Easy-to-set-up LaserJet 2100TN printer is worth short wait

Easy-to-set-up LaserJet 2100TN printer is worth short wait

LaserJet 2100TN

HP's product gives good quality output to managerial types, despite slowness with large documents

By Michael Cheek

GCN Staff

Most offices have a few network laser printers scattered around for common use. A few managerial types get their own printers for confidential output or convenience.

The Hewlett-Packard Co. LaserJet 2100TN is just right for this particular executive privilege. It also serves as a small workgroup printer.

The 2100TN's output looks good as or even better than that of the high-end HP Mopier 320 [GCN, Feb. 22, Page 25], probably because the 2100TN produces true 1,200-dot-per-inch resolution. The Mopier's 600-dpi engine achieves a 1,200-dpi look through software enhancements.

I never waited long for documents from the 2100TN, whose 10-page-per-minute engine cranked out pages at almost the advertised rate.

I waited only 20 seconds to see the first page of a 180-page document. From mouse click to last-page clunk, the 180 pages took an hour. But the 2100TN paused several times during the large job, probably because its 8M memory buffer overloaded.

Small, five-page jobs finished in 45 seconds or less, not much slower than a 32-ppm Mopier.

Without an LED readout panel, I found it a little hard to figure out what the flashing red or green lights meant.

Green usually meant printing was under way, and red meant out of paper. I had no big problems except that one paper drawer was too large, so the printer would not print from it. I had no paper jams.

The 2100TN has a 10/100-Mbps HP JetDirect card, tucked behind a panel on one side along with the parallel port. No extra space is needed at the back for plugs or cables.

The panel gives a finished look for the executive suite, and the printer's small 16- by 17-inch footprint fits the corner of a desk nicely.

I had no problem getting the little printer on the network using JetDirect Admin. JetDirect lets you monitor the 2100TN remotely without having to enter the executive suite or disturb a workgroup.

The 2100TN's front infrared port permits printing from a handheld or notebook computer. Wireless printing from a palmtop running Microsoft Windows CE went without a hitch.

Several government contracts list the LaserJet 2100 family in these price configurations:

  • LaserJet 2100TN: $908 to $922 including PostScript Level 2 emulation, 8M of memory, JetDirect card, two 250-page drawers and a 100-page manual input tray for total 600-page capacity.
  • LaserJet 2100M: $730 to $741 including PostScript Level 2 emulation, 8M of memory, one 250-page drawer and a 100-page manual input tray for total 350-page capacity.
  • LaserJet 2100xi: $644 to $650 including 4M of memory, one 250-page drawer and a 100-page manual input tray for total 350-page capacity.


Box Score A

LaserJet 2100TN

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.;

tel. 703-204-2100

www.hp.com

Price: $908 to $922 on several government contracts

Pros and cons:

+ Good-quality output

+ Very easy to set up

' Slow on large documents

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