As the cost of laser printers has continued to drop, ink jets have primarily become items for home users and students needing basic printing for a low price, without the higher resolution or throughput laser printers provide.
The 400L is a modified version of HP's DeskJet 400 printer, which was already one of the company's more economically priced offerings. The printer provides 600-by-300-dot-per-inch resolution black printing at a speed of three pages per minute.
A black ink cartridge is included with the printer, and a color cartridge can be purchased for $30. A built-in paper tray holds up to 50 sheets, and the printer can also handle labels, postcards, envelopes, and other special stock.