by June 12, 2000 0 comments

HP LaserJet
Price: Rs 69,689
Price of
toner cartridge:
Rs 5,200
Toner life:
Maximum resolution:
1,200 dpi
15,000 pages per month
Actual Speed:
Standard: 8 MB, Max: 40
Hewlett-Packard India
Estate. Maa Anandmai Marg, Kalkaji, New Delhi 110019.


Total score: 229

The HP LaserJet 2100TN was
the slowest network workgroup laser printer of the lot, rated at 10
ppm. Its price, nevertheless, was quite high. It has two paper trays
of 250 sheets each. It also has two output bins. It took 20 seconds
to print the first page of the multi-page document and 26 seconds to
print the full-page monochrome graphics. In print quality, the 2100
is pretty good. It outperformed everyother printer in the print
quality of a full-page monochrome graphics. The lines were sharp and
clear, and the fountain fills were smooth.

Installation is similar to that of LaserJet 4050. It needs
HP JetAdmin, which is shipped along with it. With JetAdmin you can
assign an IP address, and remotely configure and administer it.
After it’s configured, it appears on the client’s computer as a
network printer.

This printer ships with 8
MB of RAM, which can be upgraded to 40 MB using HP’s proprietary
memory modules only. It has an RJ-45 port, a parallel port as well
as one LocalTalk port. An additional 250-sheet tray can be added to
increase its input capacity. While outputting printouts, you can
select the top output bin or the rear output bin, according to your

Priced at Rs 69, 689 this
printer is expensive considering the fact that the Epson EPL-N2050
with a print speed of 20 ppm and 16 MB of RAM is available for Rs
69,000. Also the price of toner cartridge per 1,000 pages is
expensive at Rs 1,040.

If you have a workgroup of around 20
users with fairly high-graphics quality needs, and some extra money
to spend, give this printer a thought. 

Sachin Makhija and Sougata Das
at PCQ Labs

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