Laser / LED Printers: Great Value at a Good Price

When nothing else but a laser-class printer will do

All content completely replaced on July 27th, 2016: Some people, as well as some government agencies, require laser or laser-class output--actually far more people than you might think, due, in part anyway, to a misconception that inkjet printers don't print as well as laser printers. For the most part, the only thing that laser and laser-class printers print better than today's inkjet is text, and that's not always the case either. For those of you who need laser output, here's a list I've compiled of some pretty good ones, both monochrome and color, single-function and multifunction printers, or MFPs.

Meanwhile, to clarify this "laser" vs. "laser-class" business, so we won't have to go back and forth with that: Actual laser printers have actual lasers in them, where laser-class printers instead use LED (light-emitting diode) arrays. LED arrays are typically cheaper, smaller, and use less energy than traditional laser apparatus, thereby allowing for smaller less-expensive printers.

In any case, on to the laser / LED printers. As usual, these machines are not listed in the order preference, but simply as viable suggestions:

1
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP m477fdw
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw, stylish with excellent print quality. Photo courtesy of HP

HP's Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw is loaded with features, it's relatively fast, with excellent print quality, with a decent monochrome cost per page. This MFP is part of HP’s JetIntelligence technology, which reportedly increases both speed and print quality, while lowering the amount of toner and power the printer uses. As with many HP products, you pay a little more the additional style and extra research, but in return you get quality prints and stylish-looking machines.

Buy the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw at Amazon

2
Canon's ImageClass MF419dw Black and White Printer

Canon ImageClass MF419dw monochrome MFP
Canon ImageClass MF419dw monochrome MFP. Canon

Good-looking, fast, copious monochrome pages with Canon’s ImageClass MF419dw Black and White Multifunction Printer, all-in-one, or AIO printer. With a 50,000-sheet duty cycle, somewhat large, expandable paper capacity input options, and a 50-sheet auto-duplexing automatic document printer, the MF419dw is built for business.

Buy the ImageClass MF419dw monochrome laser MFP at Amazon

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Brother HL-L6200DW Monochrome Business Laser Printer

Brother HL-L6200DW Monochrome Business Laser Printer
Brother HL-L6200DW Monochrome Business Laser Printer. Photograph courtesy of Brother

Print fast and cheap ($220 street) monochrome laser pages with Brother's HL-L6200DW monochrome laser printer, excellent speed, quality, economy, and low cost per page. If all you need is a single-function monochrome laser for churning out thousands of pages each month, this could be it.

Buy the Brother HL-L6200DW at Amazon

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Brother HL-L8350CDW Color Laser

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Brother HL-L8350CDW Color Laser Printer. Brother

Brother's single-function HL-L8350CDW color laser is fast, with good print quality; the cost per page, or CPP, is too high for a high-volume printer. This single-function laser is big and heavy, but it turns out great-looking prints at a pretty good clip, which is about all you can ask for, aside from a low cost per page.

Buy the Brother HL-L8350CDW Color Laser Printer at Amazon

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Dell's inexpensive E310dw monochrome laser-class printer

Dell E310dw single-function monochrome laser-class (LED) printer.
Dell E310dw single-function monochrome laser-class (LED) printer. Dell

Dell's inexpensive E310dw monochrome laser-class printer delivers decent black-and-white prints at a highly reasonable cost per page, or CPP. If you don't need color, or the ability to scan or copy, this under-$100 (street price) is a good value for a small home-based office, or perhaps your child's college dorm room.

Buy Dell's E310dw monochrome laser printer at Amazon

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Dell's E525w Color Multifunction Printer

Dell's entry-level E525w multifunction laser printer.
Dell's E525w Multifunction Color Laser Printer. Dell

Dell's E525w Color Multifunction Printer, a full-featured all-in-one laser-class MFP with good-looking output and decent performance, but also a relatively high per-page cost of operation, or cost per page. Keeping in mind that you can purchase this MFP for under $300, you really should click through to read more about this printer.

Buy Dell's E525W Color Laser AIO at Amazon

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Canon's Color imageCLASS LBP7660Cdn Laser Printer

Canon Color imageCLASS LBP7660Cdn Laser Printer
Canon Color imageCLASS LBP7660Cdn Laser Printer. Canon

Canon's Color imageCLASS LBP7660Cdn Laser Printer delivers excellent-quality prints at about average speeds for a single-function laser in this class. Print quality, on the other hand, is slightly above average. It's been around for a while now, giving the price a good long while to ease on down to around $370.

Buy the Canon Color imageCLASS LBP7660Cdn at Amazon

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HP's LaserJet Pro M402dw monochrome laser

HP LaserJet Pro M402dn
HP LaserJet Pro M402dn single-function monochrome. Photograph courtesy of HP

Great-looking prints with HP's LaserJet Pro M402dw monochrome laser printer and neck-breaking speeds with JetIntelligence toner technology. Jetintelligence is supposed to make the whole toner heating-and-applying-to-paper process faster and more economical. At 15 inches wide, by 25 inches from front to back, and 9.5 inches high, this little laser printer takes up very little space, and it prints fast and well.

Buy HP’s LaserJet Pro M402dw at Amazon

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