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Comparing HP LaserJet M553n and HP LaserJet Pro M521dn

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  • FEATURES DESIGNED FOR YOUR BUSINESS: color laser printer, 4-line color display with keypad, built-in Ethernet connectivity, 100-sheet multipurpose paper tray and a 550-sheet second paper tray
  • FAST PRINT SPEED: Print up to 40 pages per minute. Prints the first page out in as little as 6 seconds for black, and as fast as 7 seconds for color. Operating temperature range-59 to 81ºF
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  • Fast Efficiency – Finish jobs faster, produce high-quality documents, and simplify scanning and sharing with the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M521dn, a multifunction laser printer designed to provide impressive speed and performance
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Consumer Score
Avg. customer reviews:
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HP LaserJet M553n ranks #71 out of 200.
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6.8
Good
Popularity Score
Somewhat popular
Popularity rank: 110 / 255
61%
Consumer Score
Avg. customer reviews:
3.9 Read reviews
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HP LaserJet Pro M521dn ranks #97 out of 200.
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6.3
Average
Popularity Score
Somewhat popular
Popularity rank: 148 / 255
48%
Consumer score distribution.
HP LaserJet M553n ranks #71 and HP LaserJet Pro M521dn ranks #97

Customers like HP LaserJet M553n somewhat more

HP LaserJet M553n, the cheaper option, tends to get more favorable reviews than HP LaserJet Pro M521dn [ 4.1 vs 3.9 ]. In our awesomeness score HP LaserJet M553n ranks #58 out of 255 and HP LaserJet Pro M521dn ranks #86 out of 255.

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HP LaserJet M553n is more popular

It's fairly safe to say that HP LaserJet M553n is a more popular laser printer, based on its 200+ reviews. In our popularity score HP LaserJet M553n ranks #109 out of 255 and HP LaserJet Pro M521dn ranks #147 out of 255.

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Printing
Print Speed Print speed measures how many pages a printer can print in one minute—in pages per minute, or PPM. This is a manufacturer reported number, so keep in mind that it’s in their best interest to report th ... Show more
40 ppm
Up to 42 ppm
Resolution Resolution, measured in maximum Dots Per Inch or dpi, indicates the relative quality of the print you receive. The more dpi, the sharper the print and the better the quality. Dots per inch quite liter ... Show more
1200 x 1200 dpi
Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
Duty Cycle Duty cycle measures the maximum number of pages a device can print per month. It can range from 5,000 pages for low end, personal printers to 100,000 or more for high-tech office printers. If you prin ... Show more
80,000 pages
75,000 pages
Auto-Duplex Printing Duplex printing refers to the printer’s ability to print on both sides of a sheet of paper, or double-sided. When a printer is auto-duplex capable, it can print double-sided automatically. Manual dupl ... Show more
No
No
Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) The automatic document feeder, or ADF, is a tray that automatically feeds paper into the printer usually for scanning, copying, and sometimes faxing (if the printer has the fax feature). Once a job is ... Show more
No
Yes
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Paper
Paper Handling Not all printers can handle all sizes of paper. If you plan to print photos, envelopes, labels, or other variations from the typical 8.5x11" letter paper, you’ll need a printer that has settings to su ... Show more
  • A5
  • A6
  • Executive
  • JIS B5
  • JIS B6
  • Lega
  • Letter A Size
  • RA4
  • Statement
  • A4
  • Letter
  • Legal
  • Statement
  • Executive
  • Envelope (#9, #10, Monarch, C5, DL, B5, C6)
  • Discrete Custom Sizes: Minimum size 3 x 5 in, Maximum size 8.5 x 14 in
Paper Types Not all printers can handle all types of paper. To print with different paper weights and styles, such as glossy photo paper or thicker card stock, your printer must have settings that support that pa ... Show more
Paper (plain, light, bond, recycled, mid-weight, heavy, mid-weight glossy, heavy glossy, extra heavy, extra heavy glossy, cardstock, card glossy) color transparency, labels, letterhead, envelope, preprinted, prepunched, colored, rough, opaque film, user-defined
  • Bond
  • Color
  • Letterhead
  • Plain
  • Preprinted
  • Pre-punched
  • Recycled
  • Roughnvelopes
  • Labels
  • Cardstock
  • Transparencies
  • User-defined
Number of Trays How many paper trays does the printer have?
5
3
Paper Tray Capacity Paper tray capacity indicates the maximum number of sheets of paper that fit in the tray or document feeder. The main tray will likely hold the most paper; the printer may also have one or more backup ... Show more
650 sheets
1,000 sheets
100-sheet multipurpose tray, 500-sheet input tray 2, Optional 500-sheet tray (add up to 1 trays)
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Scan, Fax, Photocopy

The four main functions of printers are: printing, scanning, photocopying, and faxing. Either your device will be print only, print/scan/copy, or an all-in-one printer that does printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. Note that scanning and copying almost always come together, since the hardware for these features overlaps significantly. Generally speaking, all-in-one printers are larger, so those with space constraints may find this to be an inconvenience. Additionally, printers with a fax feature are typically more expensive. It would be wise to only consider this feature if you plan to fax often. If not, you’ll be satisfied with a print/scan/copy device.

Scanning Does this printer include a scanner?
No
Yes
Type of Scanner If the printer comes with scanning capabilities, there are two possible methods to scan documents: on a flatbed scanner or through a feeder. A flatbed scanner is a sheet of glass on top of the scanner ... Show more
n/a
Flatbed
ADF
Scanner Features Do you plan to scan documents, and if so, what do you want to do with your scan? Scan to email allows you to scan a document and email it to yourself or someone else. Scan to image or PDF allows you t ... Show more
N/A
  • Scan Resolution = Up to 300, 600, 1200 dpi
  • Maximum Scan Size = 216 x 297 mm
  • Scan Speed: B/W = Up to 19 ppm; Color = Up to 15 ppm
Photocopying Can this printer be used as a photocopier?
No
Yes
Faxing Does this printer include the ability to send/receive faxes?
No
Yes
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Connectivity
Network Connectivity Network printers can be wired or wireless. A printer with a wired network connection uses an Ethernet cord that connects directly to your router. A wireless printer connects to your home or office Wi- ... Show more
Yes
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port; built-in Fast Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-TX network port
Yes
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Device, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Host, Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-TX
Wifi Direct Wi-Fi direct allows your Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as your smartphone, computer, or tablet, to connect to your printer without using a wireless router or network. You can connect to your printer dir ... Show more
No
No
Cable Connectivity Outside of Wi-Fi, there are a number of ways a device can connect to a printer. If the printer is not wireless, you’ll have to connect to your printer via USB cable. Some people prefer using the wired ... Show more
4 pin USB Type A RJ-45
USB cable
Print from Mobile If you would like to be able to print directly from your smartphone or tablet, you will have to do so through software like AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, or from a brand-specific mobile app like Br ... Show more
HP ePrint; Apple AirPrint; Mopria-certified
  • HP ePrint
  • Apple AirPrint
  • Mopria-certified
  • Mobile Apps
Bluetooth Bluetooth is an alternative to Wi-Fi as a way to connect your printer to your computer, phone, or other device wirelessly. Some printers have built-in Bluetooth capabilities, though most printers are ... Show more
No
No
Print Directly from Media Printing directly from media, such as a memory card, USB hard drive, slides, or negatives, allows you to skip the middleman and print documents or images without uploading them to a computer first.   ... Show more
Other
Mobile device
Other
Mobile and desktop with supported OS and apps
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LCD

Printers with an LCD screen/display give you the option to control some settings directly on the printer, such as a one-touch print, scan, copy, or fax. You may also be able to adjust print quality, preview the print job, and/or view connection settings. Some screens are programmed to offer setup instructions for easy installation. For those who are not particularly tech savvy, this could be helpful.

LCD screens can be color or black and white, touchscreen or not, and vary in size across brands and models. The larger the touch screen, usually the easier it is to use the controls.

LCD Screen Display Does the printer have an LCD display screen to preview the print job and settings?
Yes
Yes
LCD Screen Size If the printer has an LCD screen, what is the size of that screen?
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3.5 inches
Touch Screen Commands Does the printer feature a touch screen for easy command input?
No
Yes
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Software
Memory Capacity Internal memory, storage, or memory capacity in a printer will all mean the same thing—the amount of print data the printer can store in the print queue. When you send multiple documents to the printe ... Show more
2,000 MB
256 MB
Cartridges
Cartridge Model Toner cartridges contain the colored powder that is infused onto paper to print your documents. A monochrome printer will have one toner cartridge with black “ink,” or powder, in it for black and whit ... Show more
  • HP 508A Black LaserJet Toner Cartridge (~6000 ISO yield) CF360A;
  • HP 508X Black LaserJet Toner Cartridge (~12,500 ISO yield) CF360X
  • HP 508A Cyan LaserJet Toner Cartridge (~5000 ISO yield) CF361A
  • HP 508X Cyan LaserJet Toner Cartridge (~9500 ISO yield) CF361X
  • HP 508A Yellow LaserJet Toner Cartridge (~5000 ISO yield) CF362A
  • HP 508X Yellow LaserJet Toner Cartridge (~9500 ISO yield) CF362X
  • HP 508A Magenta LaserJet Toner Cartridge (~5000 ISO yield) CF363A
  • \HP 508X Magenta LaserJet Toner Cartridge (~9500 ISO yield) CF363X
HP LaserJet Black cartridge
Cartridge Yield While it’s hard to generalize how long toner cartridges last because it’s very dependent on how much you print, what you’re printing, the quality of the device, etc., you should get anywhere from one ... Show more
6,000 pages
6,000 pages
Replace Drum In addition to replacing the “ink” in a laser printer (which is delivered via toner cartridge), you may also need to replace the drum. The drum is the part of the printer that applies heat and pressur ... Show more
Replace toner only
Replace toner only
Monochrome or Color A monochrome printer can only print black and white, and therefore has only one black toner cartridge. If you do not need to print in color, you’ll save a lot of money by investing in a monochrome pri ... Show more
Color printing
Monochrome printing
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Physical Features
Weight

60 lbs
 

53 lbs
 
Dimensions
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Portability If you need to print on-the-go, such as at a tradeshow or while traveling, you’ll need a printer that is considered portable. These smaller, typically battery-powered devices are easy to carry and wor ... Show more
No
No
Noise Level How loud a printer can be is measured in the standard sound unit called decibels, or dB. The higher the dB rating, the louder the machine is. Also, the closer you are to the machine, the louder it wil ... Show more
65 db
54 db
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Other Info
Power Consumption For the energy conscious, or those looking to cut down their power bill, the amount of power your printer consumes may be a concern to you. At different stages, such as standby mode, while printing, a ... Show more
  • 617 watts (Active Printing)
  • 33.7 watts (Ready)
  • 3.95 watts (Sleep)
  • 1 watt (Auto-Off/wake on LAN)
  • 0.1 watts (Auto-Off/Manual On)
  • 0.1 watts (Off)
  • Printing = 760 W
  • Copying from ADF = 520 W
  • Ready = 18.2 W
  • Sleep = 4.3 W
  • Manual Off = 0.3 W
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White
Black / Grey
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Key features
  • 2 paper trays (standard)
  • Uses toner with JetIntelligence
  • Print speed letter: Up to 40 ppm (black and color)
  • 2000 to 6000 pages
  • 4-line LCD (color graphics) with 10-key pad

HP LaserJet M553n is a popular option in the middle of the laser printers price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling laser printers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as HP LaserJet Pro M428fdn or HP Color LaserJet Pro M479fdw .

HP LaserJet M553n was released in 2015. There are dozens of newer laser printers on the market. Show newer Laser Printers

HP LaserJet M553n price is about the same as the price of the average laser printer ($448.90).

Key features
  • Printer, scanner, copier and faxing machine in one.
  • Normal black print speed up to 42ppm.
  • Large memory capacity up to 500 MB.
  • Several printing options from mobile, tablets and laptop devices.
  • Comes with advanced anti-fraud technology.
  • User-friendly device with easy set-up and usage.

HP LaserJet Pro M521dn is a well-known and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling laser printers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Canon MF416dw or Lexmark MS810dn .

HP LaserJet Pro M521dn was released in 2013. There are a lot of newer laser printers on the market. Show newer Laser Printers

HP LaserJet Pro M521dn is $450 more expensive than an average laser printer ($448.90).

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