At just $30, the HP Deskjet 1000 is one of the cheapest printers you can buy -- but it still prints text, graphics and photos well enough to earn recommendations from a couple of top expert sources. Owners also largely praise this simple printer, although some say it breaks quickly or runs out of ink too fast. You'll pay $35 to replace the Deskjet 1000's two ink cartridges -- more than the cost of a new Deskjet 1000 with the ink cartridges included, making this in effect a disposable printer. You'll have to supply your own USB cable to connect the printer with your computer, because HP doesn't include one in the box. The Deskjet 1000 isn't fast (about two and a half pages per minute in normal mode), and its photos are lower quality than the ones you'll get from the Canon Pixma iP4820 (*Est. $80), reviews say. Still, if you're on a tight budget and you only want to print the occasional document or snapshot, the HP Deskjet 1000 is worth a look.
PrinterInfo.com conducts the most thorough test of the HP Deskjet 1000, evaluating all aspects of the printer and comparing it directly with similar models from HP, Epson and Canon. The U.K.'s TrustedReviews.com also publishes a full, test-based review, and ComputerActive.com (another British publication) publishes a shorter review by the same author. We found plenty of user reviews at Amazon.com and Walmart.com.
Everything about the HP Deskjet 1000 is just "acceptable," Richard Baguley says -- photo quality, print speed, everything. But if that's all you need, you can't beat the $30 price. PrinterInfo.com places the Deskjet 1000 on its list of the 10 best printers, but Baguley cautions that it's not for people who want to print a lot, print quickly or print high-quality photos.
Review: HP Deskjet 1000 Printer Review, Richard Baguley, Dec. 28, 2010
Simon Williams gives the HP Deskjet 1000 the same high score as several more expensive printers -- nine out of 10. He says the Deskjet 1000 prints surprisingly good photos and text and it's reasonably fast, considering that it's just about the cheapest printer you can buy.
Review: HP Deskjet 1000 Review, Simon Williams, Jan. 16, 2011
3. Computer Active
The same reviewer tests the HP Deskjet 1000 here as at TrustedReviews.com. He notes the same pros and cons here as in his other review, again scoring the Deskjet 1000 high enough (4 stars out of 5) to make it a top pick on this website.
Review: HP Deskjet 1000 Colour Inkjet Printer, Simon Williams, July 4, 2011
With more than 40 customer reviews posted, the HP Deskjet 1000 maintains an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most say they like the adequate print quality and cheap price, although several are annoyed that they had to supply their own USB cable to attach the printer to their computer -- HP doesn't include one in the box.
Review: HP Deskjet 1000 Printer (CH340A#B1H), Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 100 users rate the HP Deskjet 1000 here, giving it just over 4 stars out of 5 on average. As at Amazon.com, most say it sets up easily and prints just fine, although some owners complain that the ink runs out quickly or that the printer broke within a few days.
Review: HP Deskjet 1000 Printer, Contributors to Walmart.com