HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn Review: First Look

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HP’s spring lineup announced in May consisted of a multitude of different products targeted at varying markets. We reviewed the Photosmart 5520 e-All-in-One, the lone consumer focused product in the line, and now we turn our attention to the LaserJet Pro 400 M401 series.

The HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401 series consists of three single function monochrome laser printers designed with small and medium businesses in mind. All three models offer their business clients network connectivity, web-connected applications, HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint for a variety of mobile offerings.

We received the M401dn in for review and today we’ll be sharing our hands-on first look with plenty of information about the LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn including build, design, specifications, photos and more.

And don’t forget to check back soon for the full review of the HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn!

Build and Design

The LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn offers a small footprint and will easily fit on a desk or shelf. The approximate dimensions in non use is 14 x 14 x 11-inches, but you’ll need to consider the extended paper tray when set for legal sized documents, the raised control panel and the extended multipurpose tray which can take the dimensions closer to 14 x 25 x 15-inches.

Speaking of the control panel, the M401dn offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen for navigating the standalone device menus as well as the web connected application. This model doesn’t offer wireless (unless you upgrade to the M401dw), but it does offer built-in networking which still allows business customers the opportunity to print with mobile and web-connection applications.

Press the large button at the base of the 150-sheet output bin and pull out to access the single piece black toner cartridge. The M401dn comes with a HP80A cartridge which yields approximately 2700 pages. You can also purchase high capacity HP 80X replacement cartridges which yields approximately 6900 pages.

Pull the handle on the front of the M401dn to reveal the 50-sheet multipurpose tray which can handle a variety of media sized from 3 x 5-inches to 8.5 x 14-inches. The 250-sheet input tray is located directly beneath the multipurpose tray and can handle media sized from 4 x 6-inches to 8.5 x 14-inches. The front side USB port is also located in this area.

All connections are found on the back of the M401dn as well as access to the paper path. The M401dn can be connected via a high-speed USB 2.0 or Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-TX connection.

LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn Specifications:

  • Single function monochrome laser
  • Print speeds: up to 35 ppm
  • Print resolution: up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen with front side USB
  • HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print
  • 800MHz processor with 256MB of memory
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 50,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: 50-sheet bypass tray, 250-sheet paper tray
  • Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and more
  • Energy Star certified
  • 1-year warranty

Pricing and availability
The HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn is available now through HP for the sale price of $349, $50 off the suggested retail price of $399.

Supplies and accessories are also available through HP. The HP 80A cartridge is $103.99 while the HP 80X cartridge is $178.99 as of this writing.

The LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn comes with a 1-year warranty but you can upgrade with an HP CarePack.

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