Gets pricey as print volumes climb
By William Harrel – September 3, 2020
THE BOTTOM LINE
An entry-level to mid-volume color laser, HP’s Color LaserJet Pro M454dw is well-suited for printing a few hundred pages monthly in a small-office or workgroup setting.
HP’s Color LaserJet Pro M454dw ($449.99) is a single-function color laser printer designed for use in small to midsize offices and workgroups. It’s similar in features, volume, and capacity to two current Editors’ Choices, the Brother HL-L8260CDW and the inkjet-based “laser alternative” Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5290. While this LaserJet is a solid machine with terrific-looking output, it costs almost twice as much as the Epson, and its running costs are significantly higher. If you require relatively low-volume, top-quality laser (toner-based) output, the M454dw is a decent choice. But if you produce several hundred to thousands of pages each month, you can find better values.
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