As soon as the speed of a printer or all-in-one goes up, the price soars and HP’s LaserJet Pro 400 MFP M425dw is no exception. It does have several redeeming features to justify its high price, though, including full duplex for print, scan and copy, as well as a touchscreen. Unsurprisingly given all that performance, it’s intended for small business or a small workgroup use.
Design & Features
All black and with a bold, functional design, it has a mainly textured finish, but with a gloss panel up the left-hand side and over the top, which gives it a touch more style than the most grey and boring office printers. The 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) on the top has a high profile, partly due to the fact that it’s fitted with twin scan heads. This means it can scan both sides of a page in a single pass - just part of what makes this machine so fast.
The control panel consists of an 89mm touchscreen with dedicated touch buttons down either side and sits on a short stalk to the right of the paper output tray. The printer’s compatible with HP’s ePrint, so you can download and use most of the printer-specific Apps available there; things like Dilbert ToDo lists and Motley Fool deals of the day.
A 250-sheet paper tray slots in at the bottom of the front panel and a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray folds down from above it. A 500-sheet second tray is available as an option. For a reason best known to HP, it has put a purely cosmetic moulded panel on the front of the machine.
There’s a USB socket low on the left-hand side of the front panel, which works for both printing and scanning, and another at the rear, along with a gigabit Ethernet port. There are phone and phone line sockets for the fax, there, too.
The printer offers HP’s Smart Install, which enables drivers to be auto-installed from the printer when you connect via USB, but there’s a driver CD, too, which includes HP’s own Scan and Fax utilities, and a copy of ReadIRIS for OCR. The HP LaserJet Pro 400 MFP M425dw – such a catchy name – can scan straight to PDF, email or a network folder.
There’s a single integrated drum and toner cartridge, which slots in from the front-top and is a very quick-change item.