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Lexmark CX410E

15 Reviews
alphr.com RecommendedLes Numeriques.com 5 Star

$570.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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30ppm
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Sep 2015
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Lexmark MC3224DWE

10 Reviews
winmagpro.nl Test Winner

$240.00

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600 X 600 DPI
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22ppm
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Mar 2020
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Xerox VersaLink C400

72 Reviews
betterbuys.com Editor's Choiceitpro.co.uk Editor's ChoiceExpert Reviews Recommended

$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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HP Neverstop Laser 1001nw

 
1200 1200 x DPI  Supports Wi‑Fi  Supports duplex printing
1200 1200 x DPI
Supports Wi‑Fi
Supports duplex printing

$229.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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20ppm
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Apr 2020
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HP LaserJet M402N

 

$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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HP LaserJet M506DN

25 Reviews

$160.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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43ppm
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Sep 2015
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Lexmark CS310DN

134 Reviews

$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 Pro M404n

 

$139.03

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Jun 2019
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HP LaserJet M452DN

196 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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HP LaserJet M553DN

202 Reviews

$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 Color LaserJet Pro Pro M283fdw

 

$350.00

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600 X 600 DPI
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22ppm
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Jan 2019
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Lexmark B2236DW

 

$75.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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34ppm
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Jan 2019
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Xerox Phaser 6510

 

$299.99

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1200 X 2400 DPI
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28ppm
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Feb 2016
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Canon MF216N

5 Reviews

$179.45

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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23ppm
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Sep 2015
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Canon imageCLASS LBP6230DW

115 Reviews

$169.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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25ppm
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Aug 2014
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Xerox Phaser 6600

 

$490.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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36ppm
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Sep 2012
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Samsung M2070FW

95 Reviews

$197.32

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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20ppm
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Sep 2015
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HP LaserJet Pro M227fdn

 

$179.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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30ppm
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Jan 2019
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Ricoh C250SF

143 Reviews

$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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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 81%. Compare all award winning laser printers.

Rank Brand Number of Laser Printers Price Range Average Rating
#1
HP Laser Printers 174 $98 - $7,500
81%
2,854 reviews
#2
Lexmark Laser Printers 100 $98 - $5,425
73%
274 reviews
#3
Ricoh Laser Printers 41 $190 - $3,856
72%
321 reviews
#4
Canon Laser Printers 74 $98 - $637
71%
420 reviews
#5
Xerox Laser Printers 43 $98 - $2,278
71%
2,139 reviews
#6
Samsung Laser Printers 38 $98 - $1,200
69%
2,055 reviews
#7
OKI Laser Printers 36 $98 - $5,000
63%
22 reviews
#8
Kyocera Laser Printers 29 $234 - $2,699
33%
1 review
#9
DELL Laser Printers 27 $98 - $725
29%
2 reviews
#10
Brother Laser Printers 69 $98 - $2,399

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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

We currently list 221 laser printers ranging from $25 to $7,500. The average price of a new laser printer is $952 and the 80% of laser printers are priced between $130 and $2,699. The most expensive laser printer that we found is the HP M880Z at $7,500, and the cheapest is the Canon LBP251DW at only $25.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

The highest average laser printer price out of all brands is HP laser printers with an average price of $1,422. HP laser printers range in price from $95 to $7,500.

Ricoh laser printers start at $190 and their most expensive laser printer costs $3,856. The average price of Ricoh laser printers is $1,100 which is the second highest average price of all laser printer brands.

Lexmark laser printers start at $36 and their most expensive laser printer costs $5,425. The third highest average laser printer price out of all brands is Lexmark laser printers with an average price of $1,019.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 458 expert reviews and 7,639 user reviews for laser printers 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 81%. Lexmark is the second best brand with 73% and Ricoh is the third best brand with 72%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

The biggest laser printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 144 current laser printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 122 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Adorama when it comes to laser printers. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 93 current offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

We couldn't see any evident trend in the release dates for new laser printers over the last 3 years. August was the biggest month in 2020 for new laser printers, with six new laser printers released that month. In 2019 most new laser printers were released in January, with 41 new laser printers released that month. The biggest month in 2018 for new laser printer releases was August, with 19 new laser printers released that month.

How Fast Do Laser Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, laser printers drop in price by 13% on average.

A typical new laser printer costs on average $952. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $125.

Maximum Resolutions

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

We found 363 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. 600 x 600 DPI is the second most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new laser printers. We found 123 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.

Comparing all laser printers, the print speeds range from 8ppm to 75ppm. The print speeds of the majority of laser printers range from 25ppm to 35ppm. The laser printer with the fastest print speed is the HP LaserJet Enterprise M612dn, which is a 75ppm print speed laser printer and can be purchased for $1,799.99. The laser printer with the slowest print speed is the Ricoh SP112, which is a 16ppm print speed laser printer and is on sale for $239.99.

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.

The number of new laser printers that do and are laser printers which do not support colour printing is roughly the same. 299 laser printers (46%) do are laser printers which support colour printing and 54% of 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 eBay. 125 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. 86.8% of their laser printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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