HP LaserJet 4L Retired

After 14 long years of service, I finally retired my HP LaserJet 4L printer. As far as electronics go, a device that lasts 14 years is amazing. This printer just worked. The only time it required any effort was an occasional paper jam and of course replacement toner. Even recently it was always fairly easy to find toner to purchase, and the prices always seemed reasonable, at least relative to ink. Unfortunately the print quality finally started degrading. I suspect it may have been fixable, but the desire for a color printer forced the retirement.

The 4L was replaced by a shiny new Dell 1320c color laser printer. I also added the network adapter, allowing the printer to be shared by all computers without requiring a computer or other device to share the printer.

There is no other computer device that I've owned that has come anywhere near a 14 year useful span, and I doubt any future device will either.

* Photo inspired by this Strobist post. Unfortunately I have only one SB-800 and the printer was significantly larger than the SB-800 photographed in the post.


  1. My 4L's sitting happily by my side knowing I have no intention of retiring it any time soon. Last year I flirted with a colour laser until I saw the price of consumables: no thanks. The 4L is a fine workhorse for letters and general printing.

  2. Well its bit old as it was introduced in the 1990's, but its magic still attracts large number of customers. Its not being manufactured but its hardware is still being used wildly in the new printers as it solves some tricky software problems. "HP Laser Jet 4L" was mainly used for personal purposes.


    HP Q5949a

  3. Do you want to sale your hp 4L network adapter?
    Please let me know the model and if yes tell me the price.
    Best regards,
    Jose Manuel