The Quintessential Large Workgroup Printer from Who Else, HP
Dec 27, 2008
Pros: Very versatile, fast output; 1200dpi
Cons: None thus far; all are still going strong.
The Bottom Line: If you need a versatile, fast, and reliable large workgroup network attached printer, you can't go wrong with the HP LaserJet 8000n.
At the last concern I worked as a Network Administrator we put in a group of new network printers to server the need of the organization as whole. All told we had to provide printing service to some 350 people on two floors, all connected via a LAN. We decided to standardize (mostly) on the (8) Hewlett Packard LaserJet 8000n large workgroup printers.
The 99.2 pound HP LJ 8000n is monochrome laser printer with its 100,000+ page duty cycle, 1,100 sheet paper capacity, 1200x1200 dpi, and 24ppm output was designed for large workgroups. The built-in 133MHz NEC VR4310 MIPS RISC processor, fast Jet Direct Ethernet port, versatile paper handling (the printer can handle paper sizes up to 11x17), and 16MB of RAM, as well as 4MB of flash RAM make the printer ideal for the large workgroup setting where fast robust printing is a must.
The HP LJ 8000n utilizes HP's UltraPrecise toner cartridges (cost: about $85.00) for sharp monochrome prints suitable for most corporate applications including Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, AutoCAD drawings, and other graphic and text rich content.
Hewlett Packard's FastRes printer language technology is capable of producing printouts with resolutions up to 1200-dpi. And "HP's Transmit-Once and RIP-Once technology reduces network traffic and yields multiple original prints at engine speed. The first page is out in 17 seconds or less." Add to this the ability of the printer to enter Powersave mode and you have a printer that is not only fast and efficient, but one that can help lower your company's TOC, while at the same time decrease the company's carbon footprint.
The base HP LJ 8000n ships with (2) 550 sheet paper trays; a third fold-down tray is built into the side of the printer, which is used to print large sheet paper are well as envelopes, labels, and or letterhead. All configuration of the printer can be accomplished via the small from panel. Personally, I found the LED readout of the panel a little cumbersome to use; getting to a menu function several menus down for instance can take a while. However once I got used to the embedded menu system, navigation was an easier proposition.
The HP LJ 8000n is a heavy printer and will require a two-man lift in order to get it out of the box it ships in and to place it where you want it. By default the built-in Jet Direct 10/100Base-TX Ethernet adapter will utilize Boot-P (dynamic IP addressing) in order to obtain an IP address. But you can easily set up a manual address. The unit also ships with a Parallel port.
There are other option one can purchase for the HP LJ 8000n including a 2000 sheet tray mated with a 3000 sheet stacker, or; a 2000 sheet paper tray mated with a 3000 sheet stacker/stapler and MFP Upgrade Kit. Both of these options will take the HP LJ 8000n off of the table and onto a free standing wheeled stand of its own.
The driver that ships with the HP LJ 8000n is user friendly and gives the end-user a great amount of control over the printer; e.g. which paper trays to use, print quality, print speed, print orientation, etc.
Our trusty cadre of HP LJ 8000n's gets a lot of usebecause they must support over 350 people who print to them constantly. If you need a versatile, fast, and reliable large workgroup network attached printer, you can't go wrong with the HP LJ 8000n.
Amount Paid (US$): 499.99 Operating System: Windows
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I am an IT Professional and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I may be a computer geek, but I also like reading, writing, cooking, music, current events and regretfully, politics.
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