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HP LaserJet Pro M476dn review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £317
inc VAT

HP's LaserJet Pro M476dn is a mixed bag, ultimately let down by high print costs


Sluggishness aside, the touchscreen menu is extremely easy to use, particularly when it comes to making direct prints and scans – usually it’s just a matter of tapping a couple of times. You can scan to USB while the printer is serving network print jobs. Like other HP devices, there’s the usual comprehensive support for mobile and Cloud prints and scans, including native iOS printing via iPrint and an Android print service, and apps covering both printing and scanning. The Android All-in-One Remote app is simple and flexible, allowing us to start scanning a document while the printer was still serving a test print.

The M476dn produced exceptional text in our tests, with extremely sharp outlines even under magnification. It made a decent job of graphics and photos, too, although these were a touch under-saturated, and our black and white photo was a little lacking in shade detail. This isn’t an especially  quick printer – particularly given that it was prone to pausing mid-job and displaying ‘cleaning’ – but it produced 25 pages of text at a rate of 16.7 pages per minute (ppm), and managed a more impressive 12.7ppm in our mixed colour graphics test.

The M476dn’s scanner is rapid enough at low resolution, capturing an A4 page at 300dpi in 13 seconds, but it’s less impressive at the maximum 1,200dpi, taking almost two minutes over a single 6×4″ photo. Photocopies were quick, particularly over multiple pages using the ADF: we timed a 10-page mono copy at just 43 seconds. Copy quality was fairly good, although colour copies looked better if we lightened them by a couple of stops.

We often find ourselves criticising scans from HP MFPs for looking artificial, but the effect was much less pronounced here. Certainly our 300dpi document scan looked fine, and although photo scans appeared to have been processed, it was more subtle than usual. This scanner struggled to pick out the darkest shades in our test images, but scans to a PC or USB drive were still easily good enough for most purposes.

The M476 uses just four consumables, with high-yield 4,400-page black cartridges available alongside 2,700-page colour supplies. Using these, costs work out at 1.7p per black page and 10.7p for a black and colour print, which is quite expensive. Though it has no great faults, this printer’s strengths aren’t enough to offset these costs, leaving it something of an also-ran.

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TechnologySingle-pass colour laser
Maximum print resolution600x600dpi
Maximum optical scan resolution (output bit depth)1,200×1,200dpi (24 bit)
Number of colours (cartridges)4 (4)
Standard interfacesUSB, Ethernet, USB Host
Optional interfacesNone
Dimensions (HxWxD)500x420x484mm
Duty cycle (pages per month)40,000 (max), 1,000-2,500 (recommended)
Paper handling
Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight220gsm
Standard paper trays (capacity)2 (300)
Maximum paper trays (capacity)3 (550)
Automatic Document Feeder capacity50
Supported operating systemsWindows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.6 or later, various Linux distributions, Android, iOS
Other features8.9cm colour touchscreen
Buying information
WarrantyOne year RTB
Consumable parts and pricesHigh-yield black cartridge 312X (4,400 pages) £74. Cyan cartridge 312A £80, magenta cartridge 312A £80, yellow cartridge 312A £82, 2,700 pages each
Quoted life of supplied black toner1,200 pages (ISO/IEC 19798)
Quoted life of supplied colour toner1,200 pages (ISO/IEC 19798)
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT10.7p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (colour part)9.0p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (mono part)1.7p
Capacity of supplied drum/s (pages)N/A
Part codeCF386A