Test Center Head-to-Head: 4 Multifunction Printers


With its sturdy construction, versatile functionality, great utilities and solid mobile printing solution, HP's LaserJet Pro 400 MFP M425dn would be the safest $500 you've ever invested. The 425 was among the fastest and easiest printers to set up and configure. And its touch-panel control and intuitive interface are icing on the cake for this black-only MFP for the small-to-midsize office or department. For $499 list, HP delivers a two-sided PCL/PostScript laser printer with high-resolution black-and-white copier, color scanner and fax that's easy to install, set up and use locally or over a network or the web with a free ePrint mobile app. The 425 has a duty cycle of 50,000 pages a month, and the printer and copier cranked out pages at a full 35 ppm. Placing an original in the 50-sheet auto feeder wakes it up from sleep. Two-button presses and 10 seconds later, a perfect duplicate appears in the 150-sheet output bin. A multipurpose tray can hold 50 sheets or 10 envelopes; another 500-sheet tray is $125. Also included are installers, remote management and diagnostics tools well integrated with Mac OS X and Windows. This HP MFP is worth a serious look.


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