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HP LaserJet 4050N Network Printer

by HP
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  • Prints up to 17 pages per minute
  • 16 MB RAM standard, expandable to 200 MB
  • HP JetDirect 600N internal print server for Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • 250-sheet top output bin, 50-sheet rear output bin
  • PC and Mac compatible
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Technical Details

  • auto-document feeder

Product Description

Product Description

HP Laserjet 4050N Printer

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Part of the LaserJet 4050 line of quality laser printers, the network model 4050N offers 16 MB RAM, HP JetDirect 600N internal print server (a 10/100 Base-TX fast Ethernet card), and a fast infrared receiver.

The LaserJet 4050's standard 500-sheet paper tray slides into the front of the printer; paper follows an S-path through the printer and ejects face-down into a generous 250-sheet output bin on the top of the unit. Alternately, you can flip down a tray in the rear of the printer that handles 50 sheets. The printer's front also hosts a flip-down, multipurpose feed tray that can handle 100 sheets of ordinary paper as well as media ranging from 3-by-5-inch cards to legal-sized paper. The tray's adjustable guides automatically center the paper.

Toner cartridges slide effortlessly into a large opening on top of the unit. This opening, along with well-marked access levers, also lets you access the entire paper path. Hewlett-Packard's TonerGauge tracks the number of printed toner dots and sends an accurate reading to the control panel and the management software.

The menu structure is immediately understandable and the control panel easy to use. On the control panel, three LED indicators show the printer's online status, activity, and error conditions, while a series of buttons on the right allows you to maneuver through the printer's scrollable menus. The LaserJet 4050N's online help system allows you to scroll through troubleshooting solutions on the control panel.

The LaserJet 4050N comes with interfaces for parallel, serial, and 10/100 Base TX as standard, but 10-T/10-2 LocalTalk interfacing is available as an option. The LaserJet 4050N's fast infrared receiver in the rear is handy if you have a compatible notebook and like the idea of printing wirelessly from across your office.

In addition to font and macro storage, a hard disk enables the LaserJet 4050N to perform several types of jobs: Private Printing, Proof and Hold, Stored Jobs, and Quick Copies. Private Printing enables users to encode a print job with a PIN number and release the job at the printer by entering the code. Proof and Hold is a feature bound to save paper--it prints the first copy of a document and only prints the subsequent ones after you look at the proof and release the job at the printer. Quick Copying lets you print up to 999 additional copies of the last job without reloading the source application. Stored Jobs can live at the printer, and you can print them on demand from the control panel without any PC involvement.

Given 4050N's impressive features, its fast 17-page-per-minute, jam-free printing, its network interfacing, and its strong manageability features, we think this is a fine business printer.

Pros:

  • Strong manageability features
  • Excellent control panel
  • Prints up to 17 pages per minute
  • Innovative workgroup options

Cons:

  • Printer cable not included

Product Details

Product Manual [4.86mb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 52 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 54.9 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00000JHYT
  • Item model number: 4050N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1999

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

We're extremely pleased with this purchase.
Jerry Plybon
The reasons I purchase this printer is because we had such great luck at work with HP 4050N.
Bear
Anyway, buy this printer, you won't regret it!
Tommy_loves_Brooke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Alderete on November 13, 2000
As someone who has used, recommended, and supported printers in workgroups for nearly 10 years, I've come across a couple of truly outstanding printers. This is one of them. It's fast, the text quality is outstanding, and using the manual feeds and output tray, you can have a straight-through paper path for heavier stock. I've successfully used this printer to send post-card thick paper through to print, yes, post-cards.
Easily and completely compatible with both PCs and Macs. Possibly the best B&W printer I've ever encountered.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Larrivee on March 20, 2003
I have three of these printers for my office (Also a Cannon IR5000 and an HP Color 4500 to explain the caliber of printers that I use.
The first one I have had for 3 years and it works as good as the day I got it. I use it for between 20 and 200 pages a day EVERY day. The Extended life toner cartridge seems to last FOREVER. The network feature was quite easy to setup through NT, XP, and 2000 using the standard Windows Drivers.. Heck I didn't even need a driver disk - How cool is that?
The second and third ones are general office printers which handle 200+ pages a day. Again easy network configuration and never a problem.
I don't [care]what the resolution is, or that fact that is spits out 16+ pages a minute - All that matters for me is that it works, I don't ever have to fix it, and it's super fast. I work in a wood shop and I swear this thing sits under 1/2 inch of dust. I blow it off with an air hose once a month and that is it. The manual feed works great too.
One more thing - In the seemingless infinte printouts we make - we have never had one jam... Not ONE.
Stop looking and buy this printer! You will not forgive yourself if you pass it up.
I would and will buy this printer again.
Matthew
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ken Leitch on November 7, 2007
We have about 6 LaserJet 4050 printers and we are generally happy with them; however, there is a serious problem with the print feed rollers on these machines. We find that users complain of paper jams after a few thousand prints. It is always the case that the paper has not actually jammed, but is sitting on the hold down brackets because the lower pf roller has warn and can't pick it up. Replacing the pf rollers resolves the issue, but is a constant problem (pf roller run around $4.00 each).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Farvision Networks on June 2, 2011
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I've tried to 'cheap out' on so many printers in the past; you just wouldn't believe me. Right now in the stable, I have an Epson R260 (ink), Canon MX850 (ink), Samsung ML-1665 x2 (Laser), HP 1006 x2 (laser), and HP 1600DN (laser).

Nothing can touch this 4050N in productivity. We do a lot of mailings, and I used to fool around with Envelopes in the inkjet printers, and run manual duplex through the cheapie lasers, and finally got a cheapie duplexer in the 1600dn, and you really do spend all your time fooling around with these misfeeds and paper jams.

The Envelope feeding for this sucker is fantastic. It plugs into the front of the machine in place of the Manual Feed. There is an electronics module that inputs settings into the printer, and has it's own feed and roller mechanism. Envelope printers I was looking at online started around $5k. This was under $200 here on Amazon.

The Duplexer is awesome. They are also very inexpensive. The Windows drivers are seasoned enough so that any machine on the network can print to this thing. Windows XP, Vista, and Win7.

It's not USB, so if you are not putting this on the network, you will have to dig up a Parallell port somewhere.

Controls for setting up a static IP are easy enough.

I do need to chase down another paper tray - having a seperate tray for colored paper types will be very helpful.

Speed is not bad. Slower then some others, but only by a few seconds per page. You asbolutely make up this time by never having to play with misfeeds or jams. This printer just works.

The toner is the best deal going. You can't beat 10k pages for ~$30 anywhere. I have been printing out the Supplies page every handful of print jobs, to keep a running log of usage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Not satisfied on January 15, 2012
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Nicely packed and it arrived in great condition as advertised. I love this old printer and for a office application these old printers are work horses and are easy to set up and use. For the money this is hard to beat!
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By Deshai on September 19, 2014
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I am happy to report that The Printer Depot receives a five (5) star recommendation from me. The HP LaserJet 4050N Printer that I purchased arrived on Monday August 25, 2014 and I was very impressed with how it was packed for shipping. The printer was packed so well that only total destruction of the truck it was carried in would have damaged it. When I removed the printer from the box, I was able to connect it to the power outlet and the computer and it operated without any problems. I did not need to load a print driver. I added my toner cartridge and paper, and was able to print without issue. The Printer Depot demonstrates true professionalism and excellent customer service. I recommend them to anyone wanting to purchase a printer. This was a true 'no hassle' situation.
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By Tommy_loves_Brooke on February 20, 2013
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We had these printers when I was in high school, I loved them so I bought one of these for myself, I definitely can't complain a bit. Seems there's a little issue sometimes on the paper tray that deals with paper size that I haven't worked out 100% but for the most part, I think this is the best printer I've ever bought and sure beats the hell out of stupid inkjet printers. If I could, this would be the only printer I'd ever use. Whoever says that old technology from the late 90s to early 2000s isn't usable in 2013 is absolutely nuts. Half the time, this stuff is much better than 2013 technology as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, buy this printer, you won't regret it!
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