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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique laser printers rating which considers: 280 US prices • 4,200 expert & user reviews • 660 product comparisons • 64 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Lexmark MX410DE

4 Reviews

$88.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Sep 2015
#2

90

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HP LaserJet M506DN

9 Reviews

$185.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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43ppm
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Sep 2015
#3

90

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HP LaserJet Pro M15w

$59.97

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600 X 600 DPI
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18ppm
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Apr 2018
#4

89

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Lexmark B2338DW

$105.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Jul 2018
#5

88

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Xerox WorkCentre 6027

44 Reviews

$157.38

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1200 X 2400 DPI
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18ppm
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Sep 2015
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Lexmark C2425DW

$138.57

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2400 X 600 DPI
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23ppm
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Nov 2018
#7

88

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Lexmark CS410N

18 Reviews

$249.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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30ppm
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Oct 2012
#8

88

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Lexmark MS521DN

$268.01

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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44ppm
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Feb 2018
#9

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Lexmark MS823DN

$79.32

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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61ppm
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Jul 2018
#10

88

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Lexmark C2325dw

$173.74

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2400 X 600 DPI
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23ppm
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Jun 2018
#11

87

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Ricoh C250DNW

93 Reviews
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$242.99

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2400 X 600 DPI
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20ppm
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Sep 2015
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HP LaserJet M553DN

82 Reviews
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$531.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Jul 2017
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Lexmark CS421DN

$208.07

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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23ppm
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Jul 2018
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Lexmark CS622DE

$73.05

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Jul 2018
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Lexmark MS321DN

$136.19

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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36ppm
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Apr 2018
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HP LaserJet M402D

563 Reviews
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$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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Samsung M4070FR

5 Reviews

$239.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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40ppm
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Sep 2015
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Lexmark MS421DW

$250.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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40ppm
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Apr 2018
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Lexmark CS310

21 Reviews
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$463.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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25ppm
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Jan 2013
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HP LaserJet M452NW

193 Reviews
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$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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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
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HP Laser Printers 117 $30 - $5,978
86%
1,199 reviews
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Lexmark Laser Printers 95 $60 - $4,585
78%
108 reviews
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Ricoh Laser Printers 41 $30 - $3,856
76%
123 reviews
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Canon Laser Printers 65 $84 - $637
74%
300 reviews
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Samsung Laser Printers 37 $54 - $1,200
72%
1,396 reviews
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Xerox Laser Printers 43 $157 - $943
68%
118 reviews
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OKI Laser Printers 34 $150 - $5,799
57%
10 reviews
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Kyocera Laser Printers 28 $204 - $1,085
34%
1 review
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DELL Laser Printers 27 $212 - $590
30%
2 reviews
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Brother Laser Printers 61 $84 - $550

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Canon
LBP6030
$94.99
$24 cheaper
Marginally
better user
reviews
Newer by five
months
VS
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HP
M102
$119.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Better PC Mag
review score
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Brother
HL-1210W
$142.86
2400 x 600 DPI
DPI
2ppm faster
print speed
VS
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HP
LaserJet Pro M15w
$59.97
$83 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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HP
Pro P1102
$429.99
Better brand
VS
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Canon
LBP6030
$94.99
$335 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Four years
newer
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HP
Pro P1102
$429.99
Better brand
VS
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Canon
LBP6030
$94.99
$335 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Brother
HL-1212W
$83.40
Bigger maximum
resolution
Moderately
faster print
speed
VS
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HP
LaserJet Pro M15w
$59.97
$23 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
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Canon
LBP6030
$94.99
Better Kagoo
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Bigger maximum
resolution
1ppm faster
print speed
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HP
M15a
$49.99
$45 cheaper
Better brand
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newer
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Kyocera
ECOSYS P5021cd
$203.52
$65 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Colour printing
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Lexmark
MS417dn
$269.00
Better brand
19ppm faster
print speed
Eight months
newer
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HP
M254
$219.00
Better Kagoo
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More popular
One more award
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Brother
HL-L3270CDW
$229.99
4 times the
maximum
resolution
10 months newer
12% faster
print speed
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Brother
HL-L2300D
$88.96
2400 x 600 DPI
DPI
Faster print
speed
VS
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HP
LaserJet Pro M15w
$59.97
$29 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Brother
Mfc-9340
$549.95
$43 cheaper
Bigger maximum
resolution
VS
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OKI
MC573dn
$592.65
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Nine months
newer
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Canon
LBP6030
$94.99
2400 x 600 DPI
DPI
Faster print
speed
VS
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HP
LaserJet Pro M15w
$59.97
$35 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
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Canon
LBP6030
$94.99
$24 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Slightly better
user reviews
VS
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HP
M102
$119.00
Better PC Mag
review score
Better brand
A little better
overall reviews
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Brother
HL-L8360
$300.00
4 times the
maximum
resolution
VS
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Xerox
VersaLink C400
$299.00
Two more awards
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Brother
HL-L2390DW
$149.99
$89 cheaper
14% faster
print speed
VS
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Canon
MF244dw
$239.00
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
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OKI
C332dn
$149.98
$93 cheaper
Newer by two
years
More popular
VS
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Ricoh
C250
$242.99
Two more awards
Better brand
Bigger maximum
resolution
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Brother
Hl-3140Cw
$221.78
More popular
2400 x 600 DPI
DPI
VS
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OKI
C332dn
$149.98
$72 cheaper
Five years
newer
Better Kagoo
Score
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Samsung
M2885
$222.94
$20 cheaper
4800 x 600 DPI
DPI
Faster print
speed
VS
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Ricoh
C250
$242.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more awards
User reviews
are better
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Canon
LBP6030
$94.99
$48 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
VS
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Brother
HL-1210W
$142.86
1ppm faster
print speed
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OKI
C332dn
$149.98
$54 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Kyocera
ECOSYS P5021cd
$203.52
4 times the
maximum
resolution
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HP
P2035
$42.89
$154 cheaper
Better brand
10ppm faster
print speed
VS
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Samsung
M2070
$197.32
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by five
years
More popular
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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.

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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.

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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

We currently list 209 laser printers ranging from $29 to $5,978. A new laser printer costs on average $724 and 80% of laser printers are priced between $100 and $1,800. The HP M855XH is the most expensive laser printer that we found at $5,978, and the HP M176 is the cheapest at only $30.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

The highest average laser printer price out of all brands is Ricoh laser printers with an average price of $1,129. Ricoh laser printers start at $30 and their most expensive laser printer costs $3,856.

HP laser printers start at $30 and their most expensive laser printer costs $5,978. The average price of HP laser printers is $1,100 which is the second highest average price of all laser printer brands.

OKI laser printers start at $150 and their most expensive laser printer costs $5,799. The average price of OKI laser printers is $1,052 which is the third highest average price of all laser printer brands.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 367 expert reviews and 2,899 user reviews for laser printers and used this data 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 78% and the third best brand is Ricoh with 76%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

We found 76 current offers for laser printers from Overstock making it the biggest laser printer retailer. That is over 5 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 14 current offers for laser printers. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 1 current laser printer offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

Most new laser printers tend to be released between November and January. That means that most of the latest laser printer technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month last year for new laser printer releases was January, with two new laser printers released that month. August was the biggest month in 2018 for new laser printers, with 19 new laser printers released that month. 91 new laser printers were released in November 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new laser printer releases.

How Fast Do Laser Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average laser printers drop in price by 10% in the first 6 months after release.

A typical new laser printer costs on average $724. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $71.

Maximum Resolutions

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

Amongst new laser printers, the most common maximum resolution is 1200 x 1200 DPI. We found 320 laser printers that are 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printers. The second most popular maximum resolution amongst new laser printers is 600 x 600 DPI. We found 101 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.

The print speeds of laser printers range from 8ppm to 75ppm. The print speeds of the majority of laser printers range from 35ppm to 40ppm. The laser printer with the fastest print speed is the Lexmark MX711DE, which is a 70ppm print speed laser printer and can be purchased for $979.99. The Canon MF628CW, which is priced at $389.99, has the slowest print speed and is a 14ppm 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. 256 laser printers (45%) do are laser printers which support colour printing and 315 out of 571 laser printers 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. 53 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. 69.7% of their laser printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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