HP 1600 color LJ - favorite printer for years, now needs ?? repair.
K. Irwin Keating, Ph.D. "Kathleen Irwin Keating", Amazon
8 January 2015
Summary: ? Review request seems out dated? This printer is an "old friend" had it for years - no probs. in that interim we have tossed out five or six cheap printers. Sadly, now it is printing ghost images via its black cartridge (2 cartridges in a row) and I have no idea how to get it repaired. Were it any other printer, I would just toss it. Anyone know how to correct this? I would appreciate the info.
Summary: I bought to replace an HP 2600 that I had over used for 9 years. HP 2600 hard to find used because they were so dependable. I found the lesser model HP 1600. Basically the same printer, paper feed does not work as well for smaller sizes paper / post cards. The positive is that it used the same toners as the HP 2600. This was the number reason I purchase the printer, I can get a set 4 cartridge for under $70 from Amazon compared to $400 new.
Summary: The printer works fine, but it came without the plastic extension piece that fits onto the back of the printer output area & holds the paper being outputted from falling on the floor (or table if the printer is sitting on the table). Bottom line, the printer (& all parts) was not shipped complete.
Summary: i did research before buying this printer on the cost of printing versus the cost of ink toner refills, and this printer was more economoical than the Brother color laser that was similar. now i wish i had bought the Brother printer, my cyan toner ran out. so i ordered a replacement. it came and i put it in the printer and flashing light kept telling me to order more toner. so i then went and took back the toner and came home with another.
Summary: No more Ink cartridges going bad early. No more streaked printouts. No more waiting 1+ minutes for a page to get printed out. No more poor colors...I have always wanted a color laser since the days when they were more than $2,000. Imagine getting one for less than $40...It has performed perfectly and I couldn't be happier.
Summary: For the price, it should be better than bearable. HP seems to be riding on name recognition at this point. I've had the 1600 for 3 years and had no major breaks and can live with the toner cost due to our low volume. However, the negatives are outweighing the positives: CON: 1) Red is under printing. We do mostly documents & presentations (school & personal), so we don't notice until we try to do a photo. We revert to gray scale because of the greenish skin tones.