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HP 500 Printer Information
Known for its reliability, the HP Deskjet 500 is an older model that was designed for basic monochrome printing, making it ideal for a college dorm room or micro office. This machine was one of the earliest inkjet printers that HP made and is still considered to be one of the most dependable. It is only designed to handle up to 1,000 prints per month and each Deskjet 500 ink cartridge can yield 790 pages.
The frame is white and has a boxy shape, which is outdated in an age of sleek, contemporary designs. It measures approximately 17x8x15 inches and weighs in at just over 14 pounds. There is a single paper tray that pulls out from the bottom, which can hold up to 100 sheets. Documents are caught in an output bin that sits right above the input tray.
Only Windows computers are compatible with the 500 and it offers only a parallel connection. It is Energy Star qualified and has 16 KB of RAM built in. Only black HP 500 printer ink is used, so the maximum resolution that can be created is 300x300 dpi, which will create relatively sharp, crisp text consistently. Printing images or graphics, however, may end in a slightly disappointing result.
Replacement HP 500 ink can be purchased from a number of online vendors. There are two different options. One is the OEM printer ink and the other is the remanufactured version of the Deskjet 500 ink, which costs less than a third of the brand-name option. Fortunately, changing out the HP 500 ink cartridges is simple enough for most consumers to do without instructions.
Clearly, the HP Deskjet 500 is an old printer, but at one point it was at the top of the inkjet game. It doesn't offer any fancy features or multiple functions, but it does the task it was designed to do well and consistently.