The HP LaserJet 1018 is a good effort from the folks at HP, offering a neat, concise little machine at an affordable cost which can fulfil a lot of basic printing needs for a home office or small business. As a lower-end mono laser inkjet printer, it can handle text with ease and produce high-quality letters for inter-office memos and reporting, and it does a fairly good job of printing photos for inter-office use as well.
The compact design of this machine, which includes a single page feed for letterheads and other special documents, is intended for the small office that needs a go-to machine for everyday printing tasks. Although it can print photos of an acceptable quality for newsletters, printing web pages, and inter-office memos for dissemination of information, the larger lines of colour are not adequate quality for photos for professional publication, or for handing in to clients. The printer connects easily to a computer or server through a USB cable, and it has a simple plug-and-play self-installation program that will have you up and running in minutes.
The best reasons for someone to use this machine are the relatively low cost and the no-frills design. Its paper tray can hold up to 150 pages and it is in a price range comparable to other machines in the same vein with this one. Those who must print a lot of text on an everyday basis will be pleased with its acceptable speed and performance, getting your text documents out in a timely manner.
The downside to this machine is that for its price, it only prints about 12 pages per minute, as compared to similar printers which can print as much as 20 or more pages per minute. Those looking for professional quality photo printing will want to look elsewhere, as it does a so-so job at printing high-resolution pictures, particularly large lines of colour, although it does a better-than-average job at printing fine colour lines for photos. There are better machines available on the market for the price you will spend on this printer, but for those who need a simple, lightweight machine primarily intended for printing text documents and inter-office memos, this machine will do a good job of filling that capacity.