by January 6, 2000 0 comments


HP LaserJet 4050N
Price: Rs 101,836
Price of toner cartridge:
Rs 5,200
Toner life:
6,000 pages
Maximum resolution:
1,200 dpi
65,000 pages per
Standard: 16 MB, Max: 200 MB
Hewlett-Packard India Chandiwala Estate
Maa Anandmai
Marg, Kalkaji,
New Delhi 110019.


Total score: 238

The HP LaserJet 4050N was
the costliest printer in this shootout, despite having a lower ppm
rating of 15 ppm. It took 28 seconds to print a full-page monochrome
graphics, 2 seconds longer than HP 2100TN, and 11 seconds more than
Optra. It also took 14 seconds to print the first page of a
multi-page document. However, it managed to outperform its own speed
ratings by giving print speeds of 16 ppm at its default resolution.
The printer didn’t do too well in graphics. They were banded and the
lines were not smooth.

Setting up the printer was easy. Just plug it into any
network node and use the accompanying HP JetAdmin software to detect
and configure it. Once it has been correctly configured on the
network, the 4050 will appear as a network printer in the “Add
printer” wizard.

This printer comes with 16
MB RAM, which can be upgraded to 200 MB using HP’s proprietary
memory modules only. An additional I/O slot is available to attach a
hard drive or an additional network card. One feature unique to HP
printers is the infrared port, which can be used for wireless
printing. In this model, it’s an external receiver, which connects
to the FIR receiver port behind the printer. This can be great for
printing from laptop computers that usually have an IrDA port. The
accessories it can accommodate include an envelope feeder, a
duplexer used for printing on both sides of paper and an additional
500-sheet input tray.

Overall, though the printer does better
than its own rated speeds, its pricing is an issue. Being a 15-ppm
printer, and considering the fact that faster printers are available
at much lower prices, a price tag of Rs 101,836 can make you think

Sougata Das and Sachin Makhija at PCQ Labs

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