Advantages Compact Size, Durability, Speed
Disadvantages HP Support, Discontinued...
|Ease of use|
|Range of extra features / functions|
-- HP LaserJet 6L in brief…This printer has been working with me from ages. I know it’s considered a bit old at the moment and the last time I logged to HP website, I found it was discontinued; however it’s a great printer with great functionalities.
-- Product Specifications• Environmental Specifications
o Operating Environment (printer is plugged and working):
Temperature: about 10 degrees C to 32.5 degrees C (50 degrees F to 90.5 degrees F)
Humidity: 20% - 80%
o Noise Level
During Printing: 5.5 Bels Sound Power Level
During standby and sleep mode: silent
o Power Requirements
100-120v, 50/60Hz, 127v NOM, 6C
o Minimum recommended circuit capacity: 4.5A @ 115V, 2.0A @ 230V• Physical Specifications
Width: 334.2 mm (13.2 inch)
Depth: 312.4 mm (12.3 inch)
Storage Height: 228.6 mm (9.0 inch)
Operating Height (paper inserted height): 370.8 mm (14.6 inch)
-- Product Features• Black and white printer with a reasonable speed of 6ppm
NOTE: There may be some other features that I forgot to include, so if you find any not listed here or in the printer’s specification, please be kind to send it to me to include it into my review. Thanks :)-- Inside The Box
When you get the printer, and open the box you will find:
• HP LaserJet 6L Printer model C3990A
• Power cord for the printer
• HP LaserJet Toner cartridge (really I can’t remember if I got this when I got the printer or not, but I suppose they include one when u get a printer, any how if you didn’t get one, then I have the worst memory in the world).
• Sheet of printer labels in many languages including Chinese
• Some disks labeled drivers or something
• Some documents including some brochures and the user’s manual.
-- IEEE-1284, what is that?!I wasn’t going to write this section in the first place, but it I thought it’s funny to write a total section about this cable.
Anyway, this is the cable that connects the printer with the computer through the parallel port. I included a picture of the cable so you can get the picture of it. Anyway you must get this cable to be able to connect your printer to your PC, it’s around £ 7.25 in the market, but all depends on its length and its brand. By the way if anybody knows why HP doesn’t include this cable, I’ll be willing to know…
By the way HP has two models of this cable: HP IEEE 1284 Cable (a-b) 2 meter (C2950A) for $17.95 and HP IEEE 1284 Cable (a-b) 3 meter (C2951A) $22.95.
Simple and easy. Just put the printer in its place on the desk or something. Plug-in the power cable, and check that your printer is working, and then connect the IEEE-1284 cable. If you have Microsoft Windows XP or 2k, it’s no problem cuz they know this printer and you can start printing instantly. However you can refer to the “Software and Drivers” section to know more about its installation and stuff.
The cartridge installation is as simple as the printer was. Anyhow, the tricky part is that you have to remove the tape in the cartridge before installing it for somewhat reason I don’t know. You can also refer to your user’s manual page 1-2 to know how to install it in more details.
You can also get the printer manual from
-- Software and driversWhen you first receive the printer you get some disks. I hope you didn’t through them away, anyway if you do lost them you can go log into the hp website search for the HP LaserJet 6l printer (hope you can still find it!!!) and get the drivers, I do that all the time cuz I always forget where I put my disks. Just a second I’ll go get the link…
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?locale=en_US&pnameOID=14974&taskId=135&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=25476&lang=en&cc=usHere you can find all the printer drivers for all the OS, so you can download whatever you would like (I just how that hp doesn’t change the link or something, or if you find this link is broken or not found page, please notify me to update it).
The user’s manual is very detailed and very into the problems. I use it a lot when I face any problem concerning the printer, so try not to lose it and put it “where-all-the-manuals-are-there” area, so you can use it and find it whenever you are in deep trouble with the printer. You can also download it form the location I specified, in case you lost yours.
-- Product Manual and User’s Manual
I think the minimum requirements is for the software or the driver for the printer, cuz I don’t get what is meant for minimum requirements for a printer itself.
-- System Requirements
• 386 Processor (if you can remember this name)
• 4 MB RAM (for windows 3.1x) or 16MB RAM (for Windows 95)
• 5 MB free disk space
• 486 Processor
• 8 MB RAM (Windows 3.1x) or 16MB RAM (windows 95)
• 10 MB free disk space
• DOS 5.0
• Bidirectional communication (both directions, input and output, if you don’t know the meaning of the first word)
-- Printer Control Panel (Front Panel)The printer as said before has 3 lids and a button on the front panel. I’ll try to explain the functions and the indicator of each button.
Lids (from up to down) Error, Data, Ready and then the button.
The lights has three status (on, off and blinking)
HP gives full support to its product, however when the printer was discontinued, the support for this printer is only for the drivers and software included on the web, and there is no physical support.
-- Product Support
-- Supported Media Sized (Paper)• Letter (8.5 x 11 inch)
Didn’t do any and don’t know how to make benchmarks for a printer…-- Problems
There are a lot of problems concerning this printer; however I’ll try to put them in form of problem and solution style.PROBLEM: The printer takes many pages or what is called multi-page feeding
PROBLEM: All the printer lids sometimes are on.
SOLUTION: This problem I face when trying to print a large pictures or drawings. It simple means that the printer is out of memory. Don’t forget that your printer (if like mine) has just 2 MB installed, so you can’t just print every thing you like. To clear this error, simply just remove the power cable, wait for 5 seconds and put it again.
PROBLEM: Paper Jams
SOLUTION: You will not face any paper jams, unless you put not good quality paper or its crambled a little. Any how you may also face some jams because of multi-feeding, and its all easy, just open the door, remove the jammed paper and continue printing.
I don’t know the price of this printer in the market nowadays, but I think when I searched for some items last time, I just found its price £ 90 or something, but don’t depend on that because its only a guess not a real price of the market, and also I don’t know if you can get a new one or not, but I think not.-- Why should you care?
If you don’t have this printer, then thank you for reading all this long review for just knowing about an old printer.
However if you do own this printer, it might be beneficial to you to know some problems bout your printer that you might faced or you might face.
• Just only one comment, please if you have any thing that you want me to add or I totally forgot about in my review, please be kind to send me and tell me what is it to include it in my review.
• Something else, I included some pictures of the printer, the printer cable and the cartridge so you may like to take a look
Ah, something I totally forgot to talk about which is the Cartridge, so here is it• Toner Cartridge (sorry I forgot)
The HP LaserJet C3906A Print Cartridge is ideal for business or home users who need professional-quality laser output. It is designed together to work together with the HP LaserJet 5L and 6L Series printers, and the HP LaserJet 3100 and 3150 printer/fax/copier/scanner. It can print up to 6,000 standard pages.Full info about the C3906A can be found at
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64209-64548-64548-71420-14837-14838.html• Accessories for the printer
o Toner Cartridge: the above section, it include what you need to know.
o IEEE-1284: go up, up, up… You will find a section on this cable, refer to it.
o Memory Upgrades: 1 MB C3939A (discontinued), 2MB C3938A (discontinued), 4 MB C3148A which you have to check the price with the retailer as stated in HP website.
o Paper: There are many paper types and models with different range of prices that I cannot include here, but you can go surfing and try to find the suitable for you. To get a general idea, go to the HP website and search there.
1. HP Jetdirect 170x OfficeConnect Print Server (J4102B) for $143.99
2. HP Jetdirect 170x Print Server for Ethernet (J3258B) for $129.00
3. HP Jetdirect 300x OfficeConnect Print Server (J4101B) for $254.99
4. HP Jetdirect 500x Print Server for Fast Ethernet (J3265A) for $335.99
• HP LaserJet 6L Printer User’s Manual
• HP Website (www.hp.com)
• Some other websites I can’t remember the names and for what
• My personal experience with the printer.
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