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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique laser printers rating which considers: 1,600 US prices • 3,600 expert & user reviews • 670 product comparisons • 63 industry awards • Score breakdown
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HP LaserJet M6515

buyerslab.com - 2014 Pick

$1,517.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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42ppm
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Apr 2014
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Canon imageCLASS LBP6030W

35 Reviews

$159.99

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2400 X 600 DPI
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19ppm
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Sep 2017
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HP LaserJet M606DN

1 Review

$1,943.34

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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62ppm
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Apr 2015
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Samsung M2070W

304 Reviews
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$133.90

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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20ppm
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Sep 2015
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HP M127FN

14 Reviews

$178.99

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600 X 600 DPI
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20ppm
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Sep 2015
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Canon MF628CW

7 Reviews

$389.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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14ppm
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Sep 2015
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HP P2035

8 Reviews

$41.65

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600 X 600 DPI
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30ppm
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May 2010
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Canon imageCLASS LBP6230DW

77 Reviews
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$110.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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25ppm
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Aug 2014
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HP LaserJet M605N

2 Reviews
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$1,154.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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55ppm
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May 2015
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Lexmark MX410DE

4 Reviews

$308.49

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Sep 2015
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Lexmark CX725

4 Reviews

$1,967.97

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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47ppm
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Sep 2015
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Ricoh SP 5300

3 Reviews

$880.07

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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50ppm
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Sep 2016
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Xerox B600VDN

2 Reviews
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$1,849.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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55ppm
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Oct 2017
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HP LaserJet M604N

3 Reviews

$702.71

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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50ppm
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Apr 2015
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Lexmark MX510DE

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$792.97

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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42ppm
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Oct 2015
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HP LaserJet M553DN

82 Reviews
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$299.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Jul 2017
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Lexmark CX310DN

30 Reviews
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$199.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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23ppm
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Sep 2015
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Samsung M2026W

179 Reviews

$139.12

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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20ppm
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Xerox C600VDN

4 Reviews

$699.00

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1200 X 2400 DPI
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53ppm
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HP LaserJet M506X

9 Reviews

$453.53

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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43ppm
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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 Ricoh with an average rating of 84%. Compare all award winning laser printers.

Rank Brand Number of Laser Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Ricoh Laser Printers 44 $97 - $3,856
84%
121 reviews
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Samsung Laser Printers 37 $70 - $1,200
82%
1,330 reviews
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HP Laser Printers 115 $40 - $4,699
81%
631 reviews
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Lexmark Laser Printers 93 $129 - $5,685
80%
108 reviews
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Canon Laser Printers 65 $110 - $637
78%
308 reviews
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Xerox Laser Printers 43 $97 - $2,300
75%
117 reviews
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OKI Laser Printers 34 $115 - $3,537
60%
10 reviews
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Brother Laser Printers 64 $50 - $600
57%
2 reviews
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Kyocera Laser Printers 28 $182 - $1,399
26%
1 review
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DELL Laser Printers 27 $65 - $1,152
23%
2 reviews

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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

In total we found 255 laser printers ranging from $39 to $5,686. The average price of a new laser printer is $695 and the 80% of laser printers are priced between $149 and $1,849. The Lexmark CX921DE is the most expensive laser printer that we found at $5,685, and the HP LaserJet Pro M15w is the cheapest at only $40.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

HP laser printers start at $40 and their most expensive laser printer costs $4,699. The highest average laser printer price out of all brands is HP laser printers with an average price of $1,209.

The second highest average laser printer price out of all brands is Lexmark laser printers with an average price of $873. Lexmark laser printers start at $129 and their most expensive laser printer costs $5,685.

The average price of Ricoh laser printers is $839 which is the third highest average price of all laser printer brands. Ricoh laser printers start at $97 and their most expensive laser printer costs $3,856.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 362 expert reviews and 2,277 user reviews for laser printers and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of laser printer. The top rated laser printer brand is Ricoh with an average rating of 84%. The second best brand is Samsung with 82% and the third best brand is HP with 81%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

The biggest laser printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 202 current laser printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 163 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Adorama when it comes to laser printers. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 139 current offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

August to October is the most common period for new laser printers to be released in. For the latest laser printer technology you may want to consider waiting until August 2019. 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 August 2018, 19 new laser printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new laser printer releases. In 2017 most new laser printers were released in November, with 86 new laser printers released that month. 39 new laser printers were released in October 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new laser printer releases.

How Fast Do Laser Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, laser printers drop in price by 7%. That means a saving of $50 on a typical $695 new laser printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

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

We found 320 laser printers that are 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printers, which makes 1200 x 1200 DPI the most common maximum resolution amongst new laser printers. We found 99 laser printers that are 600 x 600 DPI laser printers, making this the second most popular maximum resolution amongst new 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 most laser printers range from 35ppm to 40ppm. The HP 765DN, which is priced at $3,799.00, has the fastest print speed and is a 75ppm print speed laser printer. The laser printer with the slowest print speed is the Canon MF628CW, which is a 14ppm print speed laser printer and sells for $389.99.

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.

Most new laser printers are laser printers which do not support colour printing. 56% of laser printers on Kagoo are laser printers which do not support colour printing and 253 out of 572 laser printers are laser printers which 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 eBay. 161 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 eBay. 79.7% of their laser printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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