Printing is still a major part of how business gets done these days despite advances in paperless and mobile technology. If you’re looking for the best printer for your office then you should really be looking for a laser printer. Why? They’re faster and cheaper (in the long run) than inkjet printers. Additionally, laser printing produces crisp black text which is easier to read and looks more professional.
So what should you look for when it comes to buying a new laser printer? Price will definitely be a factor. Entry-level laser printers can be had for under $100 while models with more features (such as all-in-one or multifunction capabilities) can range upwards of $300. Speed is also important. While laser printers can take awhile to warm up, they can pump our page after page fairly quickly. Finally you’ll definitely want to check things like paper capacity (how often will you need to replace the paper?) and size of the overall machine (will it fit where you need it to?).
It’s true that printers tend to be utilitarian and aren’t the prettiest gadgets in the world. That’s probably doubly true when it comes to the laser printer. Still, you might be somewhat surprised to find that a few models aren’t quite as ugly as you might have expected.
The Brother HL-L2340DW laser printer (on sale for $89.99 at the time of writing) is a very basic laser printer with a very interesting trick up it’s sleeve. It’s a wireless laser printer capable of printing 27 ppm, can handle duplex printing and printing from mobile devices, has a 250 sheet capacity and has a black and white resolution of 2400 x 600 dpi. Basically it’s a solid, inexpensive workhorse. But it’s Amazon Dash enabled which means it can automatically reorder toner for itself when it runs out! That’s pretty efficient. Toner for this laser printer runs about $45 on Amazon.
If you’re looking for a pretty basic laser printer but you need color printing then check out the Brother HL-3170CDW ($216.96 at the time of writing). This printer is nearly identical to the Brother I mentioned above except that it can print in color. Like it’s black and white brother (get it?) it’s wireless, handles duplexing and can reorder toner via Amazon Dash. But it is slightly slower: it’s only capable of printing 23 ppm. Some people may prefer the lighter color scheme though to the all-black look of the black and white model.
HP LaserJet Pro M277dw
If you’re looking for something less basic and with more features then consider the HP LaserJet Pro M277dw ($319 at the time of writing). This all-in-one wireless laser printer is a bit slower than the Brother listed above at 19 ppm for black and color, but it can fax and scan and comes with a color touch screen. Other features include NFC touch-to-print, automatic 2-sided printing, scan to email and mobile printing. Plus you can benefit from HP’s JetIntelligence toner which can squeeze out 28% more prints than non-JetIntelligence products. Obviously this printer has a larger footprint to accompany the added features.
If you want lots of features in your laser printer but need a cheaper option than the HP LaserJet Pro listed above then check out the Brother MFCL2700DW ($130 at the time of writing). But there’s a reason why this laser printer is so much cheaper: it can’t print color. Still, it’s wireless and can handle black and white and color scanning which make it a great budget-friendly option for a person or team needing more than just a printer.
Canon imageCLASS LBP6030w
If you haven’t seen a laser printer that was a good fit yet you might be interested in the very unique Canon imageCLASS LBP6030w. This is a very simple laser printer which aims to take up as little space as possible. That said, here’s a laser printer that you might not mind sitting on your desk! Not only is it nice and compact but it looks pretty nice too. It’s wireless, which is great, but it does only print in black and white.
Which Laser Printer Should You Buy?
- If you want the best cheapest laser printer: Brother HL-L2340DW.
- If you want a basic color laser printer with no extras: Brother HL-3170CDW.
- If you want the most fully featured of the bunch: HP LaserJet Pro M277dw.
- If you want an affordable multi-function laser printer and don’t need color: Brother MFCL2700DW.
- If you want a compact laser printer that will fit on your desk: Canon imageCLASS LBP6030w.