HP LaserJet 1300 review: HP LaserJet 1300 (2023)

Review summary
The $399 Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 1300 has some big shoes to fill, replacing one of our favorite personal monochrome lasers, the LaserJet 1200. The LaserJet 1300 keeps the same look and feel, right down to its sloped-front design and front-loading paper tray. It also offers a number of options unavailable in the earlier model, such as wireless networkability and more memory. But somehow, the excellent print quality of the LaserJet 1200 got lost along the way--along with a lot of our enthusiasm for this otherwise promising personal laser printer.

Setting up and installing the LaserJet 1300 is simple. The printer's box includes nearly everything you need: a toner cartridge, a power cord, a printed setup guide, and an installation CD. Unfortunately, like most vendors these days, HP does not include a USB or parallel-port cable. The printed guide offers step-by-step instructions, with easy-to-follow illustrations. The CD includes an expanded user guide that covers most installation problems. It also offers complete descriptions of LaserJet 1300's improvements over the LaserJet 1200 and of many extracost options.


HP LaserJet 1300

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The Good

Prints fast; nice expansion options; compatible with many operating systems.

The Bad

Poor graphics print quality; mediocre text-print quality; no USB or parallel cable.

The Bottom Line

The LaserJet 1300 offers fast prints and a lot of expansion options for a home office or a small business. Unfortunately, its print quality fails to measure up to the rest of its attributes.

The design of the printer itself is straightforward. Weighing 19 pounds, the LaserJet 1300 is on the heavy side, though its dimensions of 16.3 inches wide by 19.1 inches deep and 9.5 inches high are about right for those of a personal laser printer. Most of the LaserJet 1300's basic maintenance functions are easy to do. It's easy to install the toner cartridge and the paper tray, as both are located in front. The toner cartridge fits behind a removable panel above the opening where the main paper tray sits.

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The toner cartridge and the paper tray are both easy to install from the front.

The standard paper handling is sufficient but a little hard to use. In addition to the main paper input tray, you get a manual-feed tray that's located on top of the main paper tray. However, removing the main paper tray with a little too much force can dislodge the manual-feed tray.

One common and annoying feature of lower-priced laser printers is the array of usually apocryphal status lights that try to tell you what the printer is doing. Unfortunately, the LaserJet 1300 shares this shortcoming. You'll need to refer to the electronic manual to decipher the signals; there are no markings on the printer itself that explain the status.

The LaserJet 1300 is compatible with most major operating systems. HP provides drivers for Windows 95 and later, Mac OS X and later, Novell NetWare, Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, HP-UX, Solaris, IBM AIX and MPE-iX. CNET Labs tested the LaserJet 1300 with Windows XP Professional.

There are a number of excellent SOHO features in the LaserJet 1300, such as a 133MHz Motorola Coldfire processor chip and 16MB of built-in RAM, expandable to 80MB. This amount of horsepower should readily handle the mostly small-scale print jobs of SOHO users. The printer wakes up quickly, and in our informal tests, the first finished page appeared in less than 10 seconds. The LaserJet 1300 printer includes an expansion slot for an Ethernet print server (the LaserJet 1300N model comes with the $199 adapter). You can also add an HP JetDirect network adapter for fast Ethernet capabilities (JetDirect 175x 10/100 Base-TX is $159, and the JetDirect 310x is $249) or 802.11b capabilities (JetDirect 802.11b is $199, while the JetDirect 380x 802.11b is $239).

HP includes print-driver language options. The standard is HP PCL 6, but you also have the option of installing HP PCL 5e and PostScript level 2 emulation.

The LaserJet 1300's paper handling matches the needs of SOHO users well. The main input tray can hold up to 260 sheets of letter, legal, and other standard sizes of business paper, and the manual-feed tray can hold 10 sheets, as well as envelopes, card stock, labels, and transparencies. An optional 250-sheet paper tray on the bottom increases the maximum input capacity to 510 sheets of paper. The output tray, which is in back, holds up to 125 sheets.

The LaserJet 1300 offers some nice printing features through its Properties dialog box. You can manually print duplex (both sides of a sheet) if you want to. You can also add customizable watermarks to documents, print multiple pages on a single sheet (N-up printing), and design booklets. There's also an EconoMode setting for printing with a reduced amount of toner; the documents are still very legible. The LaserJet 1300's default resolution of 600x600 dots per inch (dpi) can be increased to 1,200x1,200dpi.

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If you want fast printing, you got it. In CNET Labs' tests, the LaserJet 1300 pumped out 16.2 pages of text per minute (ppm). Not only is this printer faster than any of the competition, it also made HP's claim of a 20ppm top speed seem nearly credible; most printers, including others from HP, don't come anywhere near their top speed claim. When printing graphics, the LaserJet 1300 produced an equally laudable 11.37ppm at its default resolution of 600x600dpi--plenty fast for your personal or workgroup-setting printing needs and a midrange speed compared to the competition's.

Unfortunately, the LaserJet 1300's fast-moving prints do not look as good as they should, especially when compared alongside prints from comparable personal laser printers on the market today. The text output of the LaserJet 1300 lacked the definition and clarity you'd expect from a laser printer. Letters looked faint, and smaller fonts were not fully formed, with bumps in the text and the serifs; graphics prints suffered even more from the faint output. And the grayscale images were inconsistent, although banding was quite clear in all. Diagonal lines were choppy, as they were in the text tests.

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The LaserJet 1300 comes with a typical (and, sadly, short) one-year, limited parts-and-labor warranty. Telephone tech support is available toll-free from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. When we called, the hold time was minimal (less than two minutes), and the technician was knowledgeable and helpful.

HP's Web site offers plenty of support information for resourceful users, including driver and manual downloads, discussion groups, FAQs, and e-mail support from HP technicians. You can also find information on how to recycle used toner cartridges--a landfill-saving benefit in which HP has been an industry leader.

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Design 7Features 8Performance 6Support 8

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How old is HP LaserJet 1300? ›

Package Dimensions‎20.87 x 18.66 x 10.63 inches
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer‎No
Date First AvailableNovember 1, 2012
Max Input Sheet Capacity‎260
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How fast is HP LaserJet 1300? ›

The HP LaserJet 1300 is a high performance laser monochrome printer with a printing speed of up to 20 ppm, which improves your productivity and performance.

Why does my HP LaserJet 1200 not print multiple copies? ›

It is caused by an HP printer option called Mopier Mode being enabled by default. This mode causes only 1 copy to be sent to the printer which should then use its internal memory to print the multiple copies. If there is no suitable internal memory only the 1 sent copy gets printed.

How do I print the configuration page on my HP 1300 printer? ›

To print a configuration page from the LaserJet 1300, press the button on the front left side of the printer for about five seconds or so, then release it. The light will start blinking and then the configuration page will print out.

What is the lifespan of a HP printer? ›

The average lifespan of a printer is around 3-5 years. With proper upkeep and maintenance, some printers can last longer, but eventually your machine will need an upgrade.

How long should an HP LaserJet printer last? ›

As print quality goes down over time, this will be a reason to replace the color printer. We find a black and white printer can sometimes last 10 years or more and most color laser printers are replaced every 3 to 5 years.

Is Laserjet faster than inkjet? ›

Laser printers can print much faster than inkjet printers can. Most are equipped with high-capacity paper trays, so they can print more pages at a given time. They're also built to handle the printing of thousands of pages per month without succumbing to wear-and-tear.

Why is my HP Laserjet so slow? ›

Check Ink or Toner Cartridges & Paper Tray

Issues in your printer's ink or toner cartridges as well as an empty paper tray can cause your printer to delay your prints. Make sure that your cartridges are not running out of ink and the paper tray is not empty.

How many pages can HP Laserjet print? ›

Toner cartridges yield ranges between 2,500 to 4,000 pages before needing to seek a replacement cartridge. As for ink cartridges, users can expect to print just 200 or so pages before needing a replacement cartridge.

How many pages can a laser printer print before changing the cartridge? ›

A typical ink cartridge will yield 250 to 300 pages depending on the color density of the prints. The yield of a typical toner cartridge in a laser printer is between 2,500 and 3,000 pages. Some larger laser printers can even have toners that will yield up to 30,000 pages!

Will my HP printer print with one cartridge? ›

You can continue to print with one or more empty cartridges, but HP recommends replacing them as soon as possible to avoid printhead damage.

Why does my HP printer always print 2 copies? ›

On your PC search control panel, open control panel, Select printer properties, Select the "number of copies" it must be set to 2 change it to 1 and check if it helps. If the issue still persists uninstall the printer software from your PC and install the latest printer drivers.

How do I get my HP printer to print pages in order? ›

  1. Press the menu button in the top-right corner of the window and press the Print button.
  2. In the General tab of the Print window under Copies, check Reverse. The last page will be printed first, and so on.

Why is my HP printer not printing the whole page? ›

Make sure that your page settings are set to print all pages and to print every page. Settings that cause some pages not to print are 'manual duplexing', 'print every other page', 'print odd pages', 'print on both sides', or similar settings.

How do I get my HP printer to print full page? ›

Scale to fit paper size using the printer settings
  1. From the Office app, select the Print option.
  2. Select the printer, and then click Properties, Printer Properties, or Preferences. ...
  3. Click the Effects tab. ...
  4. Select the Print document on option, and then select a size from the drop-down list.

Is it better to leave your HP printer on all the time? ›

To keep your printer lasting longer, we recommend leaving your printer on. If it is off for a long period of time or if you turn it on and off again regularly, the printhead inside the printer will dry out faster. When you leave it on, you may hear the printer start up every once in a while and begin to calibrate.

Should you leave your HP printer on all the time? ›

For healthier print heads and more efficient ink consumption, however, it's better to leave your printer on. Constantly switching your printer off and on will decrease your printer's lifespan, so try to keep the off/on to a minimum.

What are the disadvantages of HP printers? ›

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In fact, in comparison to Epson and Canon, HP printers have the most expensive ink per page. This will eventually reduce the initial savings from the lowered price of purchase over time. Furthermore, while several HP printers maintain a high quality of printing, it lacks the same image printing.

Is it bad to leave a laser printer on all the time? ›

If you keep the printer turn on for long periods of time, it will not have much of an effect on the printer's components. It does not cause the printer to malfunction. If you want to reduce your electricity consumption, you can avoid keeping your laser printer on all the time.

Why are HP Laserjet cartridges so expensive? ›

There are likely two reasons for this: Printer companies price their devices very competitively, in order to entice customers into buying their products. This leads to a nearly microscopic markup, if any, on most printers. And those devices still require investment, time, engineering and resources in order to produce.

Which lasts longer inkjet or laser printer? ›

But if you'll be printing a small volume of documents and require high resolution colored images regularly, inkjet printers will get the job done. Laser printers are known to be more durable and can print large quantities of monochrome and colored documents frequently.

What are two disadvantages of laser printers? ›

  • Although laser printers work faster, they take time to warm up.
  • Although toner is cheaper in the long run, upfront costs for laser printing are more.
  • Toner leaks are a nightmare.
  • Laser printers can't handle a variety of paper or printing materials like inkjets.
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Is it worth getting a laser printer for home use? ›

They may be more economical to run in the long term.

Some inkjets have a lower cost per page than home laser printers, but they also waste more ink on cleaning. Laser printers don't waste toner in the same way, and because they don't gunk up like inkjets, they may last longer before needing to be replaced.

Which kind of printer is best for home use? ›

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Brother MFC-J1205W/MFC-J1215W2021White SEE PRICE White SEARCH White SEARCH
Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR47222021Black SEE PRICE Black SEARCH White SEE PRICE
Epson WorkForce WF-29302022Black SEE PRICE
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How long does HP Laserjet toner last? ›

How long does HP toner last? HP toner cartridges can last up to two years in their sealed packaging. Even after two years you may still get some use out of the cartridge, so it may be worth trying even after the fact. Your printer will display a “low cartridge” message when a specific cartridge needs to be replaced.

Why does my HP Laserjet printer keep jamming paper? ›

Dust, paper fiber, and other debris might accumulate on the paper feed rollers and cause paper jams and paper feed issues. Clean the rollers inside the printer, and then try to print again.

Why does my HP printer take forever to print? ›

Selecting certain paper types or printing in higher quality can slow print speeds. Print with plain paper in reduced quality for faster print speeds. Search Windows for printers , and then click Printers & Scanners in the list of results. Click your printer, and then click Manage > Printing preferences.

How often do you have to replace toner in laser printers? ›

The standard cartridge is your run-of-the-mill cost savings cartridge. It typically gives you about 10,000–12,000 pages. For a home user that doesn't print constantly, this is a great option.

How long does printer ink last before it dries up? ›

Ink cartridges can last about two years if they're properly packed and stored. After two years, you may still be able to use them. But, they can begin drying out and cause some potential issues if you use them on printers, such as getting a dried printhead. An opened ink cartridge can only live for about six months.

Is ink or toner more expensive? ›

Inkjet printers typically run at a lower price point than laser printers, and printer ink is cheaper than toner. However, laser printers and toner have a longer lifespan despite their high cost. Meaning laser toner cartridges have a lower cost per printed page than printer ink.

Do laser printers dry out? ›

Laser printers use toner which will not dry out the same way an ink cartridge does. Unlike ink, which is liquid-based, toner is a dry powder composed of plastic components so it will not dry out. You can leave a toner cartridge in your printer for weeks untouched and it should still print.

How many pages can be printed with one cartridge of HP Laserjet? ›

Printing on 5% = 480 pages (the official page yield). Printing on 10% = 240 pages. Printing on 20% = 120 pages. Printing on 40% = 60 pages.

Is laser ink cheaper? ›

Takeaway: Laser printers offer cheaper prints per page, but toner is more expensive upfront. Toner is also the better choice for long-term use, since it stores better than liquid-filled ink cartridges.

Can I print only in black if a color ink cartridge is empty? ›

When color ink is expended and black ink still remains, you can continue printing for a short time using only black ink. However, you should replace the expended ink cartridge(s) as soon as possible.

Does the HP printer need both color and black ink to print? ›

The answer is yes, your printer uses a bit of all colors (black, cyan, magenta, yellow) every time it prints. According to HP Support, “[our] printers are designed in such a way that it also uses color inks while printing in black to form a perfect black.

Can I use 2 black cartridges in a HP printer? ›

1-6 of 6 Answers. Unfortunately, no HP printer supports two black ink cartridges. All HP Printers have specific slots for the different cartridges. The HP Printer you use may support printing in black only, Printing when one cartridge is depleted or single cartridge mode.

Why is my HP printer prints blank page after every document? ›

There are numerous possible causes for a printer that's randomly producing blanks. The most common ones are empty ink cartridges, improper cartridge installation, and congested nozzles. Driver and software issues can sometimes cause this problem as well.

Why does my printer keep printing the same paper? ›

Usually this issue occurs if there is any file missing or corrupted in the Printer drivers/print spooler.

Can I see how many pages my HP printer has printed? ›

Click the General tab, and then click Printing Preferences. Click the Basics tab, and then click About. Locate the page count at the bottom of the About This Driver screen. Please help us improve by providing feedback on your experience with the document.

Do Printers print the whole page? ›

Start by choosing "File" and then "Print," and clicking the "Position and Size" settings. Usually, the default option is "Scale to Fit Media," which prints to the page margins. Deselect it, then manually enter scale, height and width values that equal the full size of your paper. Click "Print" to print your image.

Does a printer print top or bottom of page first? ›

Most of the printers print from the bottom to the top. However, if you have a paper that has already been printed on the front side and you wish to print on the backside of the paper, then you have to place the printed side on the top. So the page is reversed and by default settings of major printers are bottom to top.

Why is my printer not printing properly but the ink is full? ›

If your PC or the LCD screen on your printer is telling you that your ink cartridges are full but no ink is passing through to the paper, then it's most likely that you are dealing with a clogged printhead. Blurry documents and images that appear faded are also signs that it's time to remove the excess ink.

Why is my printer only printing left half of the page? ›

Partial prints are a common issue with printers and there are several main reasons it can occur: Problem with the print spooler (on Windows PCs) Overload of the GPU on later model Macs. Dodgy USB cord.

Why is printer not printing everything? ›

1: Check Printer Power, Cables, and Paper

Check that the correct paper is properly loaded into the printer and is not jammed. Replacing damaged cables, plugging in loose or disconnected cables, and fixing paper jams as necessary may resolve the issue.

How do I reduce ink usage on my HP printer? ›

10 Tips to Save on Ink When Printing (Without Sacrificing Quality)
  1. Know your printer. Do you know how many pages a single cartridge will last in your printer? ...
  2. Buy in bulk. ...
  3. Go “Instant” ...
  4. Optimize output. ...
  5. Choose grayscale. ...
  6. Pick the right font. ...
  7. Opt for single color cartridges. ...
  8. Print with care.
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When did HP LaserJet come out? ›

HP had worked with Canon on laser printer technology as far back as the 1970s. This background, coupled with HP's knowledge of inkjet technology, led to the introduction of the first LaserJet in March 1984. The new personal laser printer fit on a desktop and produced fast, letter-quality output with virtually no noise.

When did HP LaserJet 1000 series come out? ›

In September 2001 HP entered the low-end laser printer market with the introduction of the LaserJet 1000: the first sub-$250 LaserJet and the lowest-priced monochrome (black and white) HP LaserJet printer to date.

When did LaserJet printers come out? ›

Specifically, Gary Starkweather invented the laser printer in 1969 at the Xerox research lab in Webster, New York. Soon after, he transferred to Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and developed a prototype for the Xerox 9700: our company's first laser printer, which came to market in 1978.

When did laser jet printers come out? ›

The first commercial laser printer was released by IBM in 1976. Designed for data centres, the IBM 3800 replaced line printers and was capable of a high volume of printing – offering speeds of 215ppm.

Which HP printers have been discontinued? ›

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HP LaserJet 3310, 3320 All-In-OneHP Color LaserJet 4600, 4650
HP LaserJet 3330, 3380, 3390 All-In-OneHP Color LaserJet 8500, 8550
HP LaserJet 4, 4+HP Color LaserJet 8550 MFP
HP LaserJet 4000HP Color LaserJet 9500, 9550
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Why is HP discontinuing? ›

HP stated that its decision to discontinue the series was based on ongoing advancements made in overall performance, quality, and reduced total cost of ownership within its LaserJet lineup.

Which is the latest LaserJet printer? ›

  • Brother HL-L2321D Single Function Laser Printer. ...
  • HP LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw All-in-One Laser Printer. ...
  • HP M1005(CB376A) Multi Function Laser Printer. ...
  • HP Pro MFP M126nw(CZ175A) Multi Function Laser Printer. ...
  • Canon ImageClass LBP6230dn Multi Function Laser Printer. ...
  • HP LaserJet Pro M454dw Single Function Laser Printer.

What is the price of new HP LaserJet cartridge? ›

HP Cartridges Price list in India (June 2023)
Cartridges NAMEPRICE
HP 16A Original LaserJet Toner Cartridge, BlackRs.9,000
HP InkJet C8766ZZ 855 Print Cartridge (Tri-Color)Rs.2,444
HP InkJet C8727AA Print Cartridge (Black)Rs.6,191
Epson Yellow Ink Pack of 3Rs.594
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What is the meaning of LaserJet? ›

What Does LaserJet Mean? LaserJet is a name given to a first-of-its-kind desktop printer manufactured by Hewlett Packard (HP) in the mid-1980s. The LaserJet quickly became popular due to its size, low maintenance and ability to reduce noise, which was a major issue before LaserJet's inception.

Are laser printers going away? ›

Epson in an announcement said it will transition fully to inkjet printers and end global sales and distribution of laser printers by 2026.

Why is LaserJet expensive? ›

In the same way that inkjet and laser printers widely differ in price, cartridge prices for a laser and inkjet printer also widely differ — and for good reason. Laser printer cartridges, also known as toner cartridges, can print significantly more pages than any inkjet cartridge so they are generally more expensive.

Why are LaserJet printers expensive? ›

More Expensive Short-Term Cost

Because of their capacity for a higher volume and their ability to print at faster speeds, laser printers can be significantly more expensive upfront than inkjet printers will be.

Which is better laser or jet printer? ›

If you want to print a lot of text, a laser printer might be better. If you want clear, high-quality images, go with an inkjet. Overall, you should consider your space and money constraints, as well as other aspects like noise, whether you'll want to use photo paper, and how much time it takes to print a job.

What is the oldest printer brand? ›

The first electronic printer was the EP-101, created by Japanese company Epson in 1968. It was a tiny printer, only 164 millimetres in width, 102 millimetres in height and 135 millimetres in depth and weighing just 2.5 kilograms. The printer was created by Epson (Shinshu Seiki Co.)

Why are laser printers out of stock everywhere? ›

The pandemic disrupted the global supply chain for many industries – including printer manufacturing.


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