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HP LaserJet 6p Laser Printer REFURBISHED(C3980A)

by HP
3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Technical Details

  • auto-document feeder

Product Description

HP C3980A Laserjet 6P -2MB, 8ppm, 600 dpi

Product Information

Item Weight 28 pounds
Shipping Weight 28 pounds
ASIN B001BRNT68
Item model number HP LaserJet 6P Printer
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #586 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Printers > Laser Printers
Date first available at Amazon.com February 9, 2006

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FYI, I've taught computer hardware and software for many years. And am very tech and computer-literate. So I understand technology very well and have been working with it for many years.

Now I've had my Laserjet 6P for several years. And continue to use it to this day on a regular basis. I use it to print graphics, PowerPoints, flyers, resumes, letters, PDFs, and other docs. And it does a very nice job in terms of output quality for a 600x600 printer.

Because this is an older model printer, the driver is already built into Windows. So you won't need a CD to install the printer. Windows will automatically recognize it and install the driver for you. I've used the printer with Win98, Win98SE, and XP without any problems whatsoever!

So as a computer person who does a lot of printing and works with technology on a regular basis, I can tell you it's a very nice printer. It's quality is very good and it's a true workhorse. So I gave it a 4 star rating because it is a very good printer in terms of quality, reliability, and durability.

However, just like anything else, nothing is perfect. So there are some drawbacks. One relates to paper curl. The printer does heat up enough to curl 20lb paper. A common problem with many laser printers going back years and even up to today! So it's nothing new or limited to this printer. I use 24lb paper because that doesn't curl as much or at all. But if you don't mind paper curl, then 20lb paper will work just fine.

The manual paper tray works very well. And folds in so it can be out of the way if you're not using it. And because I use it a great deal with things like business cards, double-sided printing, etc, it works very well. When you fold it out, there's a plastic extender to hold the paper.
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By MRC on June 18, 2012
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I have owned this particualar model HP printer for years. It was very reliable and had 2 size trays. But like an old friend, it pooped out. I was looking to replace this, but HP doesnt make them any more. So I purchased this reconditioned model for a great price and it works very well.
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I came across this gem in a local thrift shoppe and it was a heaven sent boon. I had previously one vintage computer printer through which all vintage print jobs had to go, because of the fact I didn't want a 6P to be shipped to me only to have it die in shipping.

It was therefore waiting for me in a thrift shoppe one day, and I picked it up after some objections (clearing out a badly malfunctioning and even bigger printer (of which I have had 2 bigger than the 6P) alleviated their concerns, and so I brought it home.

Well, the toner cartridge was bad, but I replaced it and "except for stacking heavy stuff on it" it worked perfectly; and after airing out the cartridge in the darkest place in the room it came back to life, and I have never seen a $3 thrift shoppe printer (of which I have only had one other) work this well for this long.

Well, fortunately for me I have a Dell OptiPlex 745 running Windows XP Professional SP2 that I could use to write this review as well as command the printer, and I think I would rather keep a vintage PC or Mac around than lose access to this awesome printer.

P.S.: Here's a secret. I compared the output of a HP LaserJet 4000N with standard-capacity cartridge and the 50 times cheaper from reseller 6P, and the 6P put out bolder printouts using default settings. I don't mess with economode because I need printing available on demand rather than continuously, and regardless of whether I set the networked 4000N to PostScript emulation or PCL6, the 6P wins, and I doubt I have depleted the cartridge in the 4000N "that much.
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Works well except interior of machine never was cleaned all that well. Maybe previous user had an explosion of toner which sprayed all over interior. Some occasional specks of toner spew upon edge of paper probably coming off roller puller or whatever. The cleaning utility I used to apply only is available undwer Windows XP, so would have to hook up old computer in order to use. Otherwise I like this old workhorse. I have my original machine the parts for which have become damaged. Maybe I can get a lcoal repair person to amalgamate the two machines.
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I received this printer very quickly. When I first tried it out, it would pull the paper about 2 inches into the printer and then jam. After comparing it with my other HP 6P, I noticed that the initial feed roller was sitting at about a 30 degree angle to the direction of feed. Once I fished the roller out and reinserted it in it's fixture, the next sheet feed properly. However my victory was short lived as the printed sheet had recurring horizontal lines approximately every 3 inches down the page. This performance is not what I expected from a refurbished machine.
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Handles my needs. Clean print, does not clog. Wonderful investment.
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This printer isn't functional yet, because although I did receive a USB cable, I was unaware that I needed another cable due to the age of this refurbished printer.

The new cable was received today and will be installed by my niece next week. I'll update
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