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HP LaserJet 5L

alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 reviews of HP LaserJet 5L. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and usability. The reliability and price also get good opinions, but comments are divided on the design. Many are less positive about the noise and paper handling.

performance, price, reliability, usability, size

paper handling, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP LaserJet 5L is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 64/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 122 reviews)

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Consumer review by: augiedog964 (

Nice, Small Laser, needs a fix


I recieved this printer as a hand-me-down. It had had been used rather heavily and reached the time where the seperation pads hardened. It had major multiple feed problems. FOr a while I just fed one sheet at a time. This frusterated me so much. I went...

Feeds almost straight through or turns up and stacks in order, upgradeable memory, toner lasts a long time, cheap toner, not too hard to take apart

Paper Feed must be repaired for it to do any real work

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: (

Awesome little printer


I have had this printer as my primary home printer for 8+ years. After a simple paper feed fix, I have had no problems at all with paper feed

Many pages will not print with the base memory

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: (

A smudge on the HP name...


Nothing that any other printer won't do

MULTIPLE PAPER FEEDING!! I MUST feed pages in one at a time. Unreal. I would not expect this from HP. Next, 1MB memory? Come on. When printing from Acrobat is when I notice it the most. Save your money. Buy something else

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Great printing if you fancy paper jams!


Nice prints

The only ways to avoid jams are to either feed one paper at a time or buying a special insert for this printer to fix the problem. Buying a new cheap laser with more memory and faster ppm sounds like more fun to me

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Great value for the time


Very good quality. Takes a basic (helpful) memory upgrade. Long toner life (1.5+ cases of paper). Small footprint

The infamous multiple paper feed error when the bin gets near empty after about the third case of paper. Should have been recalled by HP

Jan, 2005

Product Specifications

The HP LaserJet 5L printer is an inexpensive 4 page per minute laser printer designed for small office or home environments for use by individuals or small workgroups. The HP LaserJet 5L printer uses HP's Enhanced PCL 5 printer language for use with (IBM compatible) PCs. The printer meets high document quality expectations with true 600 x 600 dot per inch (dpi) resolution, Resolution Enhancement technology (REt), 210 levels of gray at 106 lines per inch in Windows, and 26 scalable typefaces to choose from. Two trays (one holding 100 sheets and the other a priority single sheet input slot) allow for the use of specialty papers from postcard to legal sizes. A straight through paper path allows for printing up to 42 lb. bond weight. One empty memory slot allows for memory expandability for a total of 9 MB. Linking the HP LaserJet printer directly with a LAN is easily done with HP's external JetDirect EX print servers, and the HP Printer Pal lets you receive faxes on plain paper.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:France
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP LaserJet




Type: None


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Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Language Simulation:PCL 5/PCL 5E
Max H-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):4ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Path Type:Curved
Media Type:Coated paper / Glossy paper / Photo paper / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies/Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):1,000 - 9,999 pages
Output Type:Monochrome
PostScript Support:Optional
Total Media Capacity:100sheets
Type:Personal printer/Workgroup printer


Installed Size:1MB
Max Supported Size:9MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty