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Printer Primer, HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dw
February 1, 2016
Small or home offices looking for a new color laser may wish to consider one of the latest single-function units from HP, the LaserJet Pro M452dw. Debuting back in September 2015 along with some other new units, it also comes in both DN (duplex, network-ready) and NW (network-ready, wirlesss) configurations for users. For the purposes of this piece though, we have chosen to focus on the DW (duplex, wireless) configuration which likely is most appealing to users. Among benefits to users is its best-in-class color printing including speeds (up to 28 ISO ppm) at up to 48% faster than previous models and first page out times of under 10 seconds. At a max of 16.2" x 25.6" x 13.4" (W x D x H) and weighing close to 48 lbs., it may be slightly too large to place besides oneself on a desk, though it is likely better as a printer to be networked and shared rather than as a standalone device. In terms of an interface, the LaserJet Pro M452dw offers users a well-designed 3.0" LCD to navigate machine menus and functions.
This device offers plenty of possibilities for connecting and printing from virtually anywhere. It offers the standard native options such as Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB in addition to multiple ways to access the device from mobile devices. Among mobile options are HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint, Wi-Fi Direct, and Google Cloud Print. For those with NFC-enabled Android devices, there is also built-in NFC (near field communication) as an option which will allow tap-and-print functionality. For those with files on a USB stick, there is a front-side port which allows direct printing of MS Word and PowerPoint without the need of a PC. Between all of these options, users have ample means to print and share documents.
Definitely among the strengths of the LaserJet Pro M452dw is the expandable paper capacity which can keep up with even the busiest small and home offices. In its standard configuration, paper capacity is rated for 300 sheets divided between a 250-sheet main input tray and 50-sheet multipurpose tray. For users that need further input volume, an additional 550-sheet tray can be purchased for $149.99, bringing total input capacity to 850 sheets. As a single-function unit, it lacks an automatic document feeder, but does provide automatic two-sided printing. It offers crisp document resolution of up to 600 x 600 dpi, or up to 38,400 x 600 enhanced dpi. Recommended monthly page volume is anywhere from 750-4,000 pages with a maximum monthly duty cycle of up to 50,000 pages.
The LaserJet Pro M452dw takes four individual toner cartridges, each of which utilizes HP JetIntelligence technology to get the most pages possible from a single cartridge. For added convenience, starter cartridges come pre-installed in the printer, allowing you to jumpstart your work almost immediately upon powering it up for the first time. After these expire—each is rated for up to 1,200 pages—users can choose from either standard or high-capacity replacements. Standard cartridges have estimated yields of up to 2,300 pages, and high-capacity for up to 5,000 pages.
The HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dw is currently available from the company for $499.99 as well as Amazon via the link on the top left. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the HP website.