HP LaserJet 2300L

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Description: The HP LaserJet 2300L is an inexpensive, high quality, monochrome, small business laser printer.


Price: $549

Phone: 800-888-0262

Online: www.hp.com

HP LaserJet 2300L

Hewlett-Packard Co. has produced another winning printer. Now, I must admit that I have an HP bias. HP printers are what I worked with in the Senate, use at home and recommend when people ask me what printer to buy. The LaserJet 2300L lives up to my expectations.

HP bills the 2300 series as business and small-workgroup black-and-white laser printers. There are six models: 2300, 2300n, 2300d, 2300dn, 2300dtn and 2300L. I tested the budget 2300L.

The box says the 2300L prints 20 pages per minute and has 32M of RAM, expandable to 288M, and a processor speed of 266 MHz. The recommended monthly volume is a respectable 30,000 pages. It comes standard with two, 350-sheet paper trays. The first thing that strikes you about the printer is its size. Its footprint is 16.2 by 17.7 inches'small for a printer of this capacity and perfect for an office with limited real estate.

Installation was a breeze, as I expected. The HP can connect via either a USB or parallel port.
I found the print quality excellent across multiple programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel, Corel WordPerfect and Adobe Photoshop. Text and graphics came out clean and crisp.

For the test, I mostly printed in the standard mode of 1,200 by 1,200 dpi resolution. I normally print in draft mode to save toner, so I tried that too. Though light, the draft pages were acceptable.

The only real complaint I had with the printer was noise. It is not a quiet printer, which is pretty consistent with my experience with HP printers. When I was working for the government, small offices with huge printers made for an almost deafening environment.

The best reason to look at this printer, though, is value. The L, the most economical model, retails for $549. The standard model runs $100 more but gives you a slightly higher printing speed, 25 ppm, and is more robust, with a maximum monthly volume of 50,000 pages. Most other workgroup printers of this caliber cost nearly twice as much.

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