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Printer Primer, HP Laserjet Pro M402dw
February 17, 2016
Back in September, HP launched four different series of laser printers aimed at different audiences. The newest entry-level monochrome devices are the M402 series of printers which come in three configurations: N (network only), DN (duplex with networking), and DW(duplex with wireless connectivity. For today’s piece, we are going to focus on the latter, the LaserJet Pro M402dw. A single-function monochrome laser, it provides users rapid printing at speeds of up to 40 ISO ppm which is very impressive for a printer in its price range. First page out speeds on the device are also impressive at under 7 seconds according to HP specs. The interface consists of a 2-line backlit LCD graphic display and a few other buttons for toggling through machine menus and functions. It is also fairly compact, measuring just 15" x 14.06" x 8.5" and less than 19lbs. in its base configuration, which expands to 15" x 25" x 9.5" at its max (given the addition of an optional third paper tray).
The LaserJet Pro M402dw provides a variety of connection options designed with all users in mind. Standard built-in connections include USB 2.0, USB key, and Ethernet among wired options. As we noted above, one of the big draws of the unit is its wireless printing capability which includes both standard Wi-Fi over a local network as well as options for mobile printing. With the printer’s unique email address powered by HP ePrint, sending print jobs to the device is as easy as adding an attachment to an email. Users with mobile devices can connect directly to the printer via Wi-Fi Direct, Google Cloud Print, various mobile apps, and Apple AirPrint (restricted to iOS devices). The LaserJet Pro M402 has also been certified by Mopria, an organization working to standardize the mobile printing experience.
The paper handling on the device is also very robust. Standard input capacity is rated for up to 350 sheets divided between a 100-sheet multipurpose tray and 250-sheet input tray. For those requiring additional capacity, a third, optional 550-sheet capacity input tray can be purchased for $140, bringing total input to 900 sheets. Users will also undoubtedly appreciate the automatic two-sided printing with is built into the device, helping to reduce paper waste and be more eco-friendly. Print jobs are powered by a 1200MHz processor, 128MB of DRAM, and 128MB of NAND Flash memory. The maximum monthly duty cycle on the LaserJet Pro M402dw is up to 80,000 pages each month, with a recommended volume of between 750-4,000 sheets.
As as a monochrome laser, the HP LaserJet Pro M402dw requires only a single black toner cartridge for its prints. For convenience, it comes with a 3,100 page standard yield cartridge pre-installed so users can get right down to business after setting up the device. For a higher volume printing environment, there is a 9,000-page high yield cartridge which will deliver a lower cost per page. The toner is part of new formulation HP introduced at the same time as the printers designed to provide consistently crisp, precise text and monochrome graphics with every print.
Currently the HP LaserJet Pro M402 is available on from the company for $349.99 (less once in the shopping cart) 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.