Thrift store score: HP LJ4L

Dave McGuire mcguire at
Mon Jan 26 12:53:28 CST 2009

On Jan 26, 2009, at 11:38 AM, Alexandre Souza wrote:
>>>> I found a nearly-unused 4L at the
>>>> nearby thrift store yesterday.  It printed the test page without a
>>>> burp... and (I) walked out a happy customer $6 later.
>    I don't see too much value on these all-plastic-printers. I have  
> a 4Plus (now 4MPlus, added postscript and tens of megabytes of ram,  
> and also a jetdirect) for YEARS and it is still going strong. I do  
> love my printer :) All-steel and very durable construction :D

   Indeed, those are amazing printers.  My mother has a 4MPlus that I  
just decommissioned; it finally started to wear out, with about a  
million prints on the page counter.  I bought it used and pretty beat  
up from a surplus dealer in ~1998, it saw daily duty in a small  
office printing stuff for about five people for several years, then  
it was stored in a very hot storage locker for about four years, and  
then it spent two years printing a LOT of stuff for my mother's  
business.  It just never gave up!

   Anyway, it started needing more and more attention recently; it  
seems it was just wearing out.  I got her an HP 8100DN (like mine)  
from another surplus dealer, and she loves it.  It is every bit as  
well-constructed as the 4MPlus, and a fantastic performer.


Dave McGuire
Port Charlotte, FL

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