HP DeskWriter 400 Ink Cartridges

Compatible HP Models:

  • 400
HP DeskWriter 400

HP 400 Printer Review

The HP DeskWriter 400 is an entry-level inkjet printer that favors cost-efficiency over flexibility, making it a good fit for only occasional personal printing. One reason it can't be recommended for anything demanding is its slow output speeds, able to print up to 3 pages per minute for monochrome documents and 2 pages per minute for color. Limited paper handling, small-capacity DeskWriter 400 printer ink and its short range of features also keep this machine to lower volumes, but users looking to bring a simple color printer to their home will enjoy this machine's affordability.

Weighing only 6 pounds and measuring just 13x6x7 inches, the 400 is nearly as compact as mobile printers. Since the unit lacks wireless print options, however, it will need a computer that runs Mac or Windows operating systems to print jobs. Users can connect their computer to the 400 by hooking it up to its wired parallel port, but this dated option may require users to purchase an additional adapter.

The device can accept standard media types like plain paper, card stock, envelopes and labels, but its small input capacity of 50 pages will cause users to frequently replace paper. Adding this with its maximum monthly duty cycle of approximately 420 pages and built-in RAM of 16 KB means the 400 is equipped to handle light-duty printing needs only.

To help manage color distribution, the unit incorporates ColorSmart print technology that allows it to print graphics and photos with accurate detail and a resolution of 600x300 dpi using HP 400 ink. Text documents print just a touch below par, but the maximum resolution of 300x300 dpi using black DeskWriter 400 ink should support internal jobs.

One common complaint found with this device is its costly supplies, which package cyan, magenta and yellow printer ink into a single HP 400 ink cartridge and black into a separate supply. These HP 400 ink cartridges won't last long, printing only 640 pages with the tricolor supply and around 790 pages for the black supply.

The 400's basic design can be attributed to the fact that it's an older model that hasn't been updated to include common features seen in today's single-function printers, such as versatile connectivity, more ample paper handling and on-board control tools. If users manage to find this inkjet printer for purchase, it should only be used for the most basic and infrequent jobs, but buyers are advised to seek out more modern devices.