HP LaserJet 4100N

  • Editors' rating
    7.7 Very good
  • $1,405.00


  • Fast engine and processor;
  • smart consumables;
  • Embedded Virtual Machine allows the printer to run Java programs.


  • No built-in infrared port.

HP's new LaserJet 4100N not only prints quickly and sharply, but can also warn you when it's about to run out of supplies. For this is a smart printer with an Embedded Web Server that can be configured to send out alerts when consumables are low. On top of this, the 4100N has an Embedded Virtual Machine, which allows it to run Java programs and extend its functionality via 'printing e-services'.

The LaserJet 4100N can print up to 24 pages per minute at 1,200dpi. The 32MB of installed memory will allow large or complex jobs to be processed, and if this isn't enough you can expand the RAM complement to 256MB. The 500-sheet main paper tray is adjustable from Legal to A5 sizes, and the manual feed tray can take these sizes as well as envelopes. The LaserJet 4100N is rated for a duty cycle of 150,000 pages per month, which is high for a printer in this price range -- this is a workhorse machine.

Parallel and Ethernet connections are available, with network management provided via the built-in Web server. Windows PCs and Macintoshes can connect to the printer over the network -- drivers for most Windows versions and Mac OS are available on the supplied CD-ROM, and a utility is provided for creating custom driver installers. This can simplify adding the new printer to many machines, since you can create a silent installation with all the correct options set.

The two-line LCD panel and control buttons allow you to configure most aspects of the printer's operation, including the network port. You can also print out configuration information from the menu. For remote management, HP's Web JetAdmin can be used to view detailed information about the printer.

HP's Smart Print Supplies system includes toner cartridges with integrated chips that provide detailed status information. For instance, when we first set up the printer it was able to detect and warn us that the sealing tape had been left in the cartridge, and gave instructions on what to do. Similarly, when paper or toner become low, the printer can be configured to send email alerts to a responsible person. It can also be configured to order the new supplies from an external vendor automatically, although you may wish to exercise care when using this option.

The LaserJet 4100N lacks some features, such as duplex printing and an infrared port, that can be seen on other printers of a similar price. But what you do get is a very manageable network printer that delivers fast, high-quality output.


Printer Type Workgroup printer - laser - monochrome
Form Factor desktop, stationary
Technology laser
Print Speed Up to 25 ppm - B/W - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Connectivity Technology wired
Interface Parallel
PostScript Support standard
Language Simulation PCL 5E, PCL 6, PostScript 3
Fonts Included 110 x TrueType
Printer Features optional duplex
Type workgroup printer
Max H-Document Size 8.5 m
Max V-Document Size 14 in
Media Type cards, envelopes, labels, plain paper, transparencies
Media Sizes A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
Total Media Capacity 600 sheets
Power Device
Voltage Required Margin ± 10%
Type power supply
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 465 Watt
Form Factor integrated
Interface Provided
Type none
Connectivity Technology Cable
Processor 250 MHz
Clock Speed 250 MHz
Compliant Standards EPA Energy Star
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 21 Watt
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 465 Watt
Rack Mounting Kit N/A
Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
Color white
Power on to Device Ready 12 sec
Color Category white
Hard Drive
Type none
Installed Size 16 MB
Technology / Form Factor SDRAM, SDRAM - DIMM 100-pin
Max Supported Size 256 MB
Slots Qty 2
Empty Slots 1
Upgrade Rule max 128 MB module
Form Factor DIMM 100-pin
Technology SDRAM
Max Resolution B/W 1200 dpi
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm) 25 ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm) None
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support Limited warranty - parts and labor - 1 year - carry-in
Software / System Requirements
Peripheral / Interface Devices Parallel port
Media Handling
Media Path Type curved, straight
Max Media Size (Custom) 8.5 in x 14 in
Media Type Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, Envelopes, transparencies, plain paper, cards
Total Media Capacity 600 sheets
Media Sizes Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in)
System Requirements
OS Required Apple MacOS 7.5, HP-UX, IBM OS/2 Warp, Microsoft DOS, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, SunOS, SunSoft Solaris
Duty Cycle
Monthly Duty Cycle (max) 150000 pages
Cartridge / Printhead Duty Cycle 10000
Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty 1
Environmental Parameters
Sound Emission 58 dBA
Min Operating Temperature 50 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Sound Emission 58 dBA
Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%
Copier Type none
Document & Media Handling
Media Type Class envelopes, film / transparencies, other, plain paper
Media Size Class A4/Legal
Brand HP
Product Line HP LaserJet
Model LaserJet 4100
Localization English
Country Kits United States
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility Mac, PC, Unix
Interface Required
Connector Type 36 pin Centronics
Gender female, male
Connector Qty 1
Type parallel
Total Qty 1
Office Machine
Type printer
Functions printer
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class) 100,000 pages and more
Monthly Duty Cycle (max) 150000 pages
Printing Technology laser
Printing Output Type monochrome
Dimensions & Weight
Width 15.4 in
Depth 20 in
Height 13.6 in
Weight 37.48 lbs
Expansion Bays
Type none
Expansion Slots
Type memory
Total Qty 2
Free Qty 2
Type EIO
Slot Required
Type none
Printer Output
Max Speed 25 ppm
Media Size Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Output Quality B/W
Type Drivers & Utilities, HP FontSmart
Printer Media
Media Load Type automatic
Media Feeder Qty 1
Media Feeder Max Format Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Media Feeder Capacity 100 sheets, 500 sheets
Printer Fonts
Font Included Type TrueType
Fonts Included Qty 110
PC Connectivity
Interface parallel
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Service Included parts and labor
Location carry-in
Full Contract Period 1 year

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