Performance

October 11, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (7,501)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 4
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance

Setting up the LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn
HP provides a hard copy installation guide that will take users through the basic setup procedures: unpack, prepare toner cartridge, install paper, turn on printer and choose a connection type.

If you choose to set up the Pro 400 M401dn over a network connection, you’ll be directed to pop in the provided driver/software CD. You can set up the M401dn over a USB connection, but you’ll lose access to HP’s ePrint technology, HP Web Apps and direct wireless printing from Google Cloud Print.

During the installation wizard, you can choose the software you want installed, to enable the web services mentioned above and agree to provide data usage to HP. You’ll then connect your printer – we chose the network setup – and the installation wizard pretty much takes over from this point.

After the wizard is finished, you can log into the HP ePrint Center to complete the web-connected printer installation. You’ll need to register unless you’ve owned an HP product before, then you can just sign in. Either way, it’s pretty easy and you can select a new email address (in the past you were forced to use the random one made up of letters and numbers), setup an Allowed Senders List, choose preferred print settings and enable or disable Google Cloud Print.

Ease of Use
The LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn is a single function printer, but it still offers a lot of value as a standalone device thanks to the aforementioned web-connected applications, front side USB port and 3.5-inch touch screen.

For those of you new to HP products the popular ePrint technology is a great way to share information, documents, images, etc. The HP ePrintCenter home page will display your ePrint email address (that can be changed anytime), a queue of recent print jobs, real time info about the printer and your print apps.

What’s great about the print apps is that you can add and/or rearrange your apps in the ePrintCenter and the new apps/configuration will show up on the LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn’s control panel. HP has continued to update and add new applications with over 120 as of this writing.

As a business class model with built-in networking, the LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn offers access to an embedded web server, aka the HP Device Toolbox, with real time status information about the device, supplies, network configuration and usage as well as access to troubleshooting and settings for the system, networking and HP web services.

You can also access real time information and alerts using the HP Printer Status and Alerts and access settings and services using the print properties menu.

Print Speed and Quality Tests
The HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn is listed as being able to print up to 35 ppm in black. During our tests, the LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn printed our 40-page black and white text document in just over a minute with an average of 35 ppm and a first page out in as fast as 6 seconds.

The LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn does offer automatic duplexing. When printing our 40-page black and white text document, we found an average print speed of 8 ppm (16 pages double-sided) with a first page out in as fast as 10 seconds.

Quality-wise, the LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn was impressive with crisp, dark text documents. There is a toner saver mode, or as HP calls it, “EconoMode.” You can find this in the print properties menu under paper/quality and it offers a noticeable difference in quality. While still very readable, you wouldn’t want to print professional documents in EconoMode.


LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn normal print sample, left, LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn EconoMode print sample, right

We didn’t have any paper jams to report and the LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn printed at a nice quiet decibel.


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