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  • When the 1020 was first released, HP did not provide a driver for Linux, necessitating the use of third-party drivers, but this problem has now been fixed
  • HP consumables are not the cheapest around, and toner will become a significant expense if you print a lot - although, unlike many of its rivals, HP bundles a full-size toner cartridge with the 1020, something that I found very welcome and impressive

    • by fredhound
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      The LaserJet 1020 printer from HP is ideal for people who want a simple, reliable, monochrome laser printer that will perform as a reliable workhorse day after day. It is not particularly exciting, it is not fashionably styled and it has no exciting special features - it doesn’t even include a scanner - but as a straightforward printer for relatively light home use it is hard to beat.

      The design is about as simple as it is possible to get: a fairly small but chunky grey plastic box.


      Unpack it and plug it in to the computer via a USB cable, and that’s almost all the setting up necessary. When the 1020 was first released, HP did not provide a driver for Linux, necessitating the use of third-party drivers, but this problem has now been fixed: I use this printer daily with the latest version of Mandriva Linux and it works perfectly.

      Print quality is very good, with bold, black text that looks very professional. Occasionally when printing large areas of black the colour can seem ...


      • slightly uneven, but the 1020 is intended primarily as a text printer. I have also been pleased with the print speed: HP claims 14 pages per minute for text on A4-sized paper, and while (as you’d expect) real-word results are slightly slower, around 11-12 ppm is perfectly achievable. The 1020 also has a very quick start-up speed, making it ideal for one-page letters and other short documents.

        HP consumables are not the cheapest around, and toner will become a significant expense if you print a lot -

        although, unlike many of its rivals, HP bundles a full-size toner cartridge with the 1020, something that I found very welcome and impressive. Another factor that was good was the lack of noise: this is not a loud printer, and as such is suitable for computers in small spaces such as bedrooms.

        To sum up: the HP LaserJet 1020 can be highly recommended for lighter and home users, and given its positioning in the budget sector I have been very pleased with the quality of its output.




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