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The 10 Best Laser/LED Printers - May 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 491 laser/LED printers, 1,390 reviews and 2,990 prices. Last updated 23 May 2017.

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Cx410
#1 in Laser/LED Printers

Lexmark Cx410

alphr.com - Recommended
6 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • $26.97
    eBay
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  • $245.00 Amazon US
  • $374.99 Adorama
C332dn
#2 in Laser/LED Printers

OKI C332dn

PC Mag - Editor's Choiceljudochbild.se - Recommended
5 Reviews + 2 Awards
Yes
LED
Colour
Print Technologies
  • $249.99
    Newegg US
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  • More shops: 3
  • $249.99 Newegg US
M553n
#3 in Laser/LED Printers

HP M553n

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Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • $474.99
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M553
#5 in Laser/LED Printers

HP M553

alphr.com - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choiceitpro.co.uk - Recommended
10 Reviews + 3 Awards
Yes
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • $626.92
    Overstock
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  • $639.00 Adorama
  • $639.99 Newegg US
Phaser 6600
#5 in Laser/LED Printers

Xerox Phaser 6600

5 Reviews
Yes
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • $626.53
    eBay
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C1810
#6 in Laser/LED Printers

Samsung C1810

hardware.info - Bronze Awardbuyerslab.com - 2014 PickExpert Reviews - Best Buy
7 Reviews + 3 Awards
Yes
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • $195.00
    eBay
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  • $295.33 Overstock
  • $307.26 Newegg US
M227
#6 in Laser/LED Printers

HP M227

3 Reviews
No
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • $269.99
    Newegg US
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  • More shops: 3
  • $296.99 Adorama
7500
#7 in Laser/LED Printers

Xerox 7500

pcworld.com_techhive.com - Business Readydigitalartsonline.co.uk - Best BuyPC Mag - Editor's Choicemacworld.co.uk - Editor's Choice
7 Reviews + 4 Awards
Yes
LED
Colour
Print Technologies
  • $2,799.99
    Newegg US
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M2825
#8 in Laser/LED Printers

Samsung M2825

Digitaltrends.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicebuyerslab.com - 2013 Pick
7 Reviews + 3 Awards
No
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • $79.99
    Newegg US
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M252
#9 in Laser/LED Printers

HP M252

vido.com.ua - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's ChoiceTrusted Reviews - Recommended
7 Reviews + 4 Awards
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Laser
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Print Technologies
  • $199.98
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  • $243.84 Overstock
  • $299.00 Adorama

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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 51 $20 - $2,600 77%
Lexmark logo Lexmark Laser/LED Printers 50 $27 - $3,350 92%
Brother logo Brother Laser/LED Printers 26 $67 - $1,200
Samsung logo Samsung Laser/LED Printers 24 $80 - $596 81%
Xerox logo Xerox Laser/LED Printers 20 $69 - $2,800 76%
Other brands Other Laser/LED Printer Brands 56 $70 - $4,499

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

Toner printers range in price from $19 to $3,857 and in total we found prices for 228 toner printers. On average, a new toner printer costs $613 and 80% of toner printers are priced between $96 and $1,550. The most expensive toner printer that we found is the Ricoh SP C831DN at $3,856, and the cheapest is the HP P2035 at only $20.

Laser/LED Printer Brands - Price Range

The highest average toner printer price out of all brands is OKI toner printers with an average price of $865. OKI toner printers range in price from $169 to $3,249.

Lexmark laser/LED printers range in price from $27 to $3,350, and the second highest average toner printer price out of all brands is Lexmark laser/LED printers with an average price of $831.

Ricoh toner printers start at $70 and the most expensive Ricoh laser/LED printer costs $3,856. The average price of Ricoh toner printers is $780 which is the third highest average price of all laser/LED printer brands.

Toner Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 308 expert reviews and 11 user reviews for toner printers and used these reviews to determine 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 Toner Printer Retailers

We found 138 current offers for toner printers from Newegg US making it the biggest laser/LED printer retailer. That is the same as the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 138 current offers for toner printers. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 135 current laser/LED printer offers.

When Are Most New Toner Printers Released?

September to October is the most common period for new laser/LED printers to be released in. For the latest laser/LED printer features you may want to consider waiting until September 2017. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current toner printers cheaper in September once the latest models have been released. Last year most new laser/LED printers were released in October, with 23 new laser/LED printers released that month. September was the biggest month in 2015 for new toner printers, with 165 new toner printers released that month. Also the biggest month in 2014 for new laser/LED printer releases was September, with 46 new toner printers released that month.

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

In the first 6 months after release, laser/LED printers drop in price by 13% on average. That means a saving of $77 on a typical $613 new toner printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Colours

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

Across the range of laser/LED printers, the print speeds (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) range from 8ppm to 71ppm. The print speeds (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) of most toner printers range from 27ppm to 33ppm. The LexmarkMS812dtn has the fastest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter). This laser/LED printer is a 70ppm Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Let toner printer and is priced at $1,879.99. The LexmarkMS812dtn, which is priced at $58.95, has the slowest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) and is an 8ppm Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Let toner printer.

Biggest Toner Printer Retailers

We found 138 current offers for toner printers from Newegg US making it the biggest laser/LED printer retailer. That is the same as the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 138 current offers for toner printers. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 135 current laser/LED printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Laser/LED Printers?

The cheapest store by number of laser/LED printer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 100 toner printers.

Proportion of Toner Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest toner printer prices (found to be cheapest for 74.1% of its laser/LED printers).

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