Reviewed on: May 2017
Any small-to-medium office that needs a mono printer that just prints. There's no other special functionality over here, other than a duplexer for printing on 2-sides, so if you want scanning or copying look elsewhere.
Please note this printer can have the model codes M402dw or M402dn. The DW variant has wireless, the DN variant only has an ethernet port. Make sure to buy the network capability you need.
Features & Connectivity
The HP M402dn is... a simple machine. The base feature set is:
- 250-sheet paper tray
- 100-sheet multipurpose tray
- Output tray that can hold 150 sheets
You also enjoy wireless, wireless direct, NFC capability and Cloud printing if you purchase the M402dw, otherwise you just get an ethernet port with the M402dn model. Either model you buy is still a small machine, more than suitable for sitting on a desk in a small office.
Print Speed & Quality
The print quality on the HP M402 models is around a 7/10. It's not the ultimate in professional crispness that you might see in but that's not what this printer is. The M402 is an ideal balance of cost, speed, quality and ease of us; and for that purpose HP have nailed it.
Don't let this rating mislead you though, the print quality is more than good enough for nearly any office requirement. Handouts will be good enough, reports & graphs will be fine. Obviously there's no colour from the printer, but the black and grey variants are more than acceptable for personal use or small offices.
Print speed is an impressively fast 17-20 pages per minute, but don't be mislead by HP's typically bogus claims of print speed; up to 40 pages per minute in their ratings. The sooner manufacturers release accurate page speed measurements the better. 17 pages per minute is no slouch though and, for the types of offices that would be buying this sized printer, is more than adequate.
Cartridges & Running Costs
Cartridge choices for the M402 come in two (significantly different) capacities. The smaller, standard capacity cartridge gives you a yield of up to 3,100 pages, more than enough for any lower volume users. The larger cartridge has a huge yield of up to 9,000 pages, nearly 3x the capacity that makes this machine perfect for busier offices that still want a printer with a small footprint.
This increased yield obviously translates to a cheaper running cost on the higher capacity cartridge, with an expected running cost around 1.5p per page (ex vat). This cost plummets if you're willing to use our (excellent) compatible cartridges. One of the high capacity cartridges gives a phenomenally low cost per page of around 0.6p, an absolute bargain.
The drum is built into the toner so there are no other consumable costs to consider, giving this HP a very favourable overall running cost compared to alternative Samsung choices.
Who Should Buy This Printer?
Any office that wants a simple, easy to use mono printer but want to use the HP brand. There are an awful lot of mono printer choices out of there for small offices and this printer is up there with the best choices.