The HP LaserJet 4100 Printer is one of Hewlett Packard’s simple to operate line of monochrome laser type of printers. Incorporated connectivity options allow for easy hooking up to a LAN no matter what networking operating system is employed. Additionally, enough upgradeable features are present for meeting the output requirements of a busy work environment.
It has within it a 250MHz reduced instruction set computer, or RISC, microprocessor. With a simple single-chip design, it allows for faster processing. That’s the secret behind this laser’s printing speed of 25 monochrome pages every minute. What’s more, the first printout is done in as short as 12 seconds. Because of this, you’re through with your printing task while other rival models are just beginning to get warmed up.
There’s a printing resolution of 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi that ensures clear and sharp prints are produced each time. Such high resolution is essential for high-quality printouts that contain text and graphics. The Resolution Enhancement technology, or REt, also is a role player, especially in rendering images. Hardcopies of grayscale images can have photo-realistic qualities to them. REt can be easily turned on or off, depending on what your task requires.
Two input trays are fitted onto the body of the 4100, capable of working on a maximum of 600 sheets. Tray 1, or the multipurpose tray, can hold up to 100 sheets with recommended weight of 16-53 lb. Tray 2 can support as much as 500 sheets with recommended weight of 16-28 lb only. But this 600-sheet input media capacity can be expanded to a 1600-sheet capacity if you so desire. This is achieved with the simple attachment of optional trays.
Compatible media formats include bond, regular, glossy, recycled, rough, envelopes and cards. It’s also possible to feed the unit with labels and transparencies specifically designed for use with a laser type of printer. Compatible media dimensions are extensive, including custom, letter, legal and executive. For two-sided printing requirements, an auto-duplexer sold separately may be purchased and installed onto the unit.
To ensure flexibility, included printer languages are PostScript level 3, PCL 6 and PCL 5E. There are 30 HP FontSmart and 110 TrueType font faces available, as well as those incorporated into the printer languages used. The 16MB built-in memory can be upgraded to as high as 256MB memory because of the SDRAM DIMM slots found on the printer. Devices such as a 5GB external hard drive can be hooked up to a couple of open EIO slots.
Allowing easy connection to a computer or LAN device is the bi-directional IEEE 1248 parallel port. There are numerous optional networking ports which can also be connected to this superior piece of office equipment. They include Jetdirect, LocalTalk and TokenRing for compatibility with a variety of operation systems. To maintain printer performance and efficient use of supplies, Hewlett Packard has set the monthly volume output to 150,000 sheets.