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Laser Printer Buying Guide

Laser printers will provide you with fast, precise and economical prints, making them the obvious choice for many offices and homes. However, before you buy your laser printer there are many factors you should consider in order to match your printing needs to the best laser printer for you.

MULTIFUNCTION LASER PRINTERS

Multifunction laser printers are not only printers, they can also copy, scan and fax. For smaller offices or infrequent fax or scanner usage the multifunction laser printer is the ideal solution. Multifunction laser printers are also great from a cost point of view. Buying and running multiple devices is a lot more expensive than owning a multifunction laser printer. Multifunction printers also have the exact same print quality as standard laser printers; this means you have all the added multifunction extras plus the same laser printer quality. We have every Multifunction Laser Printer to suit your needs, find below 3 great examples.

Brother MFC-8890DW A4 Multifunction Printer

Only
£377.33
ex VAT

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Resolution:
1200 x 1200 dpi
Speed:
30 Mono ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
250 sheets

Brother MFC-9970CDW A4 Multifunction Printer

Only
£379.00
ex VAT

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buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
2400 x 600 dpi
Speed:
28 Mono ppm
28 Colour ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
300 sheets

Lexmark CX510dthew A4 Multifunction Printer

Only
£968.13
ex VAT

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Resolution:
1200 x 1200 dpi
Speed:
30 Mono ppm
30 Colour ppm
Compatibility:
Windows&Mac
Connection:
USB

COLOUR LASER PRINTERS

Colour laser printers are basically adapted from mono laser printers. This is done by using cyan, magenta and yellow to produce different colours. Colour laser printers can still be expensive in both printer cost and cost per page. This makes choosing the right printing technology to meet your needs and cost control a critical part of your laser printer choice process. However, with the inevitable technological advances the prices of colour laser printers will continue drop, making the laser printer essential and indispensable to many offices and homes. Have a look below at some Printer Experts recommended colour laser printers…

Brother HL-4570CDW A4 Colour Laser Printer

Only
£194.00
ex VAT

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buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
2400 x 600 dpi
Speed:
28 Mono ppm
28 Colour ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
250 sheets

Lexmark C792de A4 Colour Laser Printer

Only
£398.00
ex VAT

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buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
1200 x 1200 dpi
Speed:
47 Mono ppm
47 Colour ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
550 sheets

HP CP4025n A4 Colour Laser Printer

Only
£586.99
ex VAT

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buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
1200 x 1200 dpi
Speed:
35 Mono ppm
35 Colour ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
100 sheets

MONO LASER PRINTERS

Laser printers use the same electrostatic technology as photocopiers, which is why they are so fast. The monochrome laser printer takes full advantage of this and produces sharp text very quickly. This is particularly important if you will be printing fonts that are larger or smaller than average. Toner for mono laser printers is also fairly inexpensive which means lower per page costs. Visit our Mono Laser Printers page to see our full range, alternatively have a look at a few of our best sellers below…

Oki B411d A4 Mono Laser Printer

Only
£133.78
ex VAT

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buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
2400 x 600 dpi
Speed:
33 Mono ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Parallel
USB
Paper Tray:
250 sheets

HP P2055dn A4 Mono Laser Printer

Only
£240.00
ex VAT

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buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
1200 x 1200 dpi
Speed:
33 Mono ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
250 sheets

Samsung ML-5510 A4 Mono Laser Printer

Only
£544.09
ex VAT

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buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
1200 x 1200 dpi
Speed:
52 Mono ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
520 sheets

WIRELESS LASER PRINTERS

Along with most useful technology, laser printers are available wireless. The simplest way to go wireless is to buy a wireless Wi-Fi ready laser printer, easy. However, you may already have the perfect laser printer and not want the expense of buying a whole new wireless printer. In this case you can use a wireless print server. Just plug it into your printers USB socket and install the software for wireless printing within minutes. Wireless printing also means neater work spaces and great printing flexibility. See below some of our bestselling wireless printers…

Canon MF8080cw A4 Multifunction Printer

Only
£207.83
ex VAT

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buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
600 x 600 dpi
Speed:
12 Mono ppm
8 Colour ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
150 Sheet Input Tray sheets

Brother MFC-9970CDW A4 Multifunction Printer

Only
£379.00
ex VAT

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buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
2400 x 600 dpi
Speed:
28 Mono ppm
28 Colour ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
300 sheets

Lexmark C734dw A4 Colour Laser Printer

Only
£672.00
ex VAT

more info...
buyer rating: printer
Resolution:
1200 x 1200 dpi
Speed:
28 Mono ppm
28 Colour ppm
Compatibility:
Windows / Mac
Connection:
Network
USB
Paper Tray:
100 sheets

Laser Printers In More Detail

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The resolution of a laser printer is what determines the print quality. However the resolution is not always a final guarantee of quality. Two printers with identical quoted resolution may have varying print results. The print quality of a laser printer can also come down to other factors such as, build quality, engine type, toner compound type and component quality.

  • Measured in DPI (Dots Per Inch)
  • DPI is the amount of ink placed in a one inch line of print
  • Quoted for both the horizontal and vertical (i.e. 300 x 600)
  • The Higher the resolution, the better the quality

Advertised print speeds for laser printers are rarely exactly as claimed in the specs. Engine speed is not always the best indicator of true print time. Online reviews will detail a more accurate print time.

  • Measured by PPM (page per minute)
  • PPM doesn’t take into account processing time
  • A more accurate measure could be the first page print speed
  • Laser printers are faster than inkjets, with mono text being faster than colour graphics

Paper handling capabilities are one of the most crucial parts of printing. They are often thought as being the same for all laser printers but this is not the case. Paper trays, paper weights and paper sizes (A4 & A3) are just a few things to consider.

  • Expect to pay more for a laser printer that can handle A3
  • Additional paper trays can hold between 250-500 sheets
  • Straight through paper feeds will assist with printing on types of paper and card
  • Colour laser printers often need specialized stock for optimal results

The most overlooked aspect when buying a new laser printer is the printers running cost. It can often be that the cheaper the printer the more expensive the running costs will be.

  • Consumables are anything that needs replacing regularly, which can include toner, drums, fuser and waste toner units
  • Laser printer running costs will outweigh the initial printer price
  • Divide the total cost of consumables by amount of pages produced from them to calculate cost per page
  • Toners will need replacing most often, making then the most costly consumables

Find the consumables you need on our Consumables page

Double sided printing (duplexing) was once exclusive to expensive printers for big corporate workplaces. These days printing on both sides of the paper has never been easier.

  • Helps reduce paper usage, saving you money and some trees too
  • Duplex can come automatic or manual
  • Duplex is also a feature available to scanning
  • Higher volume laser printers are able to print of both sides of a piece of paper in a single pass

View our range of duplex printers on our Duplex Laser Printers page

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