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HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 01, 2020 at 10:52 am
HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw Picture
6.0
Family
7.3
Small/Home Office
7.3
Student
8.5
Black & White
6.7
Casual Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw is a decent color laser printer for small offices. Like most laser models, it has an exceptionally high black and color page yield, which leads to fewer replacements of the toner cartridges and a lower cost-per-print. It has excellent printing speed, supports the most common paper sizes, and can automatically perform duplex printing. It's very well-built, and its outstanding connectivity options include support for AirPrint, Mopria, and USB thumb drives. The mobile app is decent, but unfortunately, it can't print Microsoft Office files. Also, its lack of a scanner might be a problem for some offices, and its poor photo printing quality makes it less ideal for family use.

Our Verdict

6.0 Family

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw is mediocre for family use. Although its cost-per-print for black-only printing is remarkably low, the color toner cartridges are fairly expensive, which adds up quickly over time if you frequently print in color. Also, it doesn't have a scanner, and its photo printing quality is poor.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Excellent color accuracy.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Poor photo printing quality.
  • Mobile app can't print Microsoft Office files.
7.3 Small/Home Office

Theย HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw printer is decent for small or home offices. It yields a high number of black and color pages, and it prints quickly, making it ideal for offices that regularly print in bulk. It supports most paper sizes and provides easy access to paper jams. However, the lack of a scanner might be a dealbreaker for some offices.

Pros
  • Exceptional black and color page yield.
  • Excellent printing speed.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Mobile app can't print Microsoft Office files.
7.3 Student

Theย HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw is decent for student use. It has outstanding connectivity options, including support for AirPrint, Mopria, and USB thumb drives. It's relatively cheap to print in black, but it can get costly if you print in color often. Unfortunately, it lacks a scanner, and HP's mobile app doesn't support Microsoft Office files.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Excellent printing speed.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Mobile app can't print Microsoft Office files.
8.5 Black & White

Theย HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw is excellent for printing black and white documents due to its high page yield and low cost-per-print. It takes a while to get the first page of a document out, but it prints subsequent pages much faster once it's warmed up.

Pros
  • Exceptional black and color page yield.
  • Excellent printing speed.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • No scanner.
6.7 Casual Photo

Theย HP M454dw is okay for printing photos. It has excellent color accuracy, but there's a lot of graininess in the pictures, and they lack fine detail. The color cartridges are somewhat expensive, though, so it can get very costly if you print a lot.

Pros
  • Excellent printing speed.
  • Excellent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Poor photo printing quality.
  • Can't print on 2" x 3".
  • 6.0 Family
  • 7.3 Small/Home Office
  • 7.3 Student
  • 8.5 Black & White
  • 6.7 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Dec 01, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 26, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
8.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw has an excellent build and design, almost identical to the HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw. It's entirely made out of plastic, but it feels sturdy and there are no loose parts. The power cord is removable, making it easy to replace should it get damaged. It provides easy access to the toner cartridges, and you don't need to turn the printer on to change them. Paper jams are accessible through a removable hatch on the back.

Design
Dimensions
Height 11.5" (29.2 cm)
Width 16.1" (41.0 cm)
Depth 18.5" (47.0 cm)
Weight
41.7 lbs (18.9 kg)

The HP 454dw is fairly compact since it doesn't have a scanner, but despite its small size, it's very heavy.

7.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.7" (6.8 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The display screen is good. It's relatively large and visible whether you're standing or sitting. It's touch-sensitive, and there are three additional buttons on the left side. It's a bit laggy and unresponsive at times, and the interface is tedious to navigate as you have to repeatedly swipe down from the top to access the various settings.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • USB-A to USB-B cable
  • User guide
  • Set of HP 414A toner and drum units:
    • 1 x HP Blk W2020A Black toner/drum unit
    • 1 x HP C W2021A Cyan toner/drum unit
    • 1 x HP Y W2022A Yellow toner/drum unit
    • 1 x HP M W2023A Magenta toner/drum unit

9.4
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
HP 414A Black
Tested Black Page Yield
156.84 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
2,980 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 414A C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
88 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
1,872 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
X
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

The HP LaserJet Pro M454dw has an exceptional cartridge system. It has an incredibly high black and color page yield, which means you don't have to replace the toner cartridges as frequently. We didn't test any third-party toner cartridges because HP only recommends using their cartridges.

0
Design
Scanner
Scanner
No
Scan Flatbed
No
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
N/A
Scan Color Depth
N/A
Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
No

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw doesn't have a scanner.

Printing
8.3
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
84.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
329.97 US$
Black Only Printing
0.029 US$/print
Color Printing
0.176 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.468 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The HP LaserJet Pro M454dw's cost-per-print is great. Due to its high black page yield, the black toner cartridge doesn't need frequent replacement, which helps keep the cost of black-only printing low in the long run. However, the color cartridges need to be replaced more often, so the cost of color printing rises much faster the more you print. All the cartridges are somewhat expensive but keep in mind that the drum unit is built into the cartridge, so you don't have to replace it manually.

8.5
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
24 PPM
Color Document
28 PPM
Photo Printing Time
27.0 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
17.0 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
300 pages

Excellent printing speed. It takes a while to get the first page of a document out, but it picks up speed significantly once it's warmed up. It prints color documents faster than black documents, and photos also come out quickly. The main input tray can hold 250 sheets of paper, while the multi-purpose tray can hold up to 50 sheets. The output tray can hold up to 150 sheets. If you need something that prints faster and has a much larger input tray capacity, check out the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M554dn.

8.5
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
8.18

Color accuracy is excellent; however, most colors are still somewhat inaccurate, especially the greens and blues. It should be fine if you're just adding some colors to a document or chart, but it might not be good enough for those who require exact color reproduction.

5.2
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

Like most laser printers, the HP M454dw has poor photo printing quality. Photos look grainy and lack detail, but on the upside, color accuracy is pretty decent.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent the actual photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

This printer supports most common paper sizes up to the standard legal size.

Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The HP LaserJet Pro M454dw has outstanding connectivity options. The only thing that it's missing is Bluetooth support. HP advertises Bluetooth capability, but it can only be used for the initial setup. The external storage support is only for USB thumb drives, not SD cards.

7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The HP Smart mobile app is decent. It lets you print, copy, and even scan documents using your mobile device's camera. However, it can't print Microsoft Office files, .txt files, and webpages. You can perform maintenance tasks like checking the toner level as well as order replacement toner and supplies.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw. There's an HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dn variant that's almost identical, but it has a two-line LCD screen and lacks wireless connectivity. This printer is part of the HP LaserJet Pro 400 Series of printers and all-in-ones, some of which you can see in the table below.

Model Color   Scanner
M404dw No No
M454dw Yes No
MFP M428fdw No Yes
MFP M479fdw Yes Yes

Our unit was manufactured in July 2019; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP LaserJet Pro M454dw is a decent printer for small or home offices. It has an exceptionally high page yield for both black and color printing, and it prints very quickly. However, the lack of a scanner might be a dealbreaker for some offices, and its poor photo printing quality makes it less ideal for family use. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best laser printers, the best printers for small businesses, and the best office printers.

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw is a variant of the HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw but with a scanner added. The M479fdw also has a higher color page yield and a better display screen. However, the M454dw has a better black page yield, and it's a little faster at printing black and white documents.

HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw

The HIP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw and the HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw are very similar printers. However, the M454dw performs better overall due to its higher page yield and faster printing speed. That said, the M255dw and its toner cartridges are cheaper, making it a better choice for those with a lighter print load.

Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw are both color laser printers, but the Canon is an all-in-one with scanning features, whereas the HP is a printer-only unit. The HP has a much higher page yield, prints faster, and produces much more accurate colors. It can also print directly from USB flash drives and also supports printing on glossy photo paper formats, but despite printing better-quality photos, it's still poor for that use. On the other hand, the Canon has a flatbed scanner with a decent scan resolution and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning, and it can fax.

Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is better than the HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw for most uses. The Canon has a scanner, a better display screen, and better photo printing quality. It also has a lower cost-per-print and a better mobile app. The HP has slightly better color accuracy and prints faster, especially for black-only text documents.

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn perform relatively similarly. The M454dw is slightly smaller and comes with a decent mobile app for home use. It also has better color accuracy and a lot more connectivity options, including wireless ones. That said, the M555dn is better equipped for larger printing jobs: it yields a lot more pages in black and colors and prints much faster. It also has slightly better cost-per-print and a much bigger input tray capacity.

Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw and the Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser are similar in features, as they're both color laser printers that don't include a scanner. The HP is a bit better due to its higher page yield, faster printing speed, and external storage support. On the other hand, the Brother's mobile app allows you to print Microsoft Office files, which the HP's can't.

Lexmark B2236dw

Overall, the HPI Color LaserJet Pro M454dw is much better than the Lexmark B2236dw. The HP has a higher black page yield and a significantly better display screen, and it can print in color. However, the Lexmark has a faster printing speed and a better mobile app.

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