.

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      16.09.2005 14:42

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      A longlasting , reliable printer , minimal chance of breakdown - no extra features like new models.

      This model has been used in a office I have worked in for four years. The printer has never been replaced or updated. The printer has only broke down on one occassion over those years despite several computers and operators constantly printing information from this source. If you want a no frills reliable printer that this is one of the best.Despite being an old model. If you need to constanlty print reports, college assignments and don't mind just box standard formats this is the printer for you. The cartridges are large for this machine but will last a good few months despite printing large quantities of letters, reports, memo's etc.

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      14.08.2004 02:49
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      We bought our HP Laserjet 6l nearly seven years ago, now. At a time when most of our computer-literate friends were buying colour desk-jet printers, we weighed up the kinds of things we wanted to print, and the cost, and decided that a black-only laser printer would actually meet our needs better. We bought it shortly before Christmas, so that we could print our annual family newsletter on it. At that time, photocopying was quite pricey: about 10p per A4 side. This was perhaps reduced a little for double-sided bulk copying, but still it would have cost us over £15 simply to photocopy our newsletter 100 times. Taking into account paper, cartridge usage and even a little for wear and tear, we calculated that a laser printer would produce double-sided pages for about 3p each. In addition we could choose to print exactly the number we needed, plus a few extra if necessary later on, rather than having to guess (and over-estimate) in order to get a bulk reduction. We also wanted to be able to print out copies of letters we has typed, some emails, and also some articles downloaded from the Internet. In those days connection speeds were slow, and there was no broadband! In addition, I wanted a reasonable quality printer for articles I was writing for magazines. All of these required black-and-white printing. So we decided that, much as it would be nice to have a colour printer, it was more economically sensible to opt for a good quality black-and-white laser printer. My husband looked at the various options, and the HP laserjet 6l seemed to provide the best value for money. He trusted the Hewlett-Packard name for reliable printers, and decided that it was not worth paying extra money for ultra-fast printing. The speed of printing was given as six pages per minute - not particularly fast, but quite suitable for home use. We actually ti med it a few times, and found this to be roughly accurate. Although this printer has now been discontinued by Hewlett Packard, there are still many available second-hand; a quick scan of Ebay shows at least ten of them available there, at a cost of around £20. It's reasonably small, sitting neatly on a desk next to a computer monitor. The paper is fed in through a rear slot on the top, and can emerge either through a parallel slot also at the top, or - for items such as envelopes printed on thicker paper - through a single-feed slot at the front. A simple flick of a switch alters this setting, which is most convenient. The quality at the time was considered very good: 600 x 600 dpi (dots per inch) is the official specification. To my non-technical eye, the resultant printing looked excellent. There were none of the blurry edges inherent in desk-jet printers of the time, and black-and-white photographs printed clearly. Even in 2004 it still seems to be comparable with many other more modern printers. Installing was straightforward, although I didn't do that myself: there was a cable provided, and an onscreen wizard with full instructions to instal the driver and check that it was working satisfactorily. It took about five minutes in all and we were very pleased with the quality of the resultant test page. Changing the cartridge is fairly easy; the front of the printer can be pulled open, then the old cartridge removed and the new one put in its place. It's a little awkward ensuring it's in the correct position, but the printer won't close until it is. We find that when a cartridge is beginning to run out (evident by white streaks across a page of print) it's worth taking out the cartridge and giving it a good shake to redistribute the toner: this usually gives us at least 200 more pages, and subsequent shakings will ease yet more reasonable prints, if it starts to run out at an inconvenient time! Cartridges for this printer are fairly pricey - around £50 for a new branded one, although it's sometimes possible to find cheaper alternatives. We have started using a cartridge refilling service, which comes to about half the price of the new one and is more environmentally friendly. We've found these to work just as well as the HP branded ones; with normal family use, each cartridge lasts about a year. In that time we probably use at least four reams of A4 paper, often printing both sides, so the cost isn't at all unreasonable. Note that it's vitally important to get the 6l cartridge, not that for the laserjet 6. The two are completely different. I speak from experience! Unfortunately, no printer is perfect and ours does have some problems: ~ Multifeeding paper: While the printer worked beautifully for the first year or so, we noticed that it became progressively worse about multi-feeding paper - in other words, we would sometimes set it to print ten copies of something, put some paper in the correct slot... and after the first couple, about six sheets would emerge all at once. Worse still, the printing would sometimes be staggered over about three of the sheets of paper, meaning that they were all wasted. We found this problem occurred most frequently when trying to print the second side of anything. The printer doesn't do automatic double-sided printing, but it's easy enough to print a first side, and then put the paper in the other way around to print the second side. Fine with just a single sheet, but disastrous with multiple copies - such as we wanted for our family newsletters. We recently learned that this is a known problem for this particular printer, and that Hewlett Packard produced a small device to insert which separated sheets, and which could b e ordered to help this problem - but unfortunately they're no longer offering it. We find that if we put a large quantity of paper in (perhaps 100 sheets) then it will do multi-feeds more successfully, but this seems rather an overkill for printing ten copies of something! ~ Dust: Since the paper feeding slots are at the top, it's all too easy for the insides to get dusty, and it's not easy to clean! Eventually we bought a plastic printer cover, which mostly eased this problem. Still, overall we have been extremely pleased with our printer. It's still going strong, and giving excellent quality printing without any serious problems. Not many seven-year-old printers can make that claim! We do have a colour deskjet printer as well now, but its text printing even at the best setting is not as sharp as that of the laserjet, nor does it print so quickly. Moreoever, it works out considerably more expensive in replacement cartridges. When our laserjet printer finally gives up, we will certainly consider buying a second-hand one for £20, since it's very useful to have a high quality and reasonably fast printer.

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        07.11.2000 21:48
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        I purchased an HP 6L printer. At 6 pages per minute it isn't the fastest laser printer out there. But the drivers aren't that great. Need to reinstall them from time to time cause the printer decides it doesn't want to print anymore. It doesn't have an on/off switch, the printer turns on/off by itself, which is pretty cool at first, but then I never understood when it decides to turn off. Sometimes the LED stays on all night. It doesn't make any noise in standby mode which is good. It also has another problem which seems common to all types of HP printers (inkjet or laser), it's not so good with paper feeding. Sometimes several pages go through at once and sometimes blank pages come in between printed pages. Plus the paper path isn't straight so it's not great for printing on thicker paper.

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        07.11.2000 03:51
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        Firstly I must note that the HP Laserjet 6L has been discontinued by HP, the current replacement at time of writing is the HP Laserjet 1100. It used to be HP's entry level laser printer. HP said that it could print 6 pages per minute, but in reality it's very slow for a laser printer, although the quality is just as good as more expensive laser printers at 600 DPI. It only comes with 1MB of memory, this means if it won't print complex graphics, however this is expandable to 9MB. WIth it's poor design, paper jams can be difficult to remove as you can't get into some of the inner parts of the printer without stripping it. Also with it's 100 page (max) top loading tray, it's prone to problems of taking in more than one sheet at once.

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        01.10.2000 22:28

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        When I first layed eyes on this printer, I thought it looked bulky and slow - I was put off purchasing one all together! But a while back I reunited with this printer as a key part of my A-level studies! I take it all back what I said - it has a fast print speed, prints all text plainly, clearly and very crisp with no blurred edging at all. The print speed is good too for all those 50 page documents you may need to print. My advice for anyone considering getting one of these printers is to go for it as it will be a sturdy and value for money choice. Alll in all you won't be dissapointed if you were to buy this product!

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        23.08.2000 16:01
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        I have worked in the computer industry for 10 years now and have always relied on HP for my printing. With this particular model, however, I think they were having a bad hair day. We have a number of these printers where I work and we find we have more calls about paper jams and other problems than any other printer. HP please take note, ditch this printer, it stinks!!!! The previous model (the 5L) was exactly the same in looks and had just as many problems!! We have now started to replace all of these printers but remain with HP (replacing with 1100, see opinion!!) as I still think they are the best, one mistake can be forgiven I guess!!

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        10.07.2000 04:01
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        My brother bought this piece of equipment about 2 years go. He loves HP and thinks they are the best. But i am going to tell you WHY NOT TO BUY THIS CRAP PRINTER.. Its totaly biased, because i hate it and think HP charge too much for their goods. What i hate about it: 1) Paper loading mech. Its so bad, it sometime takes two paper in a row, or none at all. You see when like me you print a 130 page thesis, you don't want to spend ages next to the machine seeing it take each sheet one by one, just incase it misses a page. 2) When it misses a page, it does not carry on from where it left. Instead it starts the print job from the begionning again. Bloody nuisance, after you printed page 73.! 3) Paper jams.. It does not have a jam releiving button. Intead you need to open it up and then pull the paper out. 4) Design.. i actually think it looks like some sort of heater. 5) Cost of running. Costs about £45 for a 2,500 page toner.. RIP OFF compared to all other companies. 6) Speed.. Only 6 pages a minute.. not bad, but oythers are faster. 7) Resolution... Its 300x600 (If i recall correct), with ReT it may be a bit more, but nowhere as good as other makes, that go into 600x1200 8) MOST expensive printer at the times. All HP products are too expensive. 9) DOES NOT HAVE AN ON/OFF SWITCH.. Unbelievable but true. 10) HP.. i hate HP.. so thats number 10... (i have had 2 HP printers in the past.. bad mistake, but my brother never learns. If you want a printer.. go for panasonic KX range. Cheap, convinient and better..!

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          05.07.2000 06:52
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          Over the years i've had many experiances with various brands of printers at home and at work and they come in all shapes and sizes. Out of all them the printers I would recommend are the ones that are simple shapes, such as a square. The reason is simple, you get less jams and less faults. The worst model I have come across is the HP LaserJet 6L. After approximatly 300 printout the sheet feeder takes up to 10 pages in one go and this causes jams. It should take 1 page. Sometimes it doesn't even take the paper and your PC tells you there is a jam. You have to open the printer and then close it again, and then get the paper out and put it back in. The printer also gives you the option whether you want the output to come out through the top or bottom. When the paper come out through the top it's fine, when it comes out through the bottom it jams, 1 in 5 times. I would not recommend this printer to anyone and do not listen to sales people who tell you how good this printer is. It may work at start but it's only time before it wears down.

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        The HP LaserJet 6L printer is ideal for business users in Microsoft Windows, DOS or OS/2 environments who want the convenience and confidentiality of a desktop laser printer. The HP LaserJet 6L printer offers a fast 6 page-per-minute print speed, superior flexibility, optional network capability, and HP's proven laser technology for reliable performance year after year.

        Get your work done faster. The HP LaserJet 6L printer is designed to let you get more done right at your desk, with a compact desktop size and quiet print operation. The speedy 6 ppm engine and 24-MHz processor provide fast printing. Patented instant-on fuser eliminates printer warm-up time. 18-second first-page-out speed cuts the time spent waiting for documents. Fast return to application gets you back to work fast while your document prints. Efficient I/O handling speeds data transfer. The printer meets your needs today and tomorrow. It is compatible with popular operating systems including DOS and Windows 3.1, 3.11, 95, NT3.51, NT 4.0 and OS/2. It supports a variety of PC hardware platforms including 386, 486 and Pentium. Expandable design lets you add memory easily. Give all your documents the professional edge. Print impressive documents with true 600 x 600 dpi laser and HP's Resolution Enhancement technology (REt). Microfine toner guarantees richer blacks and smoother grays, and crisp, clear, permanent HP LaserJet printing doesn't fade or smear. Alternate straight-through paper path provides wrinkle-free envelope printing. Print on letterhead, envelopes, transparencies and card stock.