HP Deskjet 1000 Inkjet Printer Review
The HP Deskjet 1000 costs just $30, which gets you a printer that is adequate for basic tasks, but not much more.
Photo Print Speed
The Deskjet 1000 is not a fast printer: printing in the Best mode onto photo paper, we found that it took 58.4 seconds to produce a 4 by 6 print, and 3 minutes, 21 seconds to produce a 10 by 8. The printer does not support borderless printing, so there is always a white border around images, with the maximum print size for 4 by 6 paper being 3.74 by 5.33 inches and 8.55 by 9.3 inches for a 10 by 8. This means that there is always a white border around your prints, and this border is bigger at the bottom of the print. On a 10 by 8 print, this bottom border measures a significant.4 inches, turning your 10 by 8 print into a 9.4 by 7.6 inch one.
If you are determined to squeeze out every last drop of quality, the printer does offer a higher quality mode: the Maximum DPI mode slows the printing to provide for more detail in images. But be prepared to wait: it is also very, very slow, taking an average of 3 minutes and 25 seconds to produce a 4 by 6 photo print. For more on how we test print speeds, see this page.
Document Print Speed
The Deskjet 1000 is no speed demon when it comes to printing on plain paper: at the Best quality setting, we found that it took an average of 52.2 seconds to print a page of our test document, which works out at 1.14 pages per minute. That is pretty much in-line with the other cheap inkjets we have looked at, as the table below shows. If you are in a hurry, the Deskjet 1000 also offers faster modes: we clocked the Normal print mode at 2.42 pages a minute and the appropriately named Fast Draft mode at 5.56 pages a minute, all printing onto plain paper. However, the quality of the print does suffer: both the normal and rough draft modes produced significant banding in areas of color.
The Deskjet 1000 is a simple printer, and it doesn't seem to need to spend much time starting up. We found that it was ready to print just a couple of seconds after pressing the power button, and it didn't spend a lot of time while printing doing anything other than printing the document (such as cleaning print heads, repositioning, etc).
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