The Long Life of an HP Printer

I don’t care much for HP monitors and computers, but their printer technology, which is what they originally became known for, seems unbeatable. When I started our company in 1993, I first bought an HP 4L laser printer. It had a neat small footprint, cost about $500, and printed 4 sheets a minute – that was a whopping speed then. We soon expanded, and needed a laser printer off the server that all of us could access. So we bought an HP LaserJet 6P.

This printer was somewhat faster and had a sheet feeder in the back. After a number of years, when we bought the next enterprise printer for color printing, we reassigned the old 6P to the accounting office for check printing and occasional reports.

For 20 years, it just kept chugging away. Last week there was some problem with the drum, and we could have spent a hundred dollars on labor to get it fixed. So we decided to finally retire it.

The 6P just printed, printed, printed for 20 years – and I am sure it would have continued for another 20 years, if we had just wanted to spend the money to have it repaired.

With a bit of sadness and nostalgia, I bid it farewell.

4 thoughts on “The Long Life of an HP Printer

  1. barbara

    My deepest condolences. Printers (and computers) become colleagues over the years. My first printer was one just like your late-printer pictured, sent across the continent from my sister who didn’t take out the powered-ink cartridge, but it survived, printing first time.

    But for printing digital graphics, a 13″ wide, 6 colour ink-jet was needed. We’ve had many Epson 1280’s — alas, now discontinued — and at one point had 3 or 4 old ones around, just for parts. I managed to get two brand new 1280s on-line @ $1000 each, but worth it. The replacement model 1400 by Epson (which I also have) costs $200 to refill with 6 cartridges of ink.

    When they work they are magic, but when they don’t they are the Devil’s Spawn.
    Good luck with your next printer — they don’t make ’em like they used to, that’s for sure.

  2. barbara

    You know, Norbert, you’d get more people leaving comments if you acknowledged them. Just sayin’

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