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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique laser printers rating which considers: 610 US prices • 4,500 expert & user reviews • 720 product comparisons • 73 industry awards • Score breakdown
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HP LaserJet Enterprise M507

10 Reviews
1200 1200 x DPI  Fast print speed Supports Wi‑Fi 
1200 1200 x DPI
Fast print speed
Supports Wi‑Fi

$265.50

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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43ppm
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Jan 2019
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HP LaserJet M553N

82 Reviews
alphr.com RecommendedPC Mag Editor's Choiceitpro.co.uk Recommended

$439.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Jul 2017
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HP LaserJet M506DN

9 Reviews
Fast print speed 1200 1200 x DPI  Supports duplex printing
Fast print speed
1200 1200 x DPI
Supports duplex printing

$206.49

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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43ppm
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Sep 2015
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Xerox VersaLink C400

4 Reviews
betterbuys.com Editor's Choiceitpro.co.uk Editor's Choice

$249.99

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600 X 600 DPI
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36ppm
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Apr 2017
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Lexmark CS410N

18 Reviews
1200 1200 x DPI  Supports colour printing Quieter than average printing noise level
1200 1200 x DPI
Supports colour printing
Quieter than average printing noise level

$279.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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30ppm
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Oct 2012
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HP LaserJet Pro M404dn

 

$219.99

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4800 X 600 DPI
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38ppm
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Jun 2019
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HP LaserJet M402

563 Reviews

$168.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Oct 2016
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Lexmark B2338DW

 

$124.24

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Jul 2018
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HP LaserJet Pro M404dw

 

$250.00

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4800 X 600 DPI
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38ppm
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Jan 2019
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Lexmark C2425DW

 

$174.73

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2400 X 600 DPI
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23ppm
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Nov 2018
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Lexmark B2442DW

 

$127.53

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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42ppm
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Jul 2018
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Lexmark CX310

30 Reviews

$199.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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23ppm
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Sep 2015
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Lexmark CS521DN

 

$299.00

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2400 X 600 DPI
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33ppm
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Sep 2018
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HP LaserJet Pro M227fdn

 

$189.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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30ppm
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Jan 2019
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HP LaserJet Pro M404n

 

$179.99

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4800 X 600 DPI
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38ppm
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Jun 2019
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Lexmark C2535DW

 

$321.50

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2400 X 600 DPI
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35ppm
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Nov 2018
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Lexmark MS621DN

 

$300.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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47ppm
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Apr 2018
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HP LaserJet M452DN

193 Reviews

$198.99

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600 X 600 DPI
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27ppm
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Oct 2015
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Xerox Phaser 6510

 

$174.99

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1200 X 2400 DPI
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28ppm
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Feb 2016

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What Are The Best Laser Printer Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every laser printer and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated laser printer brand is HP with an average rating of 86%. Compare all award winning laser printers.

Rank Brand Number of Laser Printers Price Range Average Rating
#1
HP Laser Printers 164 $115 - $6,699
86%
1,211 reviews
#2
Lexmark Laser Printers 95 $115 - $4,291
75%
108 reviews
#3
Ricoh Laser Printers 41 $115 - $3,856
74%
124 reviews
#4
Canon Laser Printers 65 $179 - $637
72%
300 reviews
#5
Samsung Laser Printers 38 $197 - $1,200
70%
1,387 reviews
#6
Xerox Laser Printers 42 $166 - $1,571
69%
367 reviews
#7
OKI Laser Printers 35 $115 - $3,999
56%
10 reviews
#8
Kyocera Laser Printers 28 $170 - $3,129
33%
1 review
#9
DELL Laser Printers 27 $159 - $400
29%
2 reviews
#10
Brother Laser Printers 69 $115 - $1,000

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is duplex printing?
ADuplex printing is the ability to print on both sides of the paper - either simultaneously, or automatically turning the paper over to print on the other side. It means you can utilise both sides of the paper.
QWhat is Pictbridge?
APictbridge - or Direct Printing - is a system to allow users to print photos directly from their camera or phone, without having to connect to a computer first. This can either be done using a cable or wifi.
QWhat is an envelope feeder?
AAn envelope feeder allows you to load up a quantity of envelopes, which are then pulled into the printer to have addresses/names/etc printed directly onto them, rather than having to use labels.

Laser Printer Buying Guide

There are 2 main types of printers available on the consumer market - inkjet and laser printers. Both have strengths and weaknesses, and your choice will largely depend on what you plan on using your printer for. This guide will concentrate on information about laser/LED printers - for a detailed rundown of laser printers, please see the guide under the inkjet printer category.

Laser printers work by using a very fine laser to help minuscule particles of powdered ink (toner) ‘stick’ to the page in the shape of the letters and numbers to be printed. The page is then passed through between 2 heated rollers (a ‘fusing unit’), ‘burning’ the toner onto the page. Because the laser can move very fast, a laser printer can print at a very fast rate - far faster than any inkjet printer. Also, because the laser is extremely accurate, it allows for extremely crisp prints, with little chance of smudging or blotting.

Cost

Compared to inkjet printers, laser printers are far more expensive - sometimes double or more the cost of an equivalent inkjet model. However while the initial cost is high, the day-to-day running costs are far lower: toner cartridges last far longer than ink cartridges, and are cheaper to replace. Both these factors mean that if you routinely print large amounts of documents, a laser printer will be far more economical over time compared to an inkjet.

Types of Laser Printer

There are 2 main types of laser printer on the market at the moment - laser and LED printers. Both work by the same process - using focussed light to trace a path for toner particles on a page. However while a laser has to track across the page from one side of a line to the other, an LED printer can use a static bank of LEDs to ‘flash’ an entire line in one go. This means that LED printers are far faster than laser printers which achieving the same high-quality prints. However since LED printers are a new technology, you can expect to pay more for an LED-enabled printer. If you find yourself regularly printing a lot of documents, the saving in time may well be worth the expenditure.

Black & White vs. Colour

Laser printers are primarily monochromatic, since they only use a single colour of toner. However colour laser printers do exist - they work by having 4 separate cartridges and drums (black, yellow, magenta and cyan) so the paper is passed through each colour of toner in turn, building up a fully-coloured print as it goes.

Because they involve far more hardware, colour laser printers are far more expensive than their monochromatic cousins. Moreover, the quality of the printing is nowhere near as good as inkjet or photo printers - you won’t be able to get professional-quality colour depth or detail from a laser printer. Therefore if high-quality colour printing is important for you, you may wish to look into buying an inkjet printer.

Print Speed

Laser printers are far faster than inkjet printers, and are capable of a very high rate of pages printed per minute. That said, there is a large variety in printing speed within laser printers, with some models capable of printing pages twice as fast as other devices. This is especially true of LED printers, which are capable of an extremely high page-per-minute rate. All of our printers have detailed stats on the number of pages they can print a minute, broken down into monochrome and colour, as well as by quality (draft, normal, high-quality). This will allow you to make the best decision as to the laser printer that best suits your needs.

Connectivity

Most newer models of laser printers have an array of network connectivity options to make printing easier and more efficient. Ethernet connectivity is now a common feature in modern laser printers - so data can be transferred over a network without having to plug your computer into the printer directly. This makes it far easier to share printers with groups: the printer can be placed in a central area and used freely by everyone around.

Additionally, many models of laser and LED printer also have wifi and/or bluetooth connectivity. These options mean that you do not even have to use a cable to use the printer - data can be transferred over wireless connection.

Finally, the newest models of these printers have support for cloud or app printing. These options allow you to send a document to print from anywhere in the world - from a browser over the cloud, or from an app on your smartphone. While you will pay more money for these options, the convenience they provide may be worth the extra expenditure.

Laser Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

Laser Printer Prices

Laser printers range in price from $26 to $6,699 and in total we found prices for 213 laser printers. On average, a new laser printer costs $850 and 80% of laser printers are priced between $178 and $2,078. The OKI C532DN is the cheapest laser printer at only $26, and HP LaserJet M775z is the most expensive at $6,699.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

HP laser printers start at $95 and their most expensive laser printer costs $6,699. The highest average laser printer price out of all brands is HP laser printers with an average price of $1,277.

The average price of Ricoh laser printers is $1,006 which is the second highest average price of all laser printer brands. Ricoh laser printers start at $30 and their most expensive laser printer costs $3,856.

The average price of Lexmark laser printers is $850 which is the third highest average price of all laser printer brands. Lexmark laser printers start at $60 and their most expensive laser printer costs $4,291.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 409 expert reviews and 3,110 user reviews for laser printers and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of laser printer. The top rated laser printer brand is HP with an average rating of 86%. The second best brand is Lexmark with 75% and the third best brand is Ricoh with 74%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

The biggest laser printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Adorama. We found 113 current laser printer offers from Adorama. The second biggest retailer is Overstock with 87 offers. That means Adorama is significantly bigger than Overstock when it comes to laser printers. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 9 current offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

November to January is the most common period for new laser printers to be released in. For the latest laser printer features you may be best waiting until November 2020. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current laser printers tend to drop off when the next models are released. In January 2019, 43 new laser printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new laser printer releases. The biggest month in 2018 for new laser printer releases was August, with 19 new laser printers released that month. November was the biggest month in 2017 for new laser printers, with 90 new laser printers released that month.

How Fast Do Laser Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, laser printers drop in price by 12%.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $101 on a typical $850 new laser printer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

'Maximum Resolution' denotes the largest resolution that the laser printer is capable of printing at.

1200 x 1200 DPI is the most common maximum resolution amongst new laser printers. We found 353 laser printers that are 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printers. 600 x 600 DPI is the second most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new laser printers. We found 118 laser printers that are 600 x 600 DPI laser printers.

A larger resolution means that the print-out is comprised of more pixels, meaning greater detail and a higher-quality print.

Print Speeds

'Print Speed' measures how long it takes the laser printer to print a single black & white A4 page at normal quality.

Across the range of laser printers, the print speeds range from 8ppm to 75ppm. The print speeds of most laser printers range from 35ppm to 40ppm. The laser printer with the fastest print speed is the HP LaserJet Enterprise M612dn, which is a 75ppm print speed laser printer and currently retails for $1,249.88. The DELL C1760NW, which can be purchased for $379.00, has the slowest print speed and is a 15ppm print speed laser printer.

A faster print speed means the laser printer is more efficient and can manage larger print jobs faster.

Colour Printing

'Colour Printing' denotes whether the laser printer has the ability to print in colour, or whether it's limited to black & white.

The number of new laser printers that do and are laser printers which do not support colour printing is roughly the same. 280 out of 628 do are laser printers which support colour printing and 342 out of 628 are laser printers which do not support colour printing.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Laser Printers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying laser printers. For each retailer it shows the total number of laser printers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying laser printers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Overstock. 71 of their laser printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Laser Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for laser printers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of laser printer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's laser printer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Overstock. 81.6% of their laser printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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