Most of the work we do from home—be it for an employer, to keep our personal finances in order, or for school—can be completed and submitted digitally. Once in a while, however, you might need to print and sign a legal contract, scan receipts for your accountant, or free a photo that’s been trapped on your smartphone to hang on your wall. Situations like these are what make owning a reliable multifunction home printer so attractive.
If you’re someone who needs to print a lot of black-text documents, as opposed to lots of graphics and photos, you may find that the speed and precision of a laser printer suits your needs far better than an inkjet one. Having tested a number of great models, these are our recommendations for the best laser printers you can buy online right now.
Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw
It has an ADF with duplex scanning, so you can easily digitize double-sided, multi-page documents. Its flatbed scanner works fine for scanning documents, and it also has built-in fax, which is helpful for workplaces. The touchscreen display is large and responsive, so it’s easy to navigate through scan and print tasks. You can connect it to a network via the Ethernet port or Wi-Fi, and you can also print directly from USB flash drives.
HP COLOR LASERJET PRO MFP M479FDW
BUILT TO KEEP YOUR BUSINESS MOVING FORWARD – Print, scan, copy and fax consistently high-quality documents with the HP Color LaserJet Pro Multifunction M479fdw, a wireless printer designed to let you focus on growing your business
HP WOLF PRO SECURITY – Protect company data and safeguard against cyberattacks with protection built into the printer hardware, firmware and OS
Canon imageCLASS MF445dw
It prints longer documents at a speed of 28 PPM and printing a single page only takes about seven seconds, even if the printer was idle for over an hour. This makes it great for all types of documents if you need them fast. Also, it has a flatbed scanner, automatic document feeder, and built-in fax, so you should be set for all of your office needs. There’s a wide range of wireless printing options, whether you’re printing from a PC, Apple device, or Android device.
I experienced similar issues while attempting to print from my Windows and Apple laptops. After requesting that a document be printed, a small box would pop up in the corner of my computer’s display to tell me that the print job was queued; however, nothing would print. More frustrating than this, there was no way to clear the print queue. I turned to Lexmark’s troubleshooting suggestions to resolve these issues, but was unsuccessful in finding a solution. Be ready to connect to the MB2236 using a USB cable.
HP LaserJet Enterprise M507n Monochrome Printer
REDEFINE LONG-TERM BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS – Print consistently high-quality documents with the HP LaserJet Enterprise M507n, a monochrome laser printer designed to keep up with the demands of a growing business
THE WORLD’S MOST SECURE PRINTING – Your laser printer has the industry’s strongest security, with over 200 embedded security features that help protect your printer’s information, thwart malware, and continually detect and stop attacks
How did we choose?
Of course, there is quite a range of laser printers now on offer for consumers to choose from. When compiling this review, this meant we had to narrow down the devices by taking into account speed, longevity, print quality – and cost. Another important consideration was what the printer might eventually be used for.
Will the printer be used at home or based in the office? Will it primarily be used to print the odd document or image for your child’s schoolwork, for example, or will it have to manage a more intensive workload? These were all important factors that we considered in order to provide a review that covered a broad spectrum of printers and use-cases.
Each laser printer we source for testing is measured on our test bench and the results are critically compared with every other model we have reviewed. Rather than relying on the manufacturer’s quoted figures, we time the first page out and print speeds in single sheet and duplex mode using a standard ten-page document and a stopwatch app.
To compare print quality, we print out the same set of test documents on every machine. These twelve test pages include text of varying font sizes and colors, mixed image and text pages, a set of photos and a series of test patterns designed to assess sharpness, color fidelity, contrast and grey scale.
We also calculate running costs, compare functionality and consider each product’s versatility, design and build quality. The overall score reflects all of these parameters and overall value for money.