HP – LaserJet 1200N review

laser printer with good connectivity and performance
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£345 + VAT

HP’s latest 1200dpi (dots per inch), personal LaserJet printer series takes over from the popular 1100xi range, delivering faster printing than its predecessor. The network ready LaserJet 1200N is the most expensive in the range and is fitted with a 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet connection and HP’s JetDirect print server.

The LaserJet 1200N uses a 90MHz Motorola Coldfire processor and comes with 16MB of memory as standard, 8MB on a fixed board and 8MB in the single DIMM slot. The latter can take a 64MB module of SDRAM memory, so you have a potential maximum of 72MB to help handle complex print jobs. The processor gives the LaserJet 1200N great performance even with the standard memory fitted; up to 15ppm (pages per minute) at 600dpi and just 10 seconds for the first page either from cold or warm start thanks to the instant-on fuser.

It’s not only fast, but the print quality is first rate. Even at 600dpi text appears clear and sharp, while at 1200dpi printed graphics are pin sharp. The LaserJet 1200N is reasonably economical too; the standard toner cartridge lasts for around 2,500 pages of average use, while the larger ‘Maximum Capacity’ cartridge gives around 3,500 pages at the same coverage.

It’s an easy printer to install thanks to the user friendly CD and Getting Started leaflet, which guides you through the worst part of the LaserJet 1200N – the cable set up. To connect a cable you have to open the front panel and then pop off the left hand side panel. This makes for tidy cables but it’s a mildly complicated business for novice users. As well as the network connection there are both parallel and USB 2.0 ports, which is an excellent move on HP’s part – too many printers have one or the other, not both.

The one drawback with the LaserJet 1200 series is the lack of paper handling expandability. All you get is a single 250-sheet paper input tray, 10-sheet manual feed tray and 125 sheet output tray. This is fine for home use but may limit its appeal in some small but busy offices. However, with the addition of the optional copier/scanner attachment the LaserJet 1200N can be made into a basic multi-function device. Hewlett Packard provides a one year RTB (Return To Base) warranty with the LaserJet 1200N.

Company: HP

Contact: 0845 270 4222


Verdict
The HP LaserJet 1200N is an advance on its predecessors, offering faster and better quality printing. Although not cheap due to the inbuilt networking capability, and despite the limited paper handling, it would make an good small business mono laser printer thanks to its performance and connectivity.