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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique laser printers rating which considers: 1,800 US prices • 3,800 expert & user reviews • 680 product comparisons • 62 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1
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Ricoh SP 6430

11 Reviews
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$983.03

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Aug 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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Ricoh SP 5300

3 Reviews

$439.95

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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50ppm
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Sep 2016
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Xerox 6605

19 Reviews

$649.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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35ppm
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Sep 2015
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HP D3L09ABGJ

6 Reviews

$2,699.00

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600 X 600 DPI
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30ppm
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Oct 2016
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Canon MF229DW

9 Reviews

$270.56

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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27ppm
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Sep 2015
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Xerox 6515DNI

19 Reviews
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$249.97

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1200 X 2400 DPI
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30ppm
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Nov 2016
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Samsung M4070FR

5 Reviews

$224.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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40ppm
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Sep 2015
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Samsung M2885FW

137 Reviews
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$222.94

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4800 X 600 DPI
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28ppm
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Sep 2015
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Lexmark MS810DE

$600.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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52ppm
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Aug 2015
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Lexmark CX410DTE

15 Reviews
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$355.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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30ppm
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Sep 2015
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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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Canon MF216N

4 Reviews
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$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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Lexmark C748

6 Reviews

$1,147.84

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2400 X 600 DPI
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33ppm
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Apr 2012
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Xerox B400

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$179.97

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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47ppm
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Dec 2016
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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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HP LaserJet M651DN

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$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 LBP6030B

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

293 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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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
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HP Laser Printers 120 $38 - $4,718
81%
631 reviews
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Lexmark Laser Printers 94 $85 - $4,050
77%
108 reviews
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Ricoh Laser Printers 44 $189 - $3,856
75%
121 reviews
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Canon Laser Printers 65 $108 - $637
73%
308 reviews
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Samsung Laser Printers 37 $125 - $1,200
72%
1,399 reviews
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Xerox Laser Printers 43 $89 - $1,900
67%
117 reviews
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Brother Laser Printers 65 $64 - $630
66%
2 reviews
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OKI Laser Printers 34 $150 - $2,847
57%
10 reviews
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Kyocera Laser Printers 28 $191 - $1,399
34%
1 review
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DELL Laser Printers 27 $110 - $600
30%
2 reviews

Trending Laser Printer Comparisons

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Canon
LBP6030
$159.99
Marginally
better user
reviews
Newer by five
months
VS
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HP
M102
$81.95
$78 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Brother
MFC-L2740
$219.97
$75 cheaper
3ppm faster
print speed
VS
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Canon
MF249
$294.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
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Brother
HL-1110
$76.12
Bigger maximum
resolution
2ppm faster
print speed
VS
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HP
LaserJet Pro M15w
$38.00
$38 cheaper
Five years
newer
Better Kagoo
Score
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HP
Pro P1102
$429.99
Better brand
VS
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Canon
LBP6030
$159.99
$270 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
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HP
Pro P1102
$429.99
Better brand
VS
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Canon
LBP6030
$159.99
$270 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Samsung
M2835Dw
$149.97
Better brand
Bigger maximum
resolution
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Brother
HL-L2350DW
$119.99
$30 cheaper
14 months newer
2ppm faster
print speed
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Brother
MFC-L2740
$219.97
$75 cheaper
3ppm faster
print speed
VS
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Canon
MF249
$294.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
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Brother
Mfc-9340
$499.97
$77 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger maximum
resolution
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OKI
MC573dn
$576.99
Better brand
Nine months
newer
22% faster
print speed
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OKI
C332dn
$182.99
$60 cheaper
Newer by two
years
10ppm faster
print speed
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Ricoh
C250
$242.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Two more awards
Better brand
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Brother
HL-L2390DW
$134.00
$71 cheaper
14% faster
print speed
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Canon
MF244dw
$204.99
Better brand
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Brother
HL-L8360
$349.99
4 times the
maximum
resolution
VS
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Xerox
VersaLink C400
$259.99
$90 cheaper
Two more awards
Better Kagoo
Score
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HP
M102
$81.95
$326 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Lexmark
MS317DN
$408.05
Faster print
speed
Two months
newer
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HP
M102
$81.95
$326 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Lexmark
MS317DN
$408.05
24% faster
print speed
Newer by two
months
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Brother
HL-3170CDW
$250.99
4 times the
maximum
resolution
VS
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HP
M452
$149.49
$102 cheaper
Newer by three
years
Better Kagoo
Score
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Brother
HL-L2340DW
$61.00
$109 cheaper
Slightly faster
print speed
VS
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Canon
LBP6230
$169.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
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HP
M102
$81.95
$52 cheaper
Newer by 18
months
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Samsung
M2070
$133.90
More popular
Four more
awards
Better brand
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Samsung
C1860
$450.59
Better Kagoo
Score
Two more awards
Better brand
VS
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Xerox
WorkCentre 6027
$159.99
$291 cheaper
Bigger maximum
resolution
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OKI
C332dn
$182.99
$39 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Kyocera
ECOSYS P5021cd
$221.50
4 times the
maximum
resolution
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Brother
Hl-3140Cw
$221.78
Better brand
2400 x 600 DPI
DPI
VS
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OKI
C332dn
$182.99
$39 cheaper
Five years
newer
Better Kagoo
Score
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Brother
HL-L2350DW
$119.99
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Bigger maximum
resolution
VS
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HP
LaserJet Pro M15w
$38.00
$82 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by five
months
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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

Laser printers range in price from $38 to $4,718 and in total we found prices for 256 laser printers. On average, a new laser printer costs $683 and 80% of laser printers are priced between $149 and $1,799. The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is the cheapest laser printer at only $38, and HP M725F is the most expensive at $4,718.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of HP laser printers is $1,115 which is the highest average price of all laser printer brands. HP laser printers start at $38 and their most expensive laser printer costs $4,718.

The second highest average laser printer price out of all brands is Ricoh laser printers with an average price of $1,036. Ricoh laser printers range in price from $189 to $3,856.

Lexmark laser printers start at $85 and their most expensive laser printer costs $4,050. The average price of Lexmark laser printers is $811 which is the third highest average price of all laser printer brands.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 362 expert reviews and 2,346 user reviews for laser printers and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of laser printer. The top rated laser printer brand is HP with an average rating of 81%. The second best brand is Lexmark with 77% and the third best brand is Ricoh with 75%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

We found 202 current offers for laser printers from eBay making it the biggest laser printer retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 163 current offers for laser printers. The third biggest retailer is Newegg US with 139 current laser printer offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

The most common period for new laser printers to be released in is between August and October. For the latest laser printer features you may want to consider waiting until August 2019. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current laser printers cheaper in August once the latest models have been released. 19 new laser printers were released in August 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new laser printer releases. The biggest month in 2017 for new laser printer releases was November, with 91 new laser printers released that month. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new laser printers, with 39 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 7% on average. That means that on a typical laser printer costing $683 you could save on average $51 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

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

We found 326 laser printers that are 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printers, which makes 1200 x 1200 DPI the most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new laser printers. We found 100 laser printers that are 600 x 600 DPI laser printers, making 600 x 600 DPI 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.

Comparing all 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 765DN, which is a 75ppm print speed laser printer and sells for $3,799.00. The HP M251NW, which can be purchased for $500.00, 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.

Most new laser printers are laser printers which do not support colour printing. 326 laser printers out of 580 on Kagoo are laser printers which do not support colour printing and 254 out of 580 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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