HP LaserJet Pro 400 M410dn - Performance and Verdict

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HP LaserJet Pro 400 M410dn – Print Speeds

HP rates the LaserJet Pro 400 M410dn at 33ppm, but in our 5-page text test, it only managed 15.8ppm, though this increased to 23.5ppm with the more substantial 20-page text document. Even this top speed isn’t very close to HP’s claim, though it is faster than either its Samsung or Brother rivals.

It managed 17.7ppm on the 5-page text and graphics test and 13.0 sides per minute when the 20-page document was printed duplex. It took 11s to print a 15 x 10cm photo from a PC and 9s to do it from an image on a USB drive.
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HP LaserJet Pro 400 M410dn – Print Quality and Costs

The quality of text print is very good, completely clean of any toner spatter and with crisp, well-defined characters. Greyscale business graphics are also clear and well defined and there are enough grey shades to reproduce colours in an original effectively. There’s a little bit of banding in filled areas, but nothing to complain about.

Photo reproduction is also good, with smooth transitions in skies and even some detail in shadows, which is often lost in mono laser prints. The printer is quieter than several of its rivals, peaking at 61dBA at 0.5m.

The two drum and toner cartridges come as either 2,700 or 6,900 page units and using the high capacity version gives a cost per page of 2.5p. This is marginally lower than from its competitors, but is very dependent on the online consumable price you can find on the day.

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Should you buy an HP LaserJet Pro 400 M410dn?

We’ve looked at three other mono lasers recently, which are direct competition for this HP machine. The Samsung Xpress M2835DW isn’t as quick as this machine, but does include wireless connection and is roughly £20 cheaper.

Brother’s HL-2270DW is another contender, even cheaper than the Samsung and with similar speed. Dell’s recommended B2360d is quite basic when it comes to connections, but is the fastest of the four by a considerable margin. The HP machine is the cheapest to run and has that touchscreen.

Verdict

HP’s LaserJet Pro 400 M410dn is a good mono laser for general small office use. It prints quickly, produces good text, graphics and photo prints and is comparatively cheap to run, though it lacks a wireless connection. It’s winning feature is the full colour touchscreen control panel, which opens up a lot of extra functionality.

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