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HP Deskjet 1000 review




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HP Deskjet 1000
  • HP Deskjet 1000
  • HP Deskjet 1000
  • HP Deskjet 1000
  • HP Deskjet 1000
  • HP Deskjet 1000
  • HP Deskjet 1000
  • HP Deskjet 1000
  • Deskjet 1000 All-in-One Inkjet Printer (16 PPM, 4800x1200 DPI, Color, PC/Mac)


Our Score:


Having recently looked at the most expensive ink-jet printer HP sells, the Photosmart eStation, we thought we’d go to the other end of the spectrum and test out the company’s cheapest machine. The Deskjet 1000 is widely available from PC World, to Tesco and to a number of online specialists, at prices down to £30, making it just about the least expensive entry to inkjet printing

Straight out of the box, this is a small, neatly designed, single-function printer in dark grey with a strangely coloured top, and just a hint of mauve about it. The paper feed tray hinges up from the top of the printer and could hardly have a simpler design, though it does have a raised pattern of curves moulded onto it.

The front cover folds down to make the output tray, once you've also swivelled out an extra support from its front lip. The overall footprint of the printer is increased quite a bit with both these covers open and pages sitting on each tray.

The only control on the whole machine is a single, illuminated power button near the back of the top cover on the left-hand side. In the back panel are just two sockets, one for USB connection, which is the only way to get data to the printer, and the other for a low-level power input.

It's hard to believe HP couldn't have incorporated the small block power supply inside the case of the Deskjet 1000 but, true to form, it's an external unit ideal for kicking around under the desk.

To fit the two ink cartridges, you pull down a secondary cover from the front of the printer and push them in and up into the carrier. It's very quick and easy.

If you choose to use HP consumables with your machine, the company offers a series of rewards, like discounts off software and access to Wild Tangent games. After a happy hour playing Chicken Invaders 4, you may have forgotten paying £36 for a pair of cartridges, but in general, we think Kodak’s policy is better – charge less for the consumables, rather than giving rewards.

Drivers for both Windows and OS X are provided on the CD, though there's not much else in the way of support software. They install easily and provide good support for the functions of the printer.

Critical Friend

January 17, 2011, 5:32 am

This printer is the pinnacle of the madness of the printer market. So, you can buy the printer for £29.97 (Inc VAT) including the cartridges. The same cartridges on their own set you back about £22. And a pair of high yield cartridges is more expensive than the printer!

When you test budget printers of this sort where the printer without the cartridges is valued at £8, can't you provide the reader with info regarding non-proprietary ink supplies and possibly even test the combination? The value of the printer may be 10/10 as you say but only if you stay away from repeatedly buying the manufacturer's overpriced ink.

Martin Daler

January 17, 2011, 2:01 pm

I was a great sceptic about 'compatible' cartridges and swallowed all the dire warnings. However out of economic necessity I gave them a go, and the sky did not fall in. The printer nozzles have not clogged up, the print quality is indistinguishable, at least for non-photographic purposes. And to be honest, even photos come out A-OK. Unless you are a semi-pro photog, all tricked out with the full colour calibration kit and a hyper-critical eye etc, then I doubt you are going to notice any difference, other than cost.


August 15, 2012, 1:51 pm

Ridiculously cheap to buy and ridiculously expensive to run .. 5 out of 10


October 20, 2013, 10:56 am

so true....any alternative ??....i have already bought it....and suffering now.

Todd Perry

December 2, 2014, 11:12 pm

This is the worst printer HP has ever made. I do not recommend this printer for anyone.
Terrible craftsmanship, sub-par parts, terrible ink cartridges that fail every time you turn around for this model.
I have went through 3 of these in the last 1 and a half years and I do not print that much.
Get another printer and do NOT waste your money on this junk unless you like to own a large paper weight.

My Printer Ink

June 11, 2015, 9:58 am

It use HP 301 for black and colour can be replaced with guarantee remanufactured ink cartridges which will save at least 60% and the XL cartridge page per cost is 5.8 for colour 301XL cartridge.

My Printer Ink

June 11, 2015, 9:59 am

Replaced with guarantee remanufactured ink cartridges which will save at least 60% and the XL cartridge page per cost is 5.8 for colour 301XL cartridge.

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