HP 1160 Printer Review
The HP LaserJet 1160 laser printer is designed for the personal home or small office user. It has better print quality than competing models, but it also has a higher price and slower printing speeds. If faster printing and color output is required, the LaserJet 2500 toner printer should be considered.
The HP 1160 laser printer is a very compact machine. The unit measures 10 inches by 13.8 inches by 14 inches, and weighs only 25 pounds. This allows it to fit in small spaces, and is very easily movable by one or two people. Paper capacity is decent, though a few personal lasers offer more. The 1160 can hold a maximum of 250 sheets in its single tray. Users who want to keep more than one type of media loaded may need to look for a model with a second multipurpose tray, as the 1160 is only equipped with a single tray. The unit does not have an upgrade option for paper handling, so what you see is what you get. Still, 250 sheets will likely be enough capacity for the average personal user, who only uses one type of media at a time.
The LaserJet 1160 has a 133 MHz processor, and 16 MB of RAM, which is a good amount of processing power for a personal laser. This means it will rely less on the computer for its processing, and should result in faster print speeds. The unit connects by either USB 2.0 or parallel, and is compatible with both PC and Mac computers. One printer toner cartridge is included with the printer.
HP LaserJet 1160 toner cartridges are inexpensive, partly because they are the same part number as Laserjet 1320 toner and other models. Each laser toner cartridge has a capacity of 2,500 sheets. Using a third-party compatible printer toner cartridge will save even more on toner costs than using branded HP 1160 toner cartridges. Our compatible HP toner cartridges are equivalent in quality to the genuine version and backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Print speed is good, but a little slower than some of the competition. The unit prints at 20 pages per minute. Print quality is where the printer truly excels. Text and graphics both come out very sharp and detailed. Text is readable at very small font sizes. Gradients show very few problems on the page.
Overall, the HP LaserJet 1160 has print quality on its side, as its prints look better than the competition. Unfortunately, slower speeds, smaller paper capacity, and no upgrade options are tough obstacles to overcome.