So I’m back with another review, this time it’s about the HP Deskjet 1000, a simple budget inkjet printer from HP. I’ve already done an unboxing of this product which can be found Here. I have been impressed for the most part with this printer, but being a budget printer it certainly does have it’s shortcomings as well, which I will be going into throughout this post.
So as far as the aesthetics go, quite nice, it has a simple grey and silver finish which I like as it goes with everything I have in my home office/entertainment centre/bedroom seeing as all technology products are black, silver and grey (I love simple modest colours). The lid on top of the printer simply lifts up to support the paper that has been loaded into the printer and will stand upright at about a 45 degree angle at the back of the printer. The lid feels like very high quality plastic, no cheap milk bottle type nastiness. The lid also has some instructions about how to properly load specific paper types underneath the lid.
On top of the printer we have the power button, we have the model number on the left side of the lid and we have the logo on the right side of the lid, these strategic positions make both sides of the printer appear appropriately outfitted instead of just having one heavily cluttered side. On the front of the printer we have the supporting tray for your finished documents with also features a nice little arm that swings out of the tray to further support your documents and stop them from falling onto the floor or desk. Behind the supporting flap we also have the service hatch or sorts which is for changing the ink cartridges. Upon opening the hatch the printer will align the cartridges in the middle of the hatch to allow you to easily remove and install cartridges. The cartridges simply click into place on the supporting internal brackets. The hatch also provides some instructions as to how to install and remove cartridges.
On the front we also have the energy star logo and I have found the printer does live up to that sticker. It will sleep to conserve power and it will only awaken if there is a printing job to be done. The printer gives a clear indication as to if it is awake or not, if it is sleeping the power light will continuously fluctuate, and if awake the light will be static. The printer also uses a power brick to transform it’s power instead of a built in one which also dramatically enhances it’s power saving abilities.
One of the bad things I noticed about this printer was before even using it. This printer does not come with a USB cable, which is just shocking if we’re honest. Every device which is connected via USB should have some sort of USB cable in the box, but no. I actually had to provide my own USB 1.0 to 2.0 cable in order to connect this printer, seriously I’m sure even most Wi-Fi enabled printers have some sort of USB cable in the box just in case. I’m now looking into purchasing a larger USB cable to connect directly to my machine as the printer is currently connected to my secondary monitor’s built in USB hub which has it’s benefits and drawbacks.
In terms of print quality, it was pretty good, however there would be some instances of smudging upon handling the document, not to an extreme level like some old inkjet printers used to but it was certainly noticeable when looking closely. The smudging tended to only occur with large fonts and images on documents.
So all in all the printer is pretty good value for money, very cost effective and has a cheap retail price (£19.99 in Comet) but if you’re looking for very high quality maybe consider the more expensive options such as laser printers.