HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn : Unbeleivable value

Installation instructions provided in 19 languages but not english. The cynical might assume that the english language instructions had been removed rather than hp having left them out.

Fantastic printer, replaced a 2025 (as others have). Fantastic printer, replaced a 2025 (as others have), swapped the spot it sat in, used the same cables, took off the old printer from 2 pc’s, switched it on, added the printer to two pc’s (i windows & 1 mac). Bought from i love going shopping on amazon, we run a holiday lodge business in the highlands of scotland, so delivery can be so-so. Not in this case under 24hrs from order to delivery. . Buy one, you wont regret it.

Great printer, excellent quality printing. . A great printer with excellent quality printing, however, you need to bear in mind that if you intend to use hp original toner when the originals run out it will cost you more than the original printer for the set of four. Here are the specifications for the HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn:

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Nice and quick, great colour photos, shame it doesn’t have a wireless networking card. Bought to replace an aging samsung clp-510 colour laser that had started producing unusably streaky output (fair enough after nearly 9 years service). Easy to set up, although i’d recommend configuring the installation process to omit all the usual undesired ‘extra value’ dross (no, i don’t want to change my browser search bar thanks). Slightly surprised it didn’t have a wireless network card, so i put it on a wired connection into my home hub, with a fixed ip. The installer successfully ‘found’ the printer but i had to tweak my wireless gateway slightly before i could actually print to it: the key was to enable ‘upnp’ and ‘multimedia streams’. Up and running the printer is pleasingly quick and precise, but what’s really impressed me is the results with colour photos. Things have clearly moved on a lot since i bought the samsung so many years ago :-).

A laser printer for home use. I’ve used hp printers for years at work. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for. The printer is 20+ kg so make sure you sit it on a proper office table and not one used for playing cards on or for camping. Replacing the cartridges will be a bit of a cough but from experience its better to put in the genuine cartridges. I’ve tried the cloned ones and they leak or only last 2/3 as long. I think if you are disciplined on what you print off instead of just printing everything then printing costs are acceptable. (just look in the workplace)how much paper is recycled every day and ask yourself if you wre paying for the printer ink would you think twice before pressing ‘print’?.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Excelent Printer, Poor Pricing Policy
  • So Far an Excellent Printer
  • Solid well built work horse colour printer

Good quality printer at a fair price.

I bought this printer to replace an ageing epson inkjet – much more expensive of course, but i hoped for better, more trouble-free use. Setting up was trivially easy and the printer connected straightaway to pcs and ipads both ethernet and wirelessly without any fuss. The airprinting from the ipads was refreshingly simple. I chose a fixed ip address for convenience as i have a linux setup too and the printer has never hiccuped in connectivity since i installed it. On-line reviews like to quibble about clarity of vanishingly small print but i can tell you that even on 6-point, black and white text is very sharp. Colour printing is similarly clear and well aligned. Photographs on glossy paper don’t measure up to inkjet quality for richness of colour but even on plain paper they are surprisingly good, much better than the washy-washy efforts of early colour lasers.

One comment on “HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn : Unbeleivable value

  1. A good value office printer have purchased a few of these for my staff, generally last about 2 years then hoof them into a skip.
  2. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    A good value office printer have purchased a few of these for my staff, generally last about 2 years then hoof them into a skip.
  3. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    The good thing is that it does not stop printing just. Lovely printer, just a pity about the cost of the toner, however as a low user, i am not affected too badly. The good thing is that it does not stop printing just because it estimates the toner has been used up.
  4. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    The good thing is that it does not stop printing just. Lovely printer, just a pity about the cost of the toner, however as a low user, i am not affected too badly. The good thing is that it does not stop printing just because it estimates the toner has been used up.
  5. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    Usual excellent performance and i anticipate long service i’ve previously experienced. Cannot fault the speed or quality of the printing. Usual excellent performance and i anticipate long service i’ve previously experienced with hp. The only frustration is the frequent reminders to replace the toner, which does slow print jobs down the first few times you ignore the low toner warnings. The toner lasts way beyond that, so you soon get used to ignoring that. Removing the ‘low’ toner and giving it a good shake and tap prolongs the life significantly.
  6. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    Usual excellent performance and i anticipate long service i’ve previously experienced. Cannot fault the speed or quality of the printing. Usual excellent performance and i anticipate long service i’ve previously experienced with hp. The only frustration is the frequent reminders to replace the toner, which does slow print jobs down the first few times you ignore the low toner warnings. The toner lasts way beyond that, so you soon get used to ignoring that. Removing the ‘low’ toner and giving it a good shake and tap prolongs the life significantly.
  7. Solid replacement model for hp cp2025 laserjet. Replacement for my old hp cp2025 laserjet. Very happy with the results – shame i couldn’t use my old (expensive) cartridges on a mostly identical printer but not surprised.
    1. Solid replacement model for hp cp2025 laserjet. Replacement for my old hp cp2025 laserjet. Very happy with the results – shame i couldn’t use my old (expensive) cartridges on a mostly identical printer but not surprised.
      1. I am really pleased with this printer. It is exactly as described and is very fast for a printer this size and in this range. The colours are vibrant and perfectly acceptable for a laser printer and black text is sharp and bold. The automatic double-sided printing is really useful, and the actual print driver and options are very easy to navigate on whichever application you are using. I have used powerline adapters in this setup so that i could have the printer networked but not next to the router. This works perfectly and it is so simple to send something to print from another room knowing that it will have printed by the time you get to the printer. I haven’t tried printing on other media yet (ie card/photo paper), though i have printed on a sheet of labels and this worked absolutely fine. Overall this printer has definitely been a worth-while purchase for me. As i already knew though having read others’ reviews before buying it, the toners are very expensive, so it is likely i will just buy compatibles for less that half the price.
  8. I am really pleased with this printer. It is exactly as described and is very fast for a printer this size and in this range. The colours are vibrant and perfectly acceptable for a laser printer and black text is sharp and bold. The automatic double-sided printing is really useful, and the actual print driver and options are very easy to navigate on whichever application you are using. I have used powerline adapters in this setup so that i could have the printer networked but not next to the router. This works perfectly and it is so simple to send something to print from another room knowing that it will have printed by the time you get to the printer. I haven’t tried printing on other media yet (ie card/photo paper), though i have printed on a sheet of labels and this worked absolutely fine. Overall this printer has definitely been a worth-while purchase for me. As i already knew though having read others’ reviews before buying it, the toners are very expensive, so it is likely i will just buy compatibles for less that half the price.
  9. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    Great quality, not very fast, fake low toner panic. Print quality is superb even on pretty cheap copying paper, but if you run off 50 copies of something, you’ll be drinking a lot of coffee, so if high speed is important, a different hp printer may be best. My first use of the fold-out special tray was for ohp transparencies and these printed beautifully. It has the usual exaggeration about how soon your toner will run out – i’ve now deducted a star for this aspect. Here’s the timeline: 28 feb: printer delivered with usual low-volume starter toner cartridge. 30 april: first low toner warnings about black cartridge (implying that it would run out in the next fortnight or so). 25 june: first noticeable loss of print quality.
    1. Great quality, not very fast, fake low toner panic. Print quality is superb even on pretty cheap copying paper, but if you run off 50 copies of something, you’ll be drinking a lot of coffee, so if high speed is important, a different hp printer may be best. My first use of the fold-out special tray was for ohp transparencies and these printed beautifully. It has the usual exaggeration about how soon your toner will run out – i’ve now deducted a star for this aspect. Here’s the timeline: 28 feb: printer delivered with usual low-volume starter toner cartridge. 30 april: first low toner warnings about black cartridge (implying that it would run out in the next fortnight or so). 25 june: first noticeable loss of print quality.
      1. So far an excellent printer. Had a relatively large colour document run to make and my inkjet (hp envy100) managed about one copy at best quality in 20 mins plus jamming once in a while on multiple runs. With 54 reports (6 reports 9 copies) and about 1500 sides to print, not really an option. Naturally a copy shop would be quicker but i needed to check all before sending and the timescales were tight. Set up, including un-boxing about half an hour (much quicker and easier than my default hp2025dn which had driver issues and took a while to set up for duplexing). It doesn’t say explicitly in the instructions set up either direct (usb) or network via wired network,but no doubt there are problems if you try to do both. Speed and print quality are excellent and duplexing easy to set up. Its now printed about 1500 sheets so time to order some new cartridges. Prices about par (relatively good on amazon), seems slightly cheaper to buy them (the four) individually.
  10. So far an excellent printer. Had a relatively large colour document run to make and my inkjet (hp envy100) managed about one copy at best quality in 20 mins plus jamming once in a while on multiple runs. With 54 reports (6 reports 9 copies) and about 1500 sides to print, not really an option. Naturally a copy shop would be quicker but i needed to check all before sending and the timescales were tight. Set up, including un-boxing about half an hour (much quicker and easier than my default hp2025dn which had driver issues and took a while to set up for duplexing). It doesn’t say explicitly in the instructions set up either direct (usb) or network via wired network,but no doubt there are problems if you try to do both. Speed and print quality are excellent and duplexing easy to set up. Its now printed about 1500 sheets so time to order some new cartridges. Prices about par (relatively good on amazon), seems slightly cheaper to buy them (the four) individually.
  11. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    Excelent printer, poor pricing policy. This printer does everything you ask of it and it does it well, the only problem is the toner cartridge’s. The printer comes with “introductory” toner cartridge’s that hold a lot less than standard ones and a full set of standard ones will cost more than the printer. This is purely a marketing ploy as they expect to make their money on replacement toner at what i think is an inflated price. I would like to know the difference in manufacturing costs between introductory and standard toner, i would bet it isn’t much. That said a lot of manufacturers do the same and the one thing that this printer does that many others don’t is it will carry on printing until the toner is empty not when the little chip that they have fitted thinks it is empty. As for the printer it is easy to set up has network and usb compatibility and you can print to it from mobile devices using hp eprint. Had mine seven months now and the black has just about run out (well the chip thinks it has but it is still printing) and i have not had one single paper jam using plain & glossy paper as well as card and envelopes. Overall a very good printer. Note the introductory toners are not just standard cartridge’s filled with less toner they physically have less capacity. ***update***it is now december 2013 and although the toner is showing empty and keeps reminding me every 50 pages it is still going strong, i must have printed over 200+ pages since the “chip” told me the black was empty. But other than that not had any problems and has handled everything i have thrown at it with no problems.
  12. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    Excelent printer, poor pricing policy. This printer does everything you ask of it and it does it well, the only problem is the toner cartridge’s. The printer comes with “introductory” toner cartridge’s that hold a lot less than standard ones and a full set of standard ones will cost more than the printer. This is purely a marketing ploy as they expect to make their money on replacement toner at what i think is an inflated price. I would like to know the difference in manufacturing costs between introductory and standard toner, i would bet it isn’t much. That said a lot of manufacturers do the same and the one thing that this printer does that many others don’t is it will carry on printing until the toner is empty not when the little chip that they have fitted thinks it is empty. As for the printer it is easy to set up has network and usb compatibility and you can print to it from mobile devices using hp eprint. Had mine seven months now and the black has just about run out (well the chip thinks it has but it is still printing) and i have not had one single paper jam using plain & glossy paper as well as card and envelopes. Overall a very good printer. Note the introductory toners are not just standard cartridge’s filled with less toner they physically have less capacity. ***update***it is now december 2013 and although the toner is showing empty and keeps reminding me every 50 pages it is still going strong, i must have printed over 200+ pages since the “chip” told me the black was empty. But other than that not had any problems and has handled everything i have thrown at it with no problems.
    1. It always amazes me how cheap these printers are now – when you look what’s inside and the quality of what they produce. So it has to be paid for somehow and that’s the trick – one set of consumables is virtually the price of the printer if you go original. . But then at that price you can risk 1/2 decent compatible toner cartridges and if the worst happens due to a dodgy batch of toner you’ve probably had a few good years at a fair price.
  13. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    It always amazes me how cheap these printers are now – when you look what’s inside and the quality of what they produce. So it has to be paid for somehow and that’s the trick – one set of consumables is virtually the price of the printer if you go original. . But then at that price you can risk 1/2 decent compatible toner cartridges and if the worst happens due to a dodgy batch of toner you’ve probably had a few good years at a fair price.
    1. A laser printer for home use. I’ve used hp printers for years at work. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for. The printer is 20+ kg so make sure you sit it on a proper office table and not one used for playing cards on or for camping. Replacing the cartridges will be a bit of a cough but from experience its better to put in the genuine cartridges. I’ve tried the cloned ones and they leak or only last 2/3 as long. I think if you are disciplined on what you print off instead of just printing everything then printing costs are acceptable. (just look in the workplace)how much paper is recycled every day and ask yourself if you wre paying for the printer ink would you think twice before pressing “print”?.
  14. This review is from : HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn – printer – colour – laser

    A laser printer for home use. I’ve used hp printers for years at work. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for. The printer is 20+ kg so make sure you sit it on a proper office table and not one used for playing cards on or for camping. Replacing the cartridges will be a bit of a cough but from experience its better to put in the genuine cartridges. I’ve tried the cloned ones and they leak or only last 2/3 as long. I think if you are disciplined on what you print off instead of just printing everything then printing costs are acceptable. (just look in the workplace)how much paper is recycled every day and ask yourself if you wre paying for the printer ink would you think twice before pressing “print”?.

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