HP Laserjet 1020

A small monochrome laser printer primarily intended for personal use attached to a PC. Host-based control is used to give a low purchase price - it uses the PC to compose a page. The speed of up to 15 pages per minute is sufficient for demanding individuals and the 1200 dpi effective output quality produces adequate pictures. HP's single piece print cartridges are particularly useful in a printer of this kind. Users get the robust performance of a laser printer - non of the cleaning cycles associated with inkjets. A single simple cartridge to change - not the toner, developer and drum of some competitors. The LJ1020 is a descendant of the "5L" - a ten year old machine that is still used. Whether the LJ1020 will prove as long lasting is a mystery.

The LJ1020 is the second phase of a series of designs beginning with the LJ1010 / 1012 / 1015 and continuing with the LJ1022. The same engine and the "12A" cartridge also appear in multifunction machines such as:

  • HP LaserJet 3055 All-in-One (Q6503A)
  • HP LaserJet M1319f Multifunction Printer (CB536A)


Just LED status lights - everything else is done via software installed on the user's PC.

Duty Cycle:

5,000 pages per month.

Up to 15 pages per minute for letter sized paper. Less than 10 seconds to the first page.

HP say "1200 dpi effective oputput quality (600 by 600 dpi with HP REt and FastRes 1200 technology)" - or in other words "600 dpi but you won't be able to tell, honest

Paper Handling:

A4 in a 150 sheet input tray, a priority slot for letterhead and non-standard paper.

Priority Slot:3x5 to 8.5x14 inches (76x127 to 216x356 mm) Weights 60 to 163 gsm

Tray:150 sheets: A4 and letter or papers from 5.8x8.27 to 8.5x14 inches (147x211 to 216x356mm). Weights 60 to 105 gsm






High Speed USB 2.0 port


Microsoft Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 and XP 32 bit. Its a host based device and works ONLY with these.

Printing is host based so there is no widely recognised print language between the driver and the printer - its actually compressed raster data. Compatiability is limited to Microsoft Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 and XP 32 bit.


First page out in less than 10 seconds so printer can revert to powersave


110 to 127 VAC or 220 to 240VAC

Power Consumption:

Off, 0 Watts. Standby 2 Watts. Printing 250 Watts. Typical consumption is given as 0.795 kWh per Week.


Single-piece cartridge containing the toner, developer, photostatic drum and waste toner holder.

HP Black print cartridge with Ultraprecise technology. Yield 2,000 pages. - Q2612A


Fuser 120V - RM1-2086-000CN

Fuser 220V - RM1-2096-000CN