Printer History

HP Inkjet Printer History

HP Deskjet inkjet printer
Hewlett Packard created and then released the first personal inkjet printer in 1988.

This machine was simply named “Deskjet”.  This black only, bulky, and expensive printer (in comparison to its’ contemporaries) would prove to be the cornerstone of the Hewlett Packard printer empire.

HP was the first company to mass market the desktop printer.  At nearly $1,000, the original Deskjet printer from 1988 was extremely expensive but the only other options at the time were impact printers (dot-matrix printer or daisy wheel.  This revolutionary HP machine could actually fit on your desk, use single sheets of paper, print 2 pages a minute, and had an impressive print resolution (for the time).

Despite the high-ticket price, more than a million of these machines were sold in just the first year.

HP 51626 ink cartridge

The HP 51626 (HP 26) was the first inkjet cartridge for the first Deskjet printer.  This cartridge produced 600 x 300 dpi, which was amazing for the time.

In 1991, HP released the first black and color printer.  Only one year later, consumer demand for these machines and improving production techniques pushed the price down to below the $400 mark (cheap in comparison) and sales sky rocketed.

HP has held the honor of being the best selling printer manufacturer on the market for nearly 22 years.  The Deskjet has been the #1 selling line of inkjet printers from HP for as long as single sheet desktop printers have been in existence.

In 2008, Hewlett Packard released their 20th anniversary Deskjet printer line.  These printers all use either the HP 60 or the HP 901 series shown below.

    HP CC640WN – (a.k.a. HP 60)
    HP CC641WN – (a.k.a. HP 60xl)
    HP CC643WN – (a.k.a. HP 60)
    HP CC644WN – (a.k.a. HP 60xl)
    HP CC653AN – (a.k.a. HP 901bk)
    HP CC654AN – (a.k.a. HP 901bk xl)
    HP CC656AN – (a.k.a. HP 901 clr)

These HP ink cartridges have been manufactured from 70 recycled plastics and use less electricity so they are much more environmentally friendly than previous offerings.

These Hewlett Packard printers produce an average 4800 x 1200 dpi, print up to 28 pages a minute and sell for less than $100 – quite the change from the specs of 1988.

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