HP LaserJet 1300 Printer

rate 3.4
  • Brand: HP
  • Category: Printer
  • print speed black: up to 20 ppm




  • Up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution
  • Up to 20 ppm print speed
  • 16 MB standard memory, expandable to 80 MB
  • First page in just 8 seconds
  • USB and parallel interfaces, optional networking

Technical Details

Product Identifiers
Brand HP
Model LaserJet 1300
UPC 808736419819
Key Features
Printer Type Workgroup Printer
Family Line HP LaserJet
Technology Laser
Output Type Black & White
Black print speed up to 20 ppm
Max Resolution (BW) 1200 x 1200 dpi
Platform Mac, PC, Unix
Technical Features
Extend Printer Technology Laser
Computer Operating System Apple MacOS 9, Linux, Microsoft DOS, Microsoft Windows 3.x, Microsoft Windows 95, UNIX
Monthly Duty Volume 10000 Pages
First Page Out Time 8 Seconds
Interface Parallel (IEEE 1284), USB 1.0/1.1, USB 2.0
Form Factor Stationary
Duplex Printout Manual
Media Type Cards, Envelopes, Labels, Plain Paper, Transparencies
Media Capacity 260 Sheets
Installed RAM 16 MB
Max. Memory 80 MB
Width 16.35 in.
Depth 19.15 in.
Height 9.5 in.
Weight 18.96 lb.
Color White
Release Date April, 2003


The LaserJet 1300 from HP is a monochrome laser printer that offers high-quality output, fast print time, and expandability options. With a resolution as high as 1,200 dpi, prints are crisp and accurate, while speeds of up to 20 ppm (8 seconds for the first page out) mean you won't have to wait long for print jobs to finish.

A 250-page standard input tray can be supplemented with an optional tray for a total of 510 pages, while the 16 MB standard memory can be boosted up to 80 MB. The 133 Hz internal processor is capable of handling large print jobs, while the 10,000-page per month maximum duty cycle provides reliability even in heavy-use environments. The 1300 comes with standard USB and parallel port interfaces, and optional HP Jetdirect print servers allow you to add the printer to a network and print from multiple computers.

A wide variety of paper types and sizes are supported, including paper (plain, recycled), cardstock, envelopes, labels, transparencies, letter, legal, executive, and more. Energy Star compliant, the 1300's 110 to 127V (+- 10%), 50/60 Hz power supply consumes about 285 watts during normal operation or about 7 watts during standby. PC, Mac, and Linux compatible, the 1300 also comes backed with a one-year limited warranty on both parts and labor.

What's in the Box
HP LaserJet 1300 printer, HP smart print cartridge (in protective bag), getting started guide, software and electronic user guide on CD-ROM, power cord, print media input tray, printer priority input slot, parallel LIO adapter; printer cable not included


Robert M. Willard 5.0
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Don't let your first impression of the LJ 1300 fool you. It does look a bit more like one of HP's cheapie inkjet or photo printers than the serious B&W laser workhorse that it is.It's chintzy-appearing plastic paper tray sticking out of the front and it's very inexpensive price (...) belies its rather impressive capabilities as a reasonably "heavy duty" home office or small business printer.I'm a full-time, home-based medical transcriptionist. My printer output averages 5,000-7,500 pages a month ... -- a much higher output demand than most home offices and others who have posted reviews here. Because I work on production, I absolutely require a reliable laser printer.The reason that I bought the HP 1300 was because a Brother HL-5140 I had recently purchased turned out to be entirely unsatisfactory after only a couple months of use (it's poorly designed and plagued with paper jams). I knew I should have stuck with HP in the first place. I have now used the HP 1300 for about a month and printed more than 5,000 pages without a single glitch or paper jam. Yes, I am very careful about how I handle the paper I put into the printer, but I think that's pretty amazing. And after printing more than 5,000 pages with the small-capacity 13A toner cartridge (which is rated at 2,500 pages), I still have 25% of the toner left. Over the past years I have used LaserJet 4L and 6P models extensively. The only differences I can discern between them and the current printer is that he HP 1300 is quieter and a whole lot faster. And, contrary to the observations of some reviewers here, I have found the print quality among all three to be consistenly excellent. I don't give a 5-star rating easily, but the HP 1300 has earned it. THE PROS: 1. Initial setup (at least for me, using a parallel port connection with both DOS and Windows drivers) was incredibly quick and simple. Anyone who has trouble installing this printer (as mentioned in a couple of other reviews here) probably didn't bother to read the instructions. 2. I found the online documentation to be quite adequate, and the online "Toolbox" is an extremely useful tool for both customizing the printer and monitoring its current status. 3. If output speed is what you're looking for, the HP 1300 delivers with HP's "instant-on fuser technology." No more waiting for the laser printer to warm up between jobs. For me, this "first page out" time is as important as the rated print speed. 4. Paper of all kinds, including envelopes, run through it without any problems, and the print quality is excellent. 5. It's about as quiet as any laser printer I've ever used. 6. The HP 1300 appears to be VERY well designed and built for very hard use. Changing the toner cartridge couldn't be easier. THE CONS: 1. I remains to be seen if the HP 1300 will stand up to my very rigorous use as well as my old LaserJet 6P, which has over 120,000 pages through it and is still going strong. 2. As noted by another reviewer, like nearly all laser printers, it does tend to curl the top and bottom edges of the printed pages a bit sometimes, which can be a bit annoying. However, this characteristic is common to nearly all laser printers, and it depends a lot on temperature, humidity, and the type of paper you're using. All in all, an absolutely fantastic, reasonably heavy-duty printer, and a terrific bargain for(...). Bob More >
Newton Munnow "Newton Munnow" 4.0
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This HP pretty much delivers its money's worth. The paper tray holds a decent sized 250 pages, but the strength of the printer remains it's speed. I use it from home and probably print 300-600 pages a week. It has no problems dealing with the output, though it does sound like there's a lawn mower loose in the house every time it kicks into action. If you live next to Benedictine Monks or a Yoga school, you're probably going to need something a little more mindful of neighbors, but otherwise, ... this is a powerful workhorse. Sure, it's just black and white, but if you're looking for efficiency, not a bad choice. The previous reviewer mention a problem with quality of print. I just don't see it. I tried smudging the pages with my fingers, running them underwater, giving them to the dog, but the print survived. I even do professional work off it, and still, fail to see the problem. I can't imagine finding anything better in the same range. More >
David 4.0
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Works well. Thus far I'm quite happy with it.I really like the 10 page manual feed `tray' that sits on top of the regular paper tray cover. Great if you need to print a booklet or a small duplex job since you don't have to take all the paper out. Also great for reusing paper that has been printed on one side for those small print jobs that you'll throw away anyway like rough drafts etc.With the guides set properly, I haven't experienced any of the crooked printing reported by other reviewers. Th ... e manual tray paper guides slide easily so you'll need to keep an eye on them.Some reviewers have mentioned that the print is too light. At default settings the printing is a bit lighter than my old HP LaserJet 5L however this can be easily fixed by bumping up the toner density from 3 to 4 (on a scale of 1 to 5). Note: this will increase the per page cost as you will be using more toner. Unfortunately, this feature is not very well documented in the manual.It's accessed through the HP Toolbox > Advanced Print Settings > Print Quality. No printed manual is included so you'll have to print it yourself (172 pages). Alas, the lack of a printer manual is par for the course these days. When I first tried to print the manual, I got a fatal error (all three lights on) about 20 pages into the job and had to turn off the printer and reboot my computer before I could print again. Fortunately, this has not happed since and I've now printed a total of 476 pages. The manual is ok but could be a lot more detailed and better laid out so as not to waste paper. Some critical stuff is in the README file. HP recommends a "software first install" which means you install the drivers first and then connect the printer when prompted during the installation. One piece of advice: use the custom install feature and install both the PCL and PS drivers (only the PCL is installed by default). The PS driver gives substantially better results printing PDF's. With the PCL driver some PDF pages suffer from dropouts and the text looks terrible, however they print perfectly with the PS driver. You will also need the HP toolbox as it is the only way to access printer features such as Toner Density (unless you have the 1300n with the LIO print server.) If you need to add the PS driver after you have installed the HP Printing system things get a little tricky. Read the "known issues" in the README file. Basically, if using the CD, "Be sure to select the HP toolbox and the print driver you wish to install," otherwise it will delete the HP Toolbox. This is completely counter intuitive as one figures that once the Toolbox is installed it need not be installed gain. I made this mistake and subsequent attempts to "modify the existing installation" by adding the missing components had everything installed but I still couldn't use the web update feature. Hence I removed everything and reinstalled it from scratch. More >