Cracking open Hewlett Packard's IIP, the original personal LaserJet printer

The Hewlett Packard LaserJet IIP

The Hewlett Packard LaserJet IIP popularized the desktop personal laser printer. Released in 1989, the model was among the very first laserjets available for less than $1,000. Deemed a "milestone" printer by the New York Times, the paper touted the unit's light weight (the IIP weighed *just* 25 pounds). Here's what made the IIP tick.

The design was beige and boxy.

Note: This gallery was originally published in May, 2007, but I'm resurfacing it to celebrate the HP LaserJet IIP's 21st birthday in 2010.

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Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...