DeskJet 500

Inkjet Selection:

Name: DeskJet 500
Product Number: C2106A
Introduced: 1990
Division: Vancouver
Ad: Click to see, Click to see
Original Price: $729
Catalog Reference: 1991, page 690


The DeskJet 500 was HP's third generation 300 dpi inkjet printer. It had the same form factor as the previous DeskJets, but with an enhanced feature set. The DeskJet 500 included two font cartridge slots (similar in concept to the font cartridge slots on the LaserJets). Cartridges could be inserted to add additional fonts or to provide emulation for Epson FX-80 or IBM Proprinters.

Collector's Notes:

The early DeskJet printers are still very reliable as of 2014. These printers have external power supplies, built in to the power cord. The museum has more than two dozen of these power supplies, and they all work fine. In the last ten years, we have seen over fifteen of these printers. All except one was fully functional. The biggest challenge with the old DeskJets is in the print cartridge. If you use the printer every week, you probably won't have any problems. But, if the printer is idle for a month or more, you will likely get clogged print nozzles. Sometimes, this can be fixed by swiping the nozzles with a lint-free isopropyl alcohol cloth. If the print cartridge hasn't been used for many months, you can often get it working again by wrapping it in a flame-proof cloth and heating it in an oven. We don't recommend this process unless you really know what you are doing.


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