The advantage of doing without scanner, copier and all those extra features is that it keeps the price of your printer down, and the Deskjet 1000’s current price of just £19.99 is hard to beat if you’re on a tight budget. Yet despite the low price the Deskjet 1000 actually performs pretty well.
Text quality is very good, with smoothly detailed text that would give a more expensive laser printer a run for its money. The print speed was pretty good too – right on HP’s estimate of 5.5 pages per minute. Coloured documents were slightly slower at 3ppm, but that still makes it a match for many of its more expensive rivals.
Photo output on plain paper showed some very slight signs of banding, but wasn’t a problem when using the photo papers designed for this purpose. However, the 100 seconds printing time for a 4x6in postcard print makes it clear that the Deskjet is really only suitable for occasional photo prints.
That impression is confirmed by the Deskjet’s running costs. HP’s ink cartridges cost roughly the same as those of its rivals, but the page yields for those cartridges are definitely below average – less than 200 pages for simple black and white documents – and that pushes the printing costs up to almost 7p per page for black and white, and 17p per page for colour documents. To be fair, HP does sell ‘XL’ cartridges and value packs that can cut those costs considerably, but it’s clear that the Deskjet 1000 is really just intended for home users with very light printing requirements.
Needless to say, as well as being a single function inkjet printer, the Deskjet 1000 has neither Wi-Fi nor a memory card slot for printing photos straight from a digital camera.