Laserjet: main features, pros and drawbacks, defects and bugs

Brief history

            With the constantly changing business and home living world around us, it’s important to have electronics that can keep up with the demand. The review will explain the HP LaserJet that among other printers is revolutionary, separates it from other printers. Though, while being revolutionary, it does have its downs, but with the negatives there are positives. Now, is the LaserJet worth having? We’ll see.

            What exactly is an HP LaserJet? A LaserJet is a printer that operates through dry electrophotographic (DEP).  Hewlett Packard (HP) was the first to produce the LaserJet onto the market on May 1984 that was displayed at the Computer Dealer’s Exhibition (COMDEX). Compared to its ancient competitor (a text-only printer that operated on a daisy wheel and dot matrix), the LaserJet was a revolutionizing technology that was nearly priced at $4000! Fast forwarding to the present, the LaserJet is much less expensive than its prototype and has been manufactured and sold over 50 million times! The price ranges for most LaserJet printers are from $100 to $200; however, some are up to the thousands.

Main features

            The LaserJet differs from other printers as the OfficeJet that it’s mainly used for home, while being much smaller than DeskJet printers. For example, the $149 HP LaserJet Pro P1102w is much smaller than a Deskjet, and able to perfectly fit on a desk among other things, without taking much space. However, there are some that are much larger and heavier than InkJet printers – a monster sized LaserJet would be a LaserJet Enterprise M601n printer that’s priced at $700.

Pros & drawbacks

            There a several highlights that promotes the LaserJet above others, especially Inkjets. The first pro is that speed is a great feature that LaserJet printers have over Inkjets. Those who print large amounts of documents will notice the large difference between the printing speeds as opposed to those that use ink. For example, a LaserJet P2035 can produce 30 pages per minute as opposed to a Deskjet producing 32 pages, and an OfficeJet’s 70 pages. The second pro is LaserJet can produce better quality prints when it comes to small fonts, black text, and fine lines on documents. The third pro is that the printers’ toner is cheaper than other printers. The fourth pro is that LaserJet printers can handle large print jobs without overloading.

            However, despite the great things that a LaserJet can do, there are the unfortunate drawbacks. The first drawback is that while the printers operate quickly, it takes time for them to warm up. If you’re in a rush this could become a problem. The second con is that the toner in the long run is cheaper, but the upfront costs are not. The third con is what may be a “punch in the gut” for LaserJet as opposed to InkJets – a variety of paper that’s heat sensitive can’t be supported by the LaserJet. The fourth con is when it comes to printing quality photographs, the LaserJet takes a backset.

Defects & bugs

            Speaking about cons and drawbacks, the LaserJet encounters problems such as main defects and bugs as well. The most common defects that the LaserJet encounters are mainly text related such as background scatter, bubble print, compressed print, and distorted image. The mechanical issues such as creases, curls, loose toner, and image skew can be fixed by either cleaning or replacing parts. For the text related issues, there are drivers that are both Mac and Windows supported. The drivers are simply downloaded from the HP site that can fix the defects and bugs.

Conclusion

            So is it worth buying a LaserJet? Well, it depends on what your demands are. The LaserJet can handle and produce more printed documents than Deskjets and other ink printers; however, the drawback is that it can’t handle a variety of paper. While it can print far more pages than other printers it can take a while to heat up, so if you’re on the go that can be a problem; however, if you have a lot of documents it’s a plus. Think about a conventional oven, even if time isn’t on your side, you have to wait for it to preheat, so a printer heating up to print a large amount of papers shouldn’t be an issue. The LaserJet is also cheaper and smaller than other printers; however, this depends on which one you purchase as some are heavier and more expensive; however, for home use its more convenient and easy to carry from place to place. It’s a great price for something that doesn’t require much maintenance; however, can be a drag when it comes to replacement parts. For what it’s worth, it may be beneficial to have one for personal use; however, if you’re constantly on the run it may be second place to an inkjet printer, though with inkjets you’re not getting the document print page per minute speed.