Cheapest to run, most reliable laser printer of all time ******
3 April 2012
Summary: I can't really imagine why this printer doesn't have 5 stars across the board. I've used and installed dozens of these over the past two decades. They are UNBELIEVABLY reliable. They are super easy to repair (I'm a real klutz at this stuff and I can do it). The parts are plentiful and cheap. AND--AS THE SUPER BONUS--they are THE CHEAPEST PRINT SOURCE YOU WILL FIND IN THE WESTERN WORLD. I can buy refilled toner cartridges all day long on ebay for $20.
Summary: HP set the standard for laser printing. The first true workhorse in the family was the LaserJet II, a 300-dpi printer that wouldn't quit and was relatively easy to get into and repair. In addition, it became so popular that almost every piece of software that offered printing could print to this machine. The LJ III was similar, but the real workhorse became the LJ4, a 600-dpi printer that is remarkable for its age.
Summary: I bought my LaserJet 4 about 15 years ago, when they were selling new for $1200.00, at an business auction for $750.00. That was an excellent price for it back then, and when I look at it now, I still think of how "I've gotten my money's worth" out of it. This is an excellent machine from the people at HP. It just keeps pumping out page after page after page, with no failure of any of the mechanical elements.
Summary: Check out the cost of inkjet printing. You get about 400 pages with a black and white cartridge (at low quality)for about $30.00 which is about 7.5c a page. A standard toner for this printer which you can get for $20.00 off of eBay does 6800 pages is .2c a page (in other words, 5 pages for 1c). Furthermore, the printing speed is out of this world compared to inkjet printing.
Summary: An excellent laser printer for the home. Tired of waiting for that page to print? You don't have to with the 4 series. And it comes in an affordable package that puts the power of laser printing in four hands.