A new tweak on the laser printer is the LED printer, which works in essentially the same way but replaces the laser with an LED. As for inkjets, their big advantage is that colour models are available for pretty reasonable prices, and even the cheap ones are capable of printing decent photos. So if you’re looking to purchase only one printer for all your household needs, then an inkjet remains the best bet.
Brother MFC-L8900CDW Business Color Laser
Tackle high-volume print jobs as well as fulfill all the essential needs of your workgroup with the MFC-L8900CDW All-in-One Color Laser Printer from Brother. Featuring an 8.5 x 14″ flatbed scanner as well as a 70-sheet ADF, the MFC-L8900CDW will allow for high-quality scans, copies, and faxes to be made with ease, including duplex capabilities for every mode.
For printing, the unit features a 2400 x 600 dpi quality along with outstanding speeds of up to 33 ppm in simplex and the ability to produce 7 double-sided pages per minute. It also supports a wide variety of media from 3 x 5″ up to 8.5 x 14″ via the 50-sheet multipurpose tray and the 250-sheet standard input tray.
Connectivity is critical to this printer’s feature set, with USB 2.0, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi with NFC all present. Networking allows for a variety of direct printing methods, including mobile printing via Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint, and Wi-Fi Direct, among others. There is also a front-facing USB port for printing directly to a portable storage device. Additionally, it features a 5″ color touchscreen LCD for intuitive operation.
HP PageWide Pro 577dw Color Multifunction
The HP PageWide Pro 577dw is the top-of-the-line model in a series of small business inkjet printers designed to give laser printers a run for their money. And with fast print speeds, high-quality output and a conveniently flexible USB port, HP’s $961 workhorse printer should easily meet the demands that a small office can throw at it.
In addition to its ability to scan, copy and fax, the 577dw offers a high monthly duty cycle of 6,000 pages. While that’s more than what a home user might need, it’s ideal for an office that prints a lot of documents during the workday. All stand-alone operations with this 31.6 x 27.3 x 18.4-inch beast are handled through the PageWide Pro’s 4.3-inch color touch screen.
There are no dedicated buttons; that can slow down some operations because it requires more menu navigation. For example, there is no numeric keypad, which would have been handy for stand-alone faxing, though faxing software is included. You can customize some of the on-screen icons so your most frequently performed tasks are at the ready.
Laserjet Enterprise M608N Laser
Speedy and durable, the LaserJet Enterprise M608n Monochrome Laser Printer from HP will be a great asset for demanding workplaces that require high-volume printing. It features impressive print speeds of up to 65 ppm with a first print out speed of just 5.3 seconds. It also has a max print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi that will create sharp, detailed text and documents.
This model features multiple options for media handling, including a 100-sheet multipurpose tray able to work with various paper types from 3 x 5″ up to 8.5 x 14″ in size along a standard 550-sheet feeder for general print jobs. The printer even features a monthly duty cycle of 275,000 pages to ensure it can handle large jobs with ease. Built-in USB 2.0 and Ethernet connectivity are available to provide multiple setup options.
Additionally, it features a rotating 2.7″ QVGA LCD and keypad as the control panel and has an easy-access USB port is present for direct printing from a portable storage device. Standard print language of HP PCL 6, HP PCL 5, HP PostScript Level 3 emulation, native PDF v1.7, and Apple AirPrint. Supported media types include plain paper, photo paper, thick paper, recycled paper, and more.
Xerox VersaLink C405/DN Color Laser MultiFunction
Boost the productivity of your office with the print, scan, copy, and fax capabilities of the VersaLink C405/DN All-in-One Color Laser Printer from Xerox. A fast and efficient printer, the C405 can reach speeds of up to 36 ppm with ease and features duplex printing at up to 24 ppm. Your documents will be sharp with a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi and you can print a variety of common sizes from 3 x 5″ up to 8.5 x 14″.
Also, by offering both a 150-sheet bypass and a 550-sheet input tray, users will have plenty of media before running out and can load multiple types at the same time. Scanning, copying, and faxing are made possible through the use of an 8.5 x 11.7″ flatbed and a 50-sheet single-pass duplex ADF. An optical scan resolution is useful for producing sharp imagery in a variety of file formats.
And built-in character recognition can help users quickly search files after they are scanned. Intuitive operation the C405 has a large 5″ touchscreen LCD. Also, an easy-access USB port is available for walk-up printing and scanning. This unit is designed to last with a rated monthly duty cycle of 80,000 pages. Additionally, it features both USB 3.0 and Ethernet connectivity.
Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW Wireless
The MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color All-in-One Laser Printer from Brother enables streamlined printing, copying, scanning, and faxing from a single device. The color laser printer features print speeds up to 32 ppm, in either black or color, with a maximum resolution of 2400 x 600 dpi. In combination with the multi-purpose tray, which supports paper sizes up to 8.5 x 14″, the total paper capacity is 300 sheets.
Additionally, advanced automatic duplex capabilities supports streamlined double-sided printing, as well as double-sided copying, scanning, and faxing. For scanning, both a large, legal-sized flatbed and the 50-sheet capacity auto document feeder can be used to produce color or black & white scans with an optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi, which can be interpolated up to 19200 x 19200 dpi. Scans can be saved in image file formats.
Such as BMP, JPEG, and TIFF, as well as text file types, including searchable PDFs. When copying, either the flatbed or auto document feeder can be used to produce copies with a 600 x 600 dpi resolution at a rate of 32 cpm in color or black & white. The 33.6 kb/s fax modem allows you to send or receive faxes from the unit itself or via a networked computer.
Lexmark CX410de Color All-In One Laser Printer
Unorthodox doesn’t always equate with inferior. Despite an output tray that discharges in the rear, the Lexmark CX410 Multifunction Color Laser Printer is far more than a glorified fax machine. And its trayless multipurpose input feeder, which handles just a single sheet at a time, still seems a clever and pragmatic way to save space and improve ease-of use.
Introduced in October, Lexmark’s latest CX410-series of laser MFPs combine printing, copying, faxing and scanning, all in brilliant, high-resolution color with a maximum-rated output speed of 32 pages (or copies) per minute and around 11 seconds to first page. A single disk carries software and drivers for Mac OS X and Windows. Both present guidance (that can be skipped) for unpacking and first-time printer setup.
Setting up the CX410 was a fairly standard affair, but we did get a little sidetracked when one of the unit’s side panels fell off as we were removing shipping tape and tabs. During the printer’s first-time setup routine, the display 4.3-inch color LCD touch panel presented choices for time zone, language, features and for which shortcuts to put on the home screen. This latter feature was of particular interest.
HP Color B5L25A#BGJ LaserJet Enterprise
Pairing speed with full color printing, the LaserJet Enterprise M553dn Color Laser Printer from HP can dramatically increase your productivity. It has a print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi for detailed documents and can produce up to 40 pages per minute. Another element of speed is a first print out time of 6 seconds in black and 7 seconds in color. Also, this version features automatic duplex functionality for double-sided prints at a rate of 40 ipm.
The M553dn can handle documents as small as 3 x 5″ and as large as 8.5 x 14″ in the variety of paper trays available. This model features a total input capacity of 650 sheets which can be expanded to a total of 2,300 sheets with optional trays. It also is durable with a monthly duty cycle of 80,000 pages and it features a 4-line dimmable color LCD for checking settings and 19 buttons for making adjustments. Additionally, it has USB 2.0 connectivity along with Ethernet for networking capabilities.
HP LaserJet Pro M277dw Wireless All-in-One
Colour laser all-in-ones offer the speed of a laser printer with the ability to reproduce everything from colour highlights to photographs and graphics. This kind of versatility used to cost hundreds of pounds. However, the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw – designed for small-office use. The printer is largely styled in white, with slate-grey panels on the base of the automatic document feeder (ADF) and the output tray.
The ADF has a healthy capacity of up to 50 sheets, which seems a slightly odd mix with the main paper tray, which can hold only 150 sheets. I’m not sure why manufacturers assume that customers like restocking printer trays when making copies of large documents. Controlling the device is achieved via the 76mm touchscreen, which has a light, positive feel and supports gestures for scrolling through the menus.
The all-in-one offers print, scan, copy and fax, plus USB and wireless device support. Smartphones and tablets can be connected with minimum fuss; simply tap the device on the printer’s NFC logo, which can be found on its front panel. Below the control panel is a USB socket, which can be used for uploading files to print – including Word and PowerPoint documents.