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Compare the 10 Best Laser PrintersDecember 2017(Last Updated 12 December 2017)

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{HP M653x
$2,149.99
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#1

90

8580

Xerox 8580

5 Reviews + 1 Award
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$199.99

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$8
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
The best rated laser printer under $500, with an industry award and very good features
#2

86

M402

HP M402

261 Reviews
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$189.99

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40ppm
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$21
Over 10 years
Aug 2015
A critically acclaimed and affordable 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with very low running costs and very good features
#3

86

CX310

Lexmark CX310

11 Reviews
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$83.97

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23ppm
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$520
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
The best scoring laser printer under $50, with satisfactory running costs and good features
#4

86

M501

HP M501

11 Reviews + 1 Award
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$105.84

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$24
Over 10 years
Mar 2016
A stunningly cheap and very economical to run 4800 x 600 DPI laser printer, with good features
#5

85

C332dn

OKI C332dn

5 Reviews + 2 Awards
PC Mag - Editor's Choiceljudochbild.se - Recommended
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$199.99

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30ppm
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$26
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A breathtakingly cheap and award winning 600 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features and very low running costs
#6

84

M2885

Samsung M2885

38 Reviews + 1 Award
buyerslab.com - 2014 Pick
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$187.50

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28ppm
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$13
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A staggeringly economical to run and low cost 4800 x 600 DPI laser printer, with an industry award and good features
#7

84

M251n

HP M251n

3 Reviews + 1 Award
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$153.97

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14ppm
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$14
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
An affordable and phenomenally economical to run 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with an industry award and good features
#8

83

M452

HP M452

114 Reviews + 1 Award
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
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$198.99

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$20
Over 10 years
Aug 2015
A very economical to run and low cost 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with an industry award and good features
#9

83

SP 6430

Ricoh SP 6430

8 Reviews + 1 Award
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$156.21

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38ppm
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$26
Over 10 years
Aug 2015
A remarkably cheap and award winning 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features and very low running costs
#10

83

Cx410

Lexmark Cx410

6 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$259.64

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30ppm
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$20
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
The highest rated laser printer under $1,000, with an affordable price and good features
#11

83

MF249

Canon MF249

10 Reviews + 1 Award
computershopper.com - Editor's Choice
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$219.00

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$130
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
An award winning and low cost 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features and low running costs
#12

82

LBP6230

Canon LBP6230

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$160.48

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$51
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An award winning and top-value 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features and low running costs
#13

82

M227

HP M227

7 Reviews
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$169.99

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$91
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A breathtakingly cheap and critically acclaimed 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features and low running costs
#14

82

C250

Ricoh C250

83 Reviews + 2 Awards
Expert Reviews - Best Buy
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$106.72

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$43
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An affordable and best selling 2.400 x 6 DPI laser printer, with good features and two industry awards
#15

81

M506

HP M506

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$153.59

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$250
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
An impressive value for money and amazingly highly rated 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with moderate running costs and good features
#16

81

M426

HP M426

145 Reviews
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$298.99

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$170
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An affordable and top-rated 4800 x 600 DPI laser printer, with satisfactory running costs and good features
#17

80

M2070

Samsung M2070

263 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$197.32

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$510
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An astoundingly cheap and multi award winning 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with average running costs and good features
#18

80

M130

HP M130

235 Reviews + 1 Award
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$129.99

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23ppm
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$79
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An award winning and low cost 23ppm print speed laser printer, with alright running costs and good features
#19

79

LBP6030

Canon LBP6030

15 Reviews
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$74.99

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19ppm
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$24
Over 10 years
Sep 2014
The top rated laser printer under $100, with good features
#20

79

P1102

HP P1102

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$98.00

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$35
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
A positively reviewed and excellent value for money 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with low running costs and good features

79

MS415dn

Lexmark MS415dn

2 Reviews + 1 Award
buyerslab.com - 2013 Pick
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$169.99

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40ppm
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$19
Over 10 years
Oct 2014
A bargain price and very economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with an industry award and good features

79

CP5225

HP CP5225

7 Reviews
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$51.55

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$520
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A top-value and top-rated 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with OK running costs and good features

79

P2035

HP P2035

11 Reviews
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$179.98

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$18
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A very economical to run and top-value 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with good features and user reviews

78

M477

HP M477

106 Reviews + 2 Awards
Les Numeriques.com - awardpcmagazine.ru - 5 Star
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$399.99

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$320
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An award winning and affordable 3.600 x 1.2 DPI laser printer, with satisfactory running costs and good features

78

C1860

Samsung C1860

71 Reviews + 2 Awards
buyerslab.com - 2014 PickExpert Reviews - Recommended
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$299.99

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18ppm
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$13
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A remarkably economical to run and award winning 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with an affordable price and good features

78

MF229

Canon MF229

3 Reviews
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$270.56

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$140
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An affordable and highly rated 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with moderate running costs and good features

78

B412

OKI B412

3 Reviews + 1 Award
computershopper.com - Editor's Choice
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$166.84

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33ppm
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$1,400
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An award winning and low cost 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with satisfactory running costs and good features

77

M127

HP M127

6 Reviews
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$178.99

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$91
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A bargain price and top-rated 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with alright running costs and good features

77

C1810

Samsung C1810

113 Reviews + 3 Awards
hardware.info - Bronze Awardbuyerslab.com - 2014 PickExpert Reviews - Best Buy
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$145.00

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18ppm
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$13
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An award winning and extremely economical to run 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with good features and a good price

77

MF3010

Canon MF3010

24 Reviews
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$132.38

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$55
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A top-rated and top-value 1.200 x 6 DPI laser printer, with average running costs and good features

76

WorkCentre 6027

Xerox WorkCentre 6027

9 Reviews
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$180.00

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18ppm
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$760
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A bargain price and highly rated 1200 x 2400 DPI laser printer, with satisfactory running costs and good features

76

M277

HP M277

297 Reviews + 3 Awards
vido.com.ua - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choice
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$378.99

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18ppm
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$190
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An award winning and good value for money 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with OK running costs and good features

76

6700

Xerox 6700

4 Reviews
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$305.55

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45ppm
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$22
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A low cost and very economical to run 2400 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

75

DCP1512

Brother DCP1512

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$20.93

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$13
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A breathtakingly economical to run and affordable 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with good features

75

HL-L2300

Brother HL‑L2300

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$84.99

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26ppm
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$15
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An amazingly economical to run and bargain price 2.400 x 6 DPI laser printer, with good features

75

LBP151dw

Canon LBP151dw

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$79.00

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$17
Over 10 years
Mar 2016
A very economical to run and bargain price 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

74

M102w

HP M102w

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$99.99

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23ppm
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$14
Over 10 years
Aug 2016
A cheap and phenomenally economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

74

HL-L2340

Brother HL‑L2340

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$99.98

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$16
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An affordable and very popular 2.400 x 6 DPI laser printer, with very low running costs and good features

74

M605

HP M605

2 Reviews + 1 Award
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$202.97

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55ppm
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$90
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
A low cost and award winning 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with alright running costs and one of the fastest print speeds available

74

HL-L2360

Brother HL‑L2360

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$99.00

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$18
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A very economical to run and low cost 2.400 x 6 DPI laser printer, with good features

74

SP 325DNw

Ricoh SP 325DNw

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$123.31

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$30
Over 10 years
Dec 2016
An affordable and economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with very good user reviews and good features

74

M521

HP M521

22 Reviews + 2 Awards
PC Mag - Editor's Choiceitproportal.com - Best Buy
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$545.49

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$330
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An award winning and good value for money 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with satisfactory running costs and good features

74

M177

HP M177

46 Reviews
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$320.69

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$10
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A low cost and spectacularly economical to run 17ppm print speed laser printer, with good features and great user reviews

73

SL-M2835DW

Samsung SL‑M2835DW

2 Reviews + 1 Award
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$168.95

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29ppm
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$35
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
An award winning and cheap 4800 x 600 DPI laser printer, with low running costs and good features

73

M5170

Lexmark M5170

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$25.00

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$28
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
An economical to run and top-value 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features and a sensationally fast 70ppm print speed

73

MFCL2700

Brother MFCL2700

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$159.99

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$16
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A best selling and bargain price 2.400 x 6 DPI laser printer, with very low running costs and good features

73

MF216

Canon MF216

1 Review + 1 Award
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
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$179.45

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$130
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A bargain price and award winning 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with OK running costs and good features

73

C430

Samsung C430

147 Reviews
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$186.86

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$10
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A positively reviewed and amazingly economical to run 2.400 x 6 DPI laser printer, with good features and a fair price

73

M402d

HP M402d

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$174.99

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$21
Over 10 years
Jul 2016
A very economical to run and excellent value for money 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

73

DCP1612

Brother DCP1612

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$100.58

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$13
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An amazingly economical to run and low cost 2.400 x 6 DPI laser printer, with good features

72

M203dw

HP M203dw

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$151.49

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$24
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A very economical to run and remarkably cheap 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

72

P2500

Pantum P2500

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$71.10

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$12
Over 10 years
Feb 2015
An affordable and phenomenally economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

72

LBP251dw

Canon LBP251dw

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$219.00

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$19
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
A low cost and very economical to run 2.400 x 6 DPI laser printer, with good features

72

MX410

Lexmark MX410

3 Reviews
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$219.99

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$19
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A top-rated and very economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with a cheap price and good features

72

CS310n

Lexmark CS310n

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$99.00

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$16
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
A very economical to run and very cheap 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

71

MS312dn

Lexmark MS312dn

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$49.99

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$22
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
A low cost and very economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

71

MS317dn

Lexmark MS317dn

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$91.65

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$67
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
A good spec and affordable 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with OK running costs

71

MS310

Lexmark MS310

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$149.00

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$21
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A top-value and very economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

71

MB492

OKI MB492

3 Reviews + 1 Award
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$449.99

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$1,600
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A good value for money and award winning 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with satisfactory running costs and good features

71

P3500DN

Pantum P3500DN

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$169.99

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Over 10 years
Jan 2017
A very cheap and very economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with good features

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Find out how laser printer brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their laser printers. Click on a link to compare all laser printers made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Laser Printers Price Range Average Rating
Lexmark logo Lexmark Laser Printers 76 $23 - $4,323 71%
HP logo HP Laser Printers 70 $52 - $4,150 74%
Brother logo Brother Laser Printers 29 $23 - $1,700
Samsung logo Samsung Laser Printers 27 $125 - $1,400 74%
Ricoh logo Ricoh Laser Printers 20 $107 - $3,856 81%
Other brands Other Laser Printer Brands 55 $71 - $3,463

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{HP M653x
$2,149.99
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Maximum Resolution
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SL-C430W
$229.99
Colour
VS
Samsung C430
Samsung
C430
$186.86
$43 cheaper
69% cheaper to
run over five
years
OKI B412
OKI
B412
$166.84
$53 cheaper
Considerably
better expert
reviews
Cheaper to run
by £2 over
five years
VS
OKI B432
OKI
B432
$220.00
7ppm faster
print speed

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 283 laser printers ranging from $20 to $5,279. The average price of a new laser printer is $702 and the 80% of laser printers are priced between $125 and $1,700. The cheapest laser printer that we found is the Brother DCP1512 at only $21, and the most expensive is the OKI C911dn at $5,278.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI laser printers range in price from $167 to $5,278, and the average price of OKI laser printers is $1,088 which is the highest average price of all laser printer brands.

HP laser printers range in price from $52 to $4,841, and the second highest average laser printer price out of all brands is HP laser printers with an average price of $847.

The average price of Lexmark laser printers is $823 which is the third highest average price of all laser printer brands. Lexmark laser printers range in price from $25 to $4,323.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 342 expert reviews and 3,797 user reviews for laser printers written online and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of laser printer. HP is the top rated laser printer brand with an average rating of 86%. Lexmark is the second best brand with 82% and Samsung is the third best brand with 80%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

We found 196 current offers for laser printers from Amazon US making it the biggest laser printer retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Newegg US for whom we found 157 current offers for laser printers. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 145 current laser printer offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

January to February is the most common period for new laser printers to be released in. If you wait until January 2018 then you might be able to get better features on your laser printer. Also the price of the current laser printers may drop off just before the latest models are released in January. In February 2016 31 new laser printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new laser printer releases. In 2015 most new laser printers were released in September, with 163 new laser printers released that month. 43 new laser printers were released in January 2014 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 17% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of $121 on a typical $702 new laser printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

This denotes the largest resolution that the laser printer is capable of printing at.

We found 318 laser printers that are 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printers, which makes this the most popular maximum resolution amongst new laser printers. 600 x 600 DPI is the second most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new laser printers. We found 119 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.

Colours

This 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 is roughly the same. 271 laser printers (49%) do are laser printers which support colour and 279 laser printers out of 549 are laser printers which do not support colour.

Print Speeds

This 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 the majority of laser printers range from 15ppm to 21ppm. The HPM609, which is priced at $1,586.97, has the fastest print speed and is a 71ppm print speed laser printer. The HPM609, which can be purchased for $628.87, has the slowest print speed and is an 8ppm print speed laser printer.

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

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

We found 196 current offers for laser printers from Amazon US making it the biggest laser printer retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Newegg US for whom we found 157 current offers for laser printers. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 145 current laser printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Laser Printers?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest laser printer prices (found to be cheapest for 97 laser printers).

Proportion of Laser Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest store by number of laser printer for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 66.9% of its laser printers.