HP LaserJet 2420-DN Network Laser Printer Review
A good quality laser printer
is still an essential for any office where printing is required. Today's
inkjet printers can easily match laser printers in terms of text
quality, crispness, and even speed, but no inkjet can compare to even a
low-end laser printer in that most important of benchmarks, price. Laser
printers have considerably lower CPP (Cost Per Page) values due to their large
reservoirs of toner and more efficient printing process.
Here at PCstats, we consider
business computing equipment to be as important as the latest 'enthusiast'
computer gear when it comes to reviews. We work in an office ourselves,
and we know how difficult it can be to find reliable unbiased
information in the less-than-sexy area of reliable business
equipment. We've taken a look at several laser printers over the last few
months, and today we're pleased to have another one in-house.
The Hewlett-Packard Laserjet
2420dn model that we're looking at is a networked monochrome laser printer with
a 1200x1200 maximum resolution, 64MB of onboard memory (expandable to 320MB),
350 sheet paper capacity, a built-in HP JetDirect Ethernet print server,
automatic duplex printing and a price tag of about CAN$1049 (US$899).
||HP LaserJet 2420DN Networked Laser Printer
Users Manual, quick-start guide, starter toner, software,
*No USB, network, or printer cables
Further Technical Details:
- 30ppm black / 8.5ppm
- Cold start time less than 10 seconds
onboard memory, 320MB maximum
Automatic duplex printing
Weight: 36 lbs
- Dimensions: 16.7" x 15.7" x 10.2"
- Power consumption: 625 watts printing, 11 watts
Font support: HP PCL 6, PCL 5e, PS3 emulation,
direct PDF printing v 1.3 (with at least 128 MB of printer
- Connectivity: USB 2.0, IEEE 1284-B parallel, 10/100
Base TX Ethernet HP Jetdirect embedded print server, EIO
- Operating systems: Win9X, NT4.0, Me, 2000,
- Paper: 250 sheet cassette paper tray for
letter to legal size, 100 sheet multi-purpose feeder for
A4/letter/legal/envelope. 350 sheet total capacity (optional 500 sheet
tray). Works with transparencies, bond, recycled, labels, envelopes, cardstock,
- Starter cartridges rated for 6000 sheets at 5% coverage for
- Hi-yield cartridges rated for
12000 sheets at 5% coverage
For a non-home office,
a networked laser printer should be considered a requirement. While technically
any printer can be networked by installing it on a networked system and sharing it, the actual process of doing this can be
cumbersome and inefficient for more than a few PCs.
For one thing, having a PC between the printer and the
rest of the network adds an extra layer of complexity and potential
another thing, unless you have a fast PC which you can afford to use as a
dedicated print server, whoever uses the PC attached to the
printer is going to be constantly interrupted with printer issues as well as
suffering slower performance from the overhead that print serving imposes.
It is far better to pay the small premium and get a
printer with networking properties. These devices have a built in network
adaptor, allowing computers on your network to communicate directly with the
printer and making printer sharing unnecessary. Printers like the HP 2420DN take
that one step further by incorporating a full networked print server.