installed the HP on a Pentium 4/2.8GHz Windows XP Professional
machine with 1GB of RAM. The printer has a USB 2.0 and
a bi-directional parallel port. We used the USB 2.0 port.
The HP driver installation could have gone smoother. HP
appears to be guilty of poor driver Quality Assurance testing
because the installer asked us to print a test page that
would not output to the printer. On a hunch, we rebooted
the computer and after arriving back at the desktop the
printer magically output the test page perfectly. From
that point on, the HP worked perfectly. We threw jobs at
the printer varying in size from single page business correspondence
all the way up to 50+ page runs of financial reports and
10-15 page proposals containing dense text, graphics, illustrations,
graphs and photos. The printer handled everything we tried.
We were particularly impressed with the stability of output
too because despite the high average page rate, print quality
was almost identical on first and last pages which is an
indication of good drum/toner reservoir design.
the test period in a busy property management office,
one of our clients asked us to condense a standard services
contract down to one page. So we used the HP driver configuration
dialog to set output to 4 pages per sheet, duplexed.
The 6 page research contract was then printed on a single
sheet of paper showing four contract pages on one side
of the sheet and the last two pages of the contact on
the other side of the sheet. The (approximately) 3 point
text was perfectly legible and readable (with a magnifying
glass), with amazingly crisp curves, lines and serifs
at 1200 dpi. Things suffered a little bit at 600 dpi,
but everything was still readable. It's a paper saver.
driver has some interesting settings which should be
of use for page layout and desktop publishing applications.
The 1200 dpi output setting is available in either 156
or a 180 lpi line screen. Print quality of graphics and
photos was excellent at 1200 dpi/156 line screen, especially
when compared with normal 600 dpi output. The 180 lpi
setting provided even better results on photos and output
speed slowed very slightly. Overall, the HP 1320 produced
cleaner, more detailed graphics and photos than any of
the other printers we looked at except the Lexmark E332n
(which we judged to be just a bit better at reproducing
photos). Producing duplexed output is a simple matter
of changing the output setting in the printer configuration
dialog—three clicks and you're done. Duplexed output
is also very fast.
did the other printers fare? Not bad, all things considered.
The Lexmark E332n had slightly better graphics output
than all the other printers but no duplexing option.
The Brother and Samsung printers are slightly less expensive
but graphics output was noticeably banded. Output quality
from the Xerox was not consistent, producing clean, dark
text one day, lighter and uneven text the next day.
HP LaserJet 1320 is marketed as a home office printer
and the description appears to be accurate. But considering
the load it handled during our real-world use period,
I think it can provide reliable service in a small business
office as well. With a footprint of 14" wide x 10" high
x 15" deep it will easily fit on most printer carts
and on almost any medium size or larger computer desk.
The only drawback to small office use might be the 250
sheet paper capacity. Frankly, we don't know why all
the manufacturers haven't gone to 500 sheet paper trays
(or larger) for all laser printers. In print-heavy small
offices therefore, somebody is going to be refilling
this one fairly often, a task which might get old real
fast when it has to be done every few hours.
printed manual—everything is on CD. After initial
driver installation, the "Print a Test Page?" dialog
popped up but would not work because Windows XP Pro (SP2)
would not properly hook up the driver until after a reboot.
So the HP installer gave incorrect instructions? It did
for us, but we suspect your mileage may vary. The one-page
quick start guide is almost completely useless, with
line drawings that are somewhat inconclusive. The paper
feed for 'Tray' 1 is nothing more than a flip down door
and an open feed without any extendable guides or platen
of any kind, a serious oversight in a $300-$400 desktop
printer. In other words it's most definitely NOT a tray
and it's difficult to hand-feed paper accurately. We
want a 500 sheet main paper tray in all laser printers—ALL
of them—and at least a proper paper feed for the
secondary tray. This 250 sheet nonsense sucks bigtime.
16MB of RAM supplied but upgrades are proprietary 100
pin DIMMs priced noticeably higher than standard DIMMs.
featured drivers for Windows, Mac
OS X and Linux.
At 4-6 seconds, among the fastest startup/first page print
times we've seen in a desktop laser printer. Consistent 19
page per minute text output. Installation and output on our
G5 iMac was flawless. Installation and output on our Xandros
Linux workstation was also flawless using the hpijs drivers
downloaded from the HP support site. Excellent graphics output
with no banding, smooth gradients and very clean curves and
corners. Superb text output that is crisp down to 3 point
type. Paper input and output areas are protected by the internal
tray (input) and upper bodywork (output), ensuring that dust
and other detritus does not enter the paper path. Access
for cleaning and RAM upgrades is very easy. Good printer.
Good value. Highly recommended.