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The 10 Best Laser/LED Printers - June 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every laser/LED printer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 510 laser/LED printers, 1,420 reviews and 3,270 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.

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#2 in Laser/LED Printers
6700

Xerox 6700

4 Reviews
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Laser
Sep 2015
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Print Technologies
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#3 in Laser/LED Printers
M2885

Samsung M2885

buyerslab.com - 2014 Pick
7 Reviews + 1 Award
No
Laser
Sep 2015
Colour
Print Technologies
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#3 in Laser/LED Printers
C1810

Samsung C1810

hardware.info - Bronze Awardbuyerslab.com - 2014 PickExpert Reviews - Best Buy
7 Reviews + 3 Awards
Yes
Laser
Sep 2015
Colour
Print Technologies
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  • $295.33
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#4 in Laser/LED Printers
MF229

Canon MF229

3 Reviews
No
Laser
Sep 2015
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Print Technologies
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#5 in Laser/LED Printers
M2070

Samsung M2070

vido.com.ua - Recommendedcomputershopper.com - Good For Familiespcforalla.idg.se - Good ChoiceTrusted Reviews - Recommended
13 Reviews + 4 Awards
No
Laser
Sep 2015
Colour
Print Technologies
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#6 in Laser/LED Printers
M252

HP M252

vido.com.ua - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's ChoiceTrusted Reviews - Recommended
7 Reviews + 4 Awards
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Laser
Sep 2015
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Print Technologies
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#7 in Laser/LED Printers
2420n

HP 2420n

No
Laser
May 2015
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Print Technologies
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  • $27.00
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#10 in Laser/LED Printers
Phaser 3260

Xerox Phaser 3260

hardware.info - Gold Award
3 Reviews + 1 Award
No
Laser
Sep 2015
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Print Technologies
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  • $74.99
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#11 in Laser/LED Printers
C1860

Samsung C1860

buyerslab.com - 2014 PickExpert Reviews - Recommended
8 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Laser
Sep 2015
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Print Technologies
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#13 in Laser/LED Printers
HL1112

Brother HL1112

No
Laser
Sep 2015
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Print Technologies
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  • $52.67
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Laser/LED Printer Brands

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

Logo Brand Number of Laser/LED Printers Price Range Average Rating
HP logo HP Laser/LED Printers 65 $19 - $2,600 68%
Lexmark logo Lexmark Laser/LED Printers 55 $27 - $2,700 71%
Brother logo Brother Laser/LED Printers 33 $20 - $1,200
Samsung logo Samsung Laser/LED Printers 22 $80 - $1,600 71%
OKI logo OKI Laser/LED Printers 21 $169 - $3,382 66%
Xerox logo Xerox Laser/LED Printers 21 $75 - $2,800 73%
Ricoh logo Ricoh Laser/LED Printers 20 $70 - $3,856 66%
Other brands Other Laser/LED Printer Brands 36 $60 - $1,161

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.

However while laser printers are very good for black & white printing, they are very weak at anything involving colour. Many laser printers are simply incapable of printing in colour, since the toner they use only comes in one colour. Colour laser printers do exist, but have nowhere near the quality of inkjet or photo printers.

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/LED Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

Toner Printer Prices

We currently list 240 toner printers ranging from $19 to $3,857. On average, a new toner printer costs $570 and 80% of toner printers are priced between $89 and $1,300. The most expensive laser/LED printer that we found is the Ricoh SP C831DN at $3,856, and the cheapest is the HP P2035 at only $19.

Toner Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI laser/LED printers range in price from $130 to $3,249, and the average price of OKI laser/LED printers is $942 which is the highest average price of all laser/LED printer brands.

The average price of Ricoh laser/LED printers is $740 which is the second highest average price of all laser/LED printer brands. Ricoh laser/LED printers range in price from $70 to $3,856.

The third highest average laser/LED printer price out of all brands is Lexmark laser/LED printers with an average price of $693. Lexmark laser/LED printers range in price from $20 to $3,350.

Laser/LED Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 301 expert reviews and 11 user reviews for toner printers available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of toner printer. The top three laser/LED printer brands are Brother, Kyocera and Lexmark. Brother has an average rating of 83%, Kyocera has an average rating of 82% and Lexmark has an average rating of 81%.

Biggest Laser/LED Printer Retailers

We found 143 current offers for toner printers from eBay making it the biggest toner printer retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 140 current offers for toner printers. The third biggest retailer is Newegg US with 124 current toner printer offers.

When Are Most New Laser/LED Printers Released?

Most new laser/LED printers tend to be released between September and October. If you wait until September 2017 then you might be able to get better features on your laser/LED printer. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current laser/LED printers tend to drop off when the next models are released. The biggest month in 2016 for new laser/LED printer releases was October, with 23 new toner printers released that month. September was the biggest month in 2015 for new toner printers, with 165 new toner printers released that month. 46 new laser/LED printers were released in September 2014 making it the biggest month that year as well for new laser/LED printer releases.

How Fast Do Laser/LED Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, toner printers drop in price by 15%. That means that on a typical laser/LED printer costing $570 you could save on average $86 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Colours

Print Speeds (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)

The print speeds (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) of laser/LED printers range from 8ppm to 71ppm. The print speeds (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) of most laser/LED printers range from 27ppm to 33ppm. The laser/LED printer with the fastest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) is the LexmarkMS812dtn, which is a 70ppm Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Let laser/LED printer and sells for $1,851.78. The laser/LED printer with the slowest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) is the LexmarkMS812dtn, which is an 8ppm Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Let laser/LED printer and is priced at $58.95.

Biggest Laser/LED Printer Retailers

We found 143 current offers for toner printers from eBay making it the biggest toner printer retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 140 current offers for toner printers. The third biggest retailer is Newegg US with 124 current toner printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Toner Printers?

The cheapest retailer by number of toner printer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 111 toner printers.

Proportion of Toner Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 77.6% of its laser/LED printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest toner printer store.

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