(Review Multi-Function Printer HP LaserJet Pro M402dw) We remarked a while back, over the span of our nonstop, printer surveys, that laser and laser-class (LED-exhibit) printer innovation has stagnated to some degree as of late. That is valid, particularly, contrasted with a portion of the late progressions in inkjet innovation, for example, HP’s settled head PageWide print exhibits and Epson’s PrecisionCore printheads. (For additional on those, see our groundwork Buying a Printer: 20 Terms You Need to Know.)
Beside advances based basically on versatile availability, which we’ve found in lasers and inkjets alike, laser-printer center innovation simply hasn’t transformed all that much of late—in any event, not until HP’s late presentation of two developments in its line: its JetIntelligence toner cartridges and ColorSphere 3 toner reformulation. HP called these enhancements, a bit hyperbolically, maybe, “… our most huge laser printing re-designing since the presentation of the principal LaserJet in 1984.”
As we hypothesized in our audit of the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw a couple of months back, if that implies over 30 years without a huge reformulation of the toner, a toner-cartridge overhaul, or some other redesign keeping pace with JetIntelligence, we’re not by any means persuaded. Thus, here’s our take a gander at a solitary capacity, monochrome model with JetIntelligence, HP’s $349.99-list LaserJet Pro M402dw, which HP orders as a “remote workgroup printer.” It’s a genuinely stripped-down, non-multifunction demonstrate that ought to, in principle, convey these new toner advancements to the fore. (There’s not a great deal else to it to act as a burden.)
Presently, how about we direct our distrust here a bit. Regardless of whether HP has performed more huge overhauls than JetIntelligence is scholarly; how enormous a change these issues are contrasted with before ones doesn’t nullify the advantages of the reformulated toner and cartridges. As per HP, these advances incorporate 40 percent less space required for the toner cartridges in the body of the printer (and in this way a conceivable decrease in the extent of the printer itself, obvious here), in addition to as much as 53 percent less vitality expended. (The last is much obliged, to a limited extent, to the toner changes: a lower toner-molecule liquefying point and in this way less warm-up time and vitality devoured.) Also, printer wake-ups and duplex (two-sided) printing are quicker.
Besides, as we called attention to about the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw, HP’s limited time materials assert that you get 33 percent more prints for each cartridge. Note that that does not as a matter of course mean more pages for your cash. What’s more, there’s the rub: While that may mean changing out the toner cartridge less much of the time, that doesn’t make the printer less costly to utilize. It’s a starker case here with this printer, as well, since there are no shading pages to print—here, we’re worried with just the highly contrasting expense per page, or CPP. What’s more, as you’ll find in the Setup and Paper Handling area later on, the LaserJet Pro M402dw’s CPP is tolerable, yet scarcely a seething deal at somewhat more than 2 pennies for every page.
How about we position this printer into the master plan along these lines. In the event that you anticipate utilizing the LaserJet Pro M402dw anyplace close to its 80,000-page month to month obligation cycle (i.e., the quantity of pages HP recommends constraining it to, to abstain from wearing the printer out), you can spare a considerable amount of cash by looking somewhere else. That is on account of you can discover machines that can accomplish well under 2 pennies for each page. These incorporate some laser models, for example, Brother’s HL-L6200DW Business Laser Printer (which we’re exploring as we think of this), and a few high-volume inkjet models, for example, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5690 Network Multifunction Color Printer. Both of these are fit for conveying common monochrome pages for under 1.5 pennies each in toner or ink cost. As we’ll separate later on, that half of a penny of distinction, when you’re printing plentifully, truly can signify hundreds, even a huge number of dollars over the life of the printer—and now and then much sooner than that.
Indeed, even in this way, as single-capacity monochrome laser machines go, this is an entirely decent one. It prints message well, and generally rapidly, and purchasing substitution toner won’t use up every last cent on the off chance that you utilize it with some restraint. Assuming, be that as it may, you really require a machine to print a huge number of pages, after quite a long time, a few contending printers can do it more economically on a for every page premise than this LaserJet can. At a specific breakpoint well short of the obligation cycle, it turns out to be excessively costly, making it impossible to use in light of choices.
Accordingly, we like the LaserJet Pro M402dw as an infrequent use printing arrangement—for a couple of hundred pages for each week, or somewhere in the vicinity. It’s sensibly reduced and utilizes less power, which is not something we can say in regards to numerous contending single-capacity lasers.
Most single-capacity monochrome laser printers look a considerable measure alike: squat, square boxes with a paper tape that slides into the base part of the frame front, while printed pages arrive on top of the machine. Since there’s no checking bed, this machine can do is print. Also, to do just that—simply print—it needn’t bother with quite a bit of a control board, just a readout to check the toner level and maybe design certain portable and system associations.
As should be obvious, the board is truly fundamental. Very little else supplements it somewhere else on the printer’s body; the LaserJet Pro M402dw does not bolster any kind of printing from a direct-connected memory gadget, (for example, a USB streak drive or a SD card). This truly is a remote proficient printer intended to take in information from a system (there is an Ethernet connector, obviously) or from different cloud locales on the Internet.
While this printer supports an immediate association with a solitary PC by means of USB, that strategy won’t permit you access to the Internet, and thus the different cloud and versatile network choices will be distracted. So the Wi-Fi network in this unit will be the approach for generally customers.
Notwithstanding its implicit Wi-Fi support, the LaserJet Pro M402dw underpins Wireless Direct. That is HP’s equal to Wi-Fi Direct. (Close Field Communication, or NFC, is likewise on the menu.) Wireless Direct, on the off chance that that is new to you, is a convention that permits two good gadgets (say, an Android cell phone and this printer) to interface and trade information without either gadget being associated with a system or switch.
NFC, then again, is (in a printer situation) a touch-to-print arrangement. With NFC, clients trade information with the printer by just tapping the NFC-supporting cell phone or tablet onto a NFC “hotspot.” On the LaserJet Pro M402dw, that hotspot is at the right half of the printer, on top forward of the controls, here hovered in red…
The security alternatives, as well, are hearty. By and large, you can arrange them from either the control board or the implanted Web-design highlight, which gives secure skimming over the Internet by means of SSL/TLS conventions and gives you a chance to design the unit by means of a Web program. (In this vein, this LaserJet offers numerous elements with much greater, even endeavor prepared, machines.) Even along these lines, at 8.5 creeps high, with a 15×14.1-inch impression, and tipping the scales at just shy of 19 pounds, the LaserJet Pro M402dw is bounty sufficiently little (and solid and sufficiently calm) to sit around your work area close to you without approaching like a beige mass.
So, in many organizations that send this printer as expected, the smallness advantage will be constrained, as you’ll need to put the LaserJet Pro M402dw in its very own position. In the event that in reality you’ll be utilizing it as a part of a workgroup or group environment with a genuinely strong workload spilling to it as the focal mono laser printer, do you truly need every one of those collaborators dropping by your work area to get their print employments? (Regardless of the fact that you must deal with the printer?) We think not.