Summary: After I wrestled it out of its box, it took about 5 minutes to set up the printer: take out the toner cartridge and pull out the plastic strip and adjust the paper tray and put paper in. I connected the printer to my router with an ethernet cable and turned it on. Both my Macs running OS X Mavericks saw the printer and had it set up in seconds. Printing is fast, quality excellent, and it's much quieter than the old Epson laser it's replacing.
Pros: connects to router via ethernet cable. leaves computer usb ports free.
Summary: 5 stars for the PRO 400 M401dne, 1/2 star for the documentation, I printed a 7 page document, and by the time I turned around, the job was done. Biggest problem is very poor documentation. I thought the unit was a totally wireless, however you need a Ethernet cable to attach to the router. I could not get my laptop to print on the network because I needed a new driver which does not exist on the HP website under the PRO 400 name?
Summary: I run a small business (owner/operator with small fleet of trucks). I don't print that incredibly much but a lot of what I do print only requires black and white. I have a Canon PIXMA photo quality scanner/printer that is awesome, but tends to go through ink like crazy. I originally had a HP Laserjet 4 Plus that I picked up at a computer show years ago and worked like a champ.
Pros: First-page-out time is incredibly quick. Manual feeder works very well with envelopes. Navigation through system functions and information displayed on the LCD is really great (this is never a purchase criterion for me, but it's always a delightful surprise). Admin web interface is one of the best I've seen for a printer in this price range. Has required zero maintenance since installation. Fairly small for a 35PPM duplexing printer. Has a bloatware-free driver packag...
Cons: I only mention this because I feel like if I can't come up with a con for something, then I haven't really evaluated it: the manual feeder tray is a little on the flimsy side. I don't really think it's going to snap off or anything, but the paper width sliders are a little wobbly and could be easier to adjust. That being said, it's not a reason to avoid purchasing this printer at all.
Summary: I have been using commercial HP printers for the last 20 years and when I had to buy a printer for myself, Home/small, business I didn't need such a powerful printer but I wanted to have duplexing capabilities and a decent speed. This printer has more than met my expectations.
HP Pro 400 M401dne, extremely fast and quiet laserjet printer
6 February 2014
Summary: I was down to considering two HP laserjet printers to replace my Canon inkjet. The HP 401n and the HP 401dne. The differences were mainly two. The 401dne has twice the memory of the 401n (256MB versus 128MB) and the 401n has manual duplex whereas the 401dne has automatic duplex. Multiple page documents load very quickly and the duplex function works exceptionally well.