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HP Takes the Plunge with LaserJet Printer for $249

Who says color ink-jets will make monochrome laser printers obsolete? Not small offices and workgroups, who continue to churn out mostly text documents. Not Samsung and Lexmark, who've found success with under-$250 black-and-white bargains. And not Hewlett-Packard, who's joining the fray with the new LaserJet 1000, a personal laser priced at $249.

Available October 1, 2001, the littlest LaserJet boasts 10 pages per minute of printing speed, made even prompter by HP's "instant-on" fuser for 15-second first-page delivery and low power consumption. It combines 600 dpi resolution with HP's Resolution Enhancement technology for "effective 1,200 dpi output," the company claims, and a small desktop footprint with an internal 250-sheet input tray.

A 2,500-sheet toner cartridge keeps the LaserJet 1000 humming, while a 7,000-page monthly duty cycle keeps a busy office satisfied. Hewlett-Packard says the printer's cost per page is a low 2.5 cents.

When not toiling with his TRS-80, Eric Grevstad serves as managing editor of sister site, HardwareCentral.