Review: HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401d

Our score: 3/5
Reviewed: October 24, 2012 12:00 PM
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Published: October 24, 2012 12:00 PM
By Marine Goy
Translated by: Hugh Ehreth
The LaserJet Pro 400 M401d is a monochrome laser printer designed for businesses. It is a variant of the LaserJet Pro M400 M401dw, which we reviewed here. Unlike the "dw" and "dn", the "d" has no touchscreen, mobility functions, wireless connectivity or business apps. Built for companies with monthly printing needs of 700 to 3,000 pages, it promises irreproachable print quality, user-friendliness and energy saving by means of an Auto-On/Auto-Off function that automatically turns the printer on and off according to your usage.

Design & Build2/5



The M401d features duplex printing, but no network connectivity or Wi-Fi. Its 128 MB of memory allow for convenient sharing within a workgroup of twenty. It supports PCL5c, PCL 6 and Postscript 3.

Print Speed5/5



This is a fast printer. At 33 pages per minute (ppm), it beats every other monochrome laser printer we've reviewed. Compare this to the Dell B1160w's 20 ppm, the Brother HL-2240's 25 ppm and the AcuLaser M2300DN's 32 ppm.

Print Quality3/5



The print quality on the HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401d is good for plain text. However, for anything more demanding it quickly reaches its limits.

Power Use & Noise3/5



While the M401d consumes an average amount of power (600 watts) while printing, on standby it consumes 6 watts where most printers (laser and inkjet combined) consume less than 1 watt. When it comes to noise levels, our sensor picked up 51 dB. Printers are considered "quiet" under 50 dB—so let's say this one's almost there.

Cost Per Page4/5



The LaserJet Pro 400 M401 Series has the lowest cost per page of any monochrome laser printer we've reviewed over the past six months. By comparison, the Epson Aculaser M2300DN gets 3.3 pence per page and the Dell B1160w gets 3.4 pence per page. Then again, on colour laser printers the cost per page for black toner goes lower than that: 1.9 p for black toner on the HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color M451nw and 1.8 p on the OKI C331dn.


Toner cartridge Price (starting at) Lifespan Cost per page
CF280A (black) £66 2,700 2.4 pence
3/5 HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401d DigitalVersus 2012-10-24 13:00:00

Pros

  • Duplex
  • Fast print speeds / Responsive
  • User-friendly
  • USB port on front panel
  • Cost per page

Cons

  • No network connectivity or Wi-Fi
  • No ePrint or dedicated apps
  • Power usage on standby: 6 W

Conclusion

The LaserJet Pro 400 M401d is fast and easy to use. It can't print from mobile devices, doesn't feature any business apps and consumes more power on standby than average, but it prints quickly and has a reasonable cost per page.

OUR SCORE 3/5
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