For faster printing and great value for money, you can’t go wrong with a laser printer. They’re ideal for heavy print volumes and considerably faster than inkjet printer. But what should you look for when buying a laser printer? With so many available, how do you choose? Read on for our top considerations as well as our recommendations for the best laser printers.
- Monochrome Or Colour?
While it is always cheaper to buy a printer that offers only black-and-white prints, you may find yourself needing to print in colour more often than you think. So consider what is most important to you. If you only need to print invoices and monochrome documents then you can save money by opting for a monochrome laser printer but if you have to print school projects or hand-outs for a presentation at work, it may be worth going for a colour printer instead.
Are you just going to be printing or will you also make use of a scanner, copier and fax machine? If the answer to the latter is yes, you may wish to consider investing in a multifunction printer. Sometimes known as an all-in-one printer, these machines offer all of the functions you need without the hassle of buying them separately.
- Type Of Paper
If you run a small business from home, you may need to print on different types of paper, such as labels, envelopes and card. In that case, look for a printer that comes with a multi-purpose tray. Check the specifications for the weight of paper it can handle (in gsm). You may also want to have the ability to print double sided or to scan a multi-page document – if so, be sure to double check that the printer you’re buying is capable of such tasks.
- Easy To Use
In today’s technological world, everything is moving towards user-friendly intuitive design – and printers are no exception, with many now offering touchscreen control. This can be handy if you’re used to a touchscreen tablet, mobile or laptop and can make navigation faster.
- Wi-Fi Connectivity
If you have a wireless network set up, you’ll want a printer that comes with Wi-Fi Direct connectivity to enable you to print from any device. If you do go down this route, check that the printer supports all of your devices. Some laser printers even support printing from the Cloud which allows you to print directly from OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Docs without having to use your mobile or computer.
- Duty Cycle
The amount of printing you expect to do on a monthly basis will be determined by the printer’s duty cycle. So if you print in high volume every day, it’s important to choose a laser printer with a heavy duty cycle to accommodate this. If you only print a couple of pages every few days then a lower duty cycle should suffice. As a guide, 5,000 pages per month should suffice for home printing, while businesses could require a printer with a duty cycle of up to 25,000 pages.
Once you’ve considered all of the above factors, you’ll have a clearer idea of what you need from a laser printer. Here are our top picks.
- HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
Enjoy fast print speeds of up to 18 pages per minute in both monochrome and colour when you invest in the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw. With Cloud connectivity, you’re free to print documents remotely, so there’s no need to go through your mobile or laptop. Compact and capable of handling multiple types of paper, it’s ideal for a home business user.
- HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553X
For stunning print quality at super-fast speeds (up to 38 pages per minute), the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553X is ideal for businesses with high volume printing needs. Enjoy professional quality prints every time from any device, whether wired or wireless.
- HP LaserJet Pro MFP M225dw
If your budget is a little smaller but you still need a high-quality printer then the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M225dw offers a fast laser engine combined with low running costs. Capable of printing, scanning, copying and faxing, enjoy every service in one for ease of use. This printer has a print speed of up to 25 pages per minute, which is ideal if you need to print a document urgently.
- Brother MFC-L2740DW
Ideal for small or home offices, the Brother MFC-L2740DW offers Cloud connectivity and is compatible with numerous mobile printing apps so you can print remotely or straight from your smartphone. Boasting a fast print speed of up to 30 pages per minute, you can be confident that you can print and go without the hassle of waiting around. The double-sided printing feature also helps to reduce waste and save money on paper.
- Brother HL-L2300D Mono Laser Printer
You’ll get great value for your money when you invest in the Brother HL-L2300D Mono Laser Printer. Ideal for use in home offices, you can enjoy professional quality printing at speeds of up to 26 pages per minute. Double-sided printing options help to reduce paper wastage while the high yield toner cartridges keep running costs to a minimum.
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