The best Laser Printers for Your Home Office

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Laser printers are not for everyone. They tend to be larger and more expensive than inkjet printers and are not so good in producing pictures. But they do offer a number of useful benefits.

They have no ink nozzles, which can clog with ink when not in use, for example; that means that laser printers require very little maintenance. They generally churn out crisp black-and-white pages faster than inkjets, which is the reason why laser printers are office and classroom staples. And the mono models, which print only in black and white, can be significantly cheaper to use—if you are in possession of an inkjet printer you know how expensive replacement ink.

If a laser printer sounds appealing, check out these models recommended by our testers. All wireless capabilities, so you can print directly from a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

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Dell E525w

The top all-in-one option in our Ratings, the Dell E525w not only color printing, but also get a lot of appreciation for the speed and the quality of the text, photocopies and graphics it produces. It even delivers very good pictures.

And at $245, it is pretty cheap for such a versatile printer. But all that performance comes at extra costs. When you factor in the toner and other maintenance, the Dell E525w can you be more like $700 on the two-year mark, according to our estimates. And that is a bit high for a color laser.

If you’re willing to get rid of the high-quality photos, you can save money by getting the Dell H625cdw, which has an estimated two year cost of € 630.

Samsung ProXpress C2620DW

Such as Dell, Samsung ProXpress C2620DW, $350, is a peak in the laser printer world, because it excels in printing color photos and images. It handles text really well, shoot pages quickly and requires little maintenance. (The estimated two-year cost of ownership is about $510.) However, this printer can not scan or make copies, which can be a deal-breaker for some.

Brother MFC-L2700DW

This all-in-one black-and-white printer is easy to recommend. To start, you can buy the Brother MFC-L2700DW for $200 or less. And, thanks in large part to the cheap toner, our cost-of-ownership estimate that only adds about $50 per year. And, finally, the scan, copy, fax and automatic duplex unit (print both sides of the paper) characteristics come in handy in a home office.

This printer is not perfect. It does not offer color printing, and it is not ideal for charts and graphs. But if you don’t need these options, there is no need to pay extra for them.

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