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HP LaserJet 1012 Printer
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- Crisp, 1,200 dpi effective resolution
- Up to 15 ppm; instant-on fuser, first pages out in 10 seconds
- Compact design, perfect for small workspaces
- 150-sheet input tray, 10-sheet priority input tray
- USB interface, PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty
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Today's busy professionals need to save time, costs and valuable workspace. The HP LaserJet 1012 printer gives you competitive edge without compromising the high quality you've come to expect from HP LaserJet printers. Monochrome - 600 x 600 dpi Print - Plain Paper Print - Desktop - 15 ppm Mono Print - 300 sheets Input - Manual Duplex Print - USB
Compact design, affordability, and strong performance make the HP LaserJet 1012 laser printer a logical choice for home or small business users with moderate print demands. Powered by a 133 MHz processor and 8 MB of internal memory, the HP 1012 delivers crisp 600 dpi black printing at up to 15 pages per minute.
PC and Mac compatible, the HP 1012 offers USB connectivity and comes with a handy CR-ROM with software and simple steps for hassle-free setup. This model offers versatile paper handling from its 150-sheet standard input tray and also includes a priority input tray for specialty jobs. The HP 1012 comes with everything you need to get started except the printer cable itself; it is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
HP LaserJet 1012 printer, HP print cartridge, Getting Started guide, software and electronic User Guide on CD-ROM, power cord, printer media input tray, printer priority input tray, tray cover; USB cable not included
Top customer reviews
I have a Powerbook running Mac OS-X 10.3.8 and I had the printer working in about 15-20 minutes after opening the box. There is no USB cable or a manual. A PDF manual is supplied in the CD-ROM along with the print driver. Just make sure you purchase a USB cable. I got an inexpensive Belkin USB cable from Amazon.
The supplied HP print driver is version 1.1.3 and it prints the pages in reverse order by default. The printer puts out the pages face down, so you have to rearrange the pages in the proper order every time. I am a writer and I print out over 100 pages at a time, so that can be a big problem. I searched for a newer version of the print driver on the HP website, but they only had version 1.1.3 for download. I emailed Tech Support at HP on a Saturday and received a reply from them on Monday. They informed me that Version 4 of the print driver can be downloaded via an FTP address, which they emailed me. I don't know why they didn't make the latest print driver available on the HP website in the first place. I downloaded Version 4 and everything has been smooth sailing ever since. I have to commend HP Tech Support for their timely response and effectively solving my problem.
Regarding the speed of the HP 1012.... It puts out the first page in less than 10 seconds. It is very quiet, because it doesn't have a fan. I have heard that the printer slows down after 50-plus pages while doing my research prior to purchasing it. Honestly, that concerned me. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I printed a manuscript that was 106 pages long. My printer never slowed down! Although the printer did get rather warm without a fan, it kept putting out the pages at the same consistent pace. I've printed 100-plus page manuscripts several times now with the same results. Even then, if you are doing extensive printing jobs, expect it to slow down. Otherwise, you might be better off getting a different printer that can handle the volume.
I bought the printer for printing text and the results are sharp and clear. I considered the Samsung 1710 and 1740 and a couple of Brother printers in the same price range. I soon learned that Samsung stopped supporting Mac OS-X. While less expensive, Brother printers require a separate toner and drum, thus making the operating costs higher in the long run. The HP 1012 has the toner and drum combined together in one cartridge, so there are no expensive drum replacements. I've heard some people complain about the $69 price for the HP 1012 toner cartridge. You won't see me complaining, because I will not be paying $150 for a separate drum replacement. Besides, I've seen a new HP 1012 toner cartridge selling substantially less than $69 on the web.
For my requirements, the HP 1012 was my only choice and the best choice. I've had the HP 1012 for 3 months now, and I've purposely waited this long to write this review so I can fully evaluate it. Aside from initial print driver issues, it has performed flawlessly printing everything from pages to envelopes. Feel free to contact me if you need print driver Version 4. I rate it 4 and a half stars. It would be 5 stars if it wasn't for the print driver issue.
I chose the 1012 based in part on positive reader reviews on Macintouch.com. I ordered it from Amazon (free/slow shipping) and it arrived just a couple days later -- lovely! It's been trouble free ever since. It has only 8 MB of memory, but this has proven to be more than adequate for printing full page bitmaps, so it does not turn out to be a handicap.
The toner cartridge is the one achilles heel of this device. It is designed for approx 3000 page service duty, about half a typical HP toner cartridge yield, but costs about as much as others, about $70 retail. (Your Milage May Vary: I've gotten at least 3500 pages so far, but I have a spare tone cartridge ready to swap in). I suspect this is how HP hopes to make money on such an inexpensive laser printer. But, if you do the math, the cost per page for your first 3000 sheets, including paper and the printer, is under seven cents per page, compared to 25 cents or more for inkjet prints. After this, the ongoing cost is only $0.025/page -- yes, two and a half cents. This assumes you get only what HP predicts, and not significantly better, as I have experienced. If your budget allows a more expensive printer which gets more pages per cart, you may want to, but for those of us on a budget, this is still a great deal, with the HP reliability we have come to expect.
As noted by other reviewers, heavy duty cycle causes the printer to slow down. I don't consider this a big flaw -- it has no trouble turning out sixty page drafts on demand, at its full rated speed. And it's ultra-fast first page out is great!
I have printed undersized stock and heavy stock with no real issues. When printing on card stock, the printer slows down and prints five to ten sheets per minute. I assume that the heavy cardstock somehow causes it to heat up and slow down. I've also printed sheets down to post card sized (about 4"x6") and it handles the paper fine. (The manual says the minimum sheet size is 3.5"x5".)
A tip for Mac Users: this printer works fine with Panther out of the box, but install HP's drivers anyway to access some extra printer settings, such as Economode, low/high rez printing, and explicit support for the manual feed ("bypass") paper path.
PROS: fast first page out, low cost of operation, HP reliability, plug-and-play with Airport Express
CONS: higher cost of toner than professional-grade printers, slows down to cool off during very heavy print jobs
SUMMARY: If you need to print hundreds of pages at a shot, get a professional grade printer such as the HP 4050. However, if you are a SOHO user and rarely need to print more than fifty or sixty pages at a time, I feel that this printer is an excellent choice with a low cost-per-page.