HP LaserJet Pro M402dw Review – A Strong Workhorse Monochrome Laser Printer

You don’t see many monochrome laser printers these days as many manufacturers would want to cater to both black-and-white and the color variety in printing; but then again, if you’re in the market for a monochrome printer, then perhaps you might want to check out the HP LaserJet Pro M402dw. It is a solid contender as a workhorse monochrome laser printer. It claims to have a cost-per-page that is a tad higher than the rest but its text printing quality is a tad lower than its closest competitors. Nonetheless, it balances its shortcomings with speed, output quality, running costs, and paper handling that’s all suitable for medium-duty office printing tasks.

HP LaserJet Pro M402dw Review - A Strong Workhorse Monochrome Laser Printer

The HP LaserJet Pro M402dw Performs Quite Well

Coming into the market with 8.5 x 15 x 14.1-inches for its dimensions, and weighing 18-pounds and 14-ounces, the HP LaserJet Pro M402dw is compact enough to share a desk space with another office equipment. It is also light enough for one person to move it from one place to another.

One of the strongest points for this printer is its speed in printing. It is able to print at 40-pages-per-minute (ppm). What’s even better is its speed is even faster than other printers with similar ratings.

Its paper handling is well-suited for moderate to even heavy-duty use. The LaserJet Pro M402dw has a 250-sheet drawer, a duplexer, and a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray. This is enough for small offices but made for heavy-duty use. Owners can also add an optional 550-sheet drawer (sold separately) for a grand total of a 900-sheet paper capacity.

When connectivity is concerned, the printer works for both Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections. Users are also able to print via the cloud. Therefore, you can print from a mobile device by connecting it to the printer with the use of an access point. However, if you plan on connecting it to a PC via USB cable, you won’t be able to make use of its cloud-printing feature.

Print output quality is acceptable but there are others that can do better. The text output was found to be at the lower end of the range which makes it good enough for most business use. That is to say, as long as you won’t be needing small fonts for your texts.

While it does have its fair share of shortcomings, the HP LaserJet Pro M402dw gets lots of points in terms of fast printing speeds. However, it does miss out in being with the top contenders as its cost-per-page is on the high side.


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