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HP LaserJet 4050

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 reviews of HP LaserJet 4050. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and design are generally positive. The reliability and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the size, and many are negative about the price.

performance, reliability, design, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP LaserJet 4050 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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HP LaserJet 4050


The Hewlett Packard Laserjet 4050 series was launched sometime in 1999 and has proved to be an able successor to the more commonly found 4000 series. Designed pre-dominantly for DTP and office use, the printer delivers goods on all fronts, be it...

Feb, 2002

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HP LaserJet 4050


I as an individual user highly recommend the HP laserjet to any other printers because of it durability,sharpness and service.Only Problem is the cost of original cartridge and you should never go for duplicate or refilled cartridge at any stage even...

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HP LaserJet 4050


The first words that comes out reading the name Hewlett Packard is 'reliable'. Buying this HP product will certainly not dissapoint you. I have used this printer in one of our mini computer labs. (Mini = <30 computers). Its been used heavily.It has...

Product Specifications

The LaserJet 4050 from Hewlett-Packard is a great first step toward a full-featured network printer. It has the features and performance to meet your current workgroup print needs, with support for future memory, paper handling and network connectivity upgrades. This network monochrome laser printer is ready to serve mid-sized workgroups with its 17 ppm speed and 8MB RAM. Its 8.5 x 14-inch print size, 65,000 page duty cycle, and 600-page input capacity make it a suitable addition to a busy office. And the expanded Control Panel Help feature allows users to troubleshoot print interrupts right at the printer. The LaserJet 4050 uses Resolution Enhancement technology (REt) and an UltraPrecise toner cartridge for sharp monochrome prints suitable for corporate presentations. The HP FastRes technology yields 1200 dpi prints at engine speed, powered by a 133MHz NEC Vr4310 MIPS microprocessor and 8MB RAM (upgradeable to 200MB). The instant-on ceramic fuser gets the first page out in less than 15 seconds, from a warm or cold start. Upgrade with the optional 2GB hard drive and store repeat print jobs, forms, fonts and signatures. The printer keeps 600 sheets of paper on hand in one 100-sheet multipurpose tray and one 500-sheet tray. Print on a variety of media including transparencies, specialty papers, envelopes and labels, from 3 x 5 inches to legal size. Available paper handling options include an envelope feeder, auto-duplexer and large capacity trays for future expansion. The LaserJet 4050 has both a bi-directional parallel port and RS-232 serial interface. Two open EIO slot accept optional HP JetDirect internal print servers for Ethernet, LocalTalk and TokenRing networks to support all major network operating systems including OS/2 Warp and UNIX. Adding the optional Fast Infrared Connect adapter allows for walk-up, cable-free printing from laptops, PDAs or other infrared-capable devices. The 4050 supports HP PCL 6, HP PCL 5e and PostScript Level 2 emulation, with 110 TrueType scalable typefaces. It comes with print drivers for Windows 3.1/95/98, Windows NT 3.51/4.0, OS/2, MS-DOS, UNIX and Macintosh 7.1.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC/Mac / PC / Unix/PC/PC / Mac
Country Kits:Denmark/Europe/France/Germany/N/a/United Kingdom/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP LaserJet


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista


Type: None


Type: None


Connectivity Technology:Wired/Wired / Wireless/Wireless / Wired
Form Factor:Desktop/Stationary
Interface:Parallel / Serial
Language Simulation:PCL 5 / PCL 6 / PostScript 2/PCL 5E / PostScript 2 / PCL 6/PCL 5E / PCL 6 / PostScript 2
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi/600dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) / Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):17ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi/600dpi
Media Path Type:Curved/Curved / Straight/Curved / Straight
Media Type:Business cards / Coated paper / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Transparencies/Business cards / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Transparencies/Envelopes / Transparencies / Greeting cards / Labels / Plain paper / Postal card paper/Envelopes / Greeting cards / Labels / Plain paper / Postal card paper / Transparencies/Envelopes / Plain paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):50,000 - 99,999 pages
Output Type:Monochrome
PostScript Support:Included/Standard
Total Media Capacity:600sheets
Type:Workgroup printer


Installed Size:8MB
Max Supported Size:200MB

Reference Resource

Author:Hewlett Packard
Category:Computer hardware
Title:HP LaserJet 4050 Series
Type:Documentation kit


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Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 7.0 or later / HP-UX 10.0 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or later/Apple MacOS 7.0 or later / Microsoft DOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or later/Apple MacOS 7.0 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or later/Microsoft DOS / Apple MacOS 7.0 or later / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000/Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0