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.
Depth of Blacks
We found that the Deskjet 1000 was capable of producing deep, dark blacks: we measured the dMax (a measure of the density of the blacks) at 2.56, which is very good for a low-cost printer like this. Having deeper blacks means that photos have more impact: For more details on how we test the depth of blacks in prints, see here.
In this section of the review, we look at how well a printer reproduces fine details in prints. We found that the Deskjet 1000 did a decent job here, but there were a few problems, with the printer having some issues reproducing fine details and subtle color changes. Our first test challenges the printer to reproduce a series of color gradients, to see how well it can reproduce subtle color changes.
Next, we test the printer by printing out several images that include subtle details: an etching (of Alice In Wonderland, by John Tenniel), a slanted edge and two small photos. To see the original 6400dpi scan, click on any of the images.
Sample Scan Comparisons
The Deskjet 1000 did a decent job here: the fine details of the Alice etching are well reproduced, and the details of the two faces in the photos are clear. But the slanted edge has a distinct stair-step pattern, and the edge is somewhat soft. Although the details of the faces are clear, the dot pattern of the printer is somewhat pronounced, and the shadow details (such as the dogs brow) are somewhat lost in the black. The same thing is evident in the Alice print: the fringes of her hair and the hatches on her arm are lost to the black. The Deskjet 1000 can produce a good, deep black, but this seems to be at the cost of the loss of some shadow detail.
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