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HP DeskJet 1020

Design and Ergonomics

HP’s network printers for workgroups are highly popular around the world. The LaserJet 1020 model is meant for personal use, yet it is popular, too, not the least because of the renowned brand. This printer doesn’t boast exceptional characteristics or exquisite design, yet it is free from obvious flaws and bears the HP logotype. This seems enough for success.

The LaserJet 1020 is designed and colored typically for that class of devices:

It’s all functional and ergonomic: the front panel, which is also an input paper tray, conceals a duplex media input port. Each port is equipped with width-setting guides; the bottom port also has a length-setting limiter. Print media must be put into each port face up. The printed sheets are accumulated on an extensible holder with a flip-out limiter. This holder protrudes from the front panel forward exactly the same distance as the opened input tray does.

There is a depression on the side panel – it is the seat of an interface USB connector. Unlike on the Canon printer, it is not covered with a door, so you can’t roll the cable up and tuck it neatly away.

Like the above-described Epson EPL-6200L, the LaserJet 1020 has only two LED indicators and lacks any control buttons. The all-software management concept is becoming the more popular among the manufacturers of PC peripherals, but it doesn’t seem the best solution to me in some cases.

The cartridge compartment is behind the printer’s top panel. The cartridge is secured inside with spring-loaded latches; it inserts and goes out without much effort on your part. There’s a ribbed handle on the cartridge case for easier extraction.

The printer’s back is almost entirely made of metal. The heater and the transport shafts are located behind it. Alas, there is no quick access to the mechanism, so you will have to dismantle the case if the paper gets stuck inside.

The connector of the integrated power adapter and the Power On button, the single button on the case, are located on the right of the rear panel.

The combined cartridge consists of a container with toner and a photo-drum. The latter is protected from sunlight and your fingers with a spring-loaded shutter. HP’s official policy prohibits using third-party or refilled cartridges. You can use them at your own risk if you are not afraid of voiding the warranty.

 
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