A laser printer has three big benefits over other types of printer. The print quality is generally better, the printing speed is faster, and it’s quieter. The best brands of laser printer on the market will be above average in providing all three of these benefits, while also being compact, power-stingy, and not too expensive to maintain.
The list of printers below is rated according to print quality, speed, energy consumption, and price, while also considering features such as wireless printing and size and weight. Based on all of these factors, here is our choice for the top four models this year.
The maximum resolution for either black and white or color printing is 2400 x 600. The print speed is 30 pages per minute (one per two seconds). It’s Energy Star qualified and uses only 560 watts of power, and weighs less than 50 pounds. The interface is easy to use with a good display. The price varies but is generally under $250.
HP Color Laserjet CP3525n
The maximum resolution is 1200 x 600. The print speed is 30 pages per minute (one per two seconds). It’s Energy Star qualified, using only slightly more power than the Brother model above while being a little bulkier and heavier. Wireless printing comes as an option. One reason for a high rating is Hewlett-Packard’s top-rated technical and customer support.
The downside is that this model is a bit pricy at roughly $650.
Canon imageCLASS LBP6650dn
The Canon gives lower-quality printing than either of the two above at a maximum resolution of 600 x 600, but that’s more than adequate for most purposes. It’s slightly faster at 35 pages per minute. It’s as energy-stingy as the Brother and comes with wireless printing as a standard feature. It’s quite nicely compact: 16 x 11 x 15 inches and weighing only 26 pounds.
It’s also the lowest-priced model we considered at roughly $250. Unless you need print quality higher than it offers, it’s probably the best choice.
This model is almost the same as the other Brother, but very slightly bulkier and heavier and with a higher sheet capacity (800 sheet magazine compared to 250 sheets for the CDW). The printing quality and speed are the same, as are most of the features other than the paper magazine.
It also costs about $50 more than the CDW. If the choice is between the two Brother models, choose this one if you expect to do a lot of high-volume printing where the larger magazine would be an important feature.
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