Top Laser Printers

Printer reviews to help you select the best laser printer

What should you look for when you buy printers? The key factors to consider include print resolution, output speed, printer memory and the ability to create dual-sided documents. If you need to create highly detailed color documents, then a quality color laser printer is a product you’ll want to seek out.

In addition to these basic considerations, you should also look at the amount of time it takes a given laser printer to produce the first page in a print job. This is known as the first page out time, and if you have high-volume needs and time is of the essence, you’ll want a laser printer with a short first page out time as well.

Here are our picks for the best laser printers on the market:

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Brother HL-4570CDW

The reason that the Brother HL-4570CDW is at the top of our list is that it packs a comprehensive range of features into a package that’s smaller than laser printers with comparable abilities. This unit offers a lightning-fast output of up to 30 pages per minute, and produces professional quality documents with immaculate resolutions, both in black and white, and in color.

In addition to its high performance, the Brother HL-4570CDW has wireless printing capabilities thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity, and it also features a USB port for hard-wired connections to computing devices. It holds 250 sheets of paper, but if that isn’t enough for you, you can also add an additional 500-sheet paper tray. Finally, this printer is an excellent energy saver. It is Energy Star certified, and has automatic power-saving features that will be a boon to your electricity bill. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac platforms.

The one drawback of this printer is that it only offers 128 MB of memory, which isn’t a whole lot. However, for the price, this printer delivers exceptional performance.

Specifications:

  • Technology: Color
  • Black and white printing speed: Up to 30 pages per minute
  • Color printing speed: Up to 30 pages per minute
  • Duplex printing standard: Yes
  • Maximum monthly duty cycle: 60,000 pages
  • First page out: less than 16 seconds
  • Standard memory: 128 MB
  • Expandable memory: Up to 256 MB
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HP Color LaserJet CP3525n

Offering a resolution of up to 1200 x 600 dots per inch, the HP Color LaserJet CP3525n is one of the top-performing laser printers on the market. While it is not a cheap printer, you do get a lot of bang for your buck with this model.

This printer offers outputs of up to 30 pages per minute, with a comprehensive range of paper options. It also warms up very quickly and has a swift first page out time in addition to offering double the standard memory of the Brother HL-4570CDW. While it does use a little more energy than comparable models, and is also a little bigger and bulkier, this printer still qualifies for Energy Star certification and is very sturdy and durable.

However, it is a very heavy printer, weighing in at a whopping 72.5 pounds. You’ll have to consider placement very carefully, as moving it around won’t really be an option.

Specifications:

  • Technology: Color
  • Black and white printing speed: Up to 30 pages per minute
  • Color printing speed: Up to 30 pages per minute
  • Duplex printing standard: Manual
  • Maximum monthly duty cycle: 75,000 pages
  • First page out: 11 seconds
  • Standard memory: 256 MB
  • Expandable memory: Up to 1024 MB
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Canon imageCLASS LBP6650dn

This model has received excellent printer reviews based on its low price, light weight and nimble design. Canon printers have a reputation as being among the best on the market, and you get loads of advanced features for your investment in this model. Some of the handiest characteristics of this printer are its very fast output speeds and outstanding suitability for the home office.

However, this printer is a bit of a power hog, and it is not as durable as some comparable laser printers. What you’ll save on the price you will make up for in power consumption if you have high-volume printing needs.

Specifications:

  • Technology: Monochrome laser
  • Black and white printing speed: Up to 35 pages per minute
  • Color printing speed: Up to 35 pages per minute
  • Duplex printing standard: Yes
  • Maximum monthly duty cycle: 50,000 pages
  • First page out: 6 seconds
  • Standard memory: 128 MB
  • Expandable memory: Up to 320 MB with memory extension
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Brother HL-4570CDWT

This Brother printer offers some of the densest resolution on the market, putting out up to 2400 x 600 dots per inch in both color, and black and white. If you need ultra-high resolution capabilities, this is the printer for you. It also features high print speeds and dual paper trays for easy office use, and it’s an excellent energy saver.

However, this printer is a little bulky, weighing in at 59.5 pounds. It also lacks some advanced features, and it has little memory with little in the way of upgrade options. On the whole, though, it offers good value for the price.

Specifications:

  • Technology: Color
  • Black and white printing speed: Up to 30 pages per minute
  • Color printing speed: Up to 30 pages per minute
  • Duplex printing standard: Yes
  • Maximum monthly duty cycle: 60,000 pages
  • First page out: 16 seconds
  • Standard memory: 128 MB
  • Expandable memory: Up to 256 MB
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Lexmark C544dw

While this is one of the pricier models we’ve reviewed, it offers comprehensive connectivity for the wireless office and provides a complete set of features. It provides crisp, sharp outputs and a decent print speed.

However, it lacks memory, coming with only 128 MB installed, albeit with decent upgrade options. While it is heavy, it is also sturdy and durable, making it a good choice for long-term use.

Specifications:

  • Technology: Color
  • Black and white printing speed: Up to 25 pages per minute
  • Color printing speed: Up to 25 pages per minute
  • Duplex printing standard: Yes
  • Maximum monthly duty cycle: 55,000 pages
  • First page out: 11 seconds black and white, 12 seconds color
  • Standard memory: 128 MB
  • Expandable memory: Up to 640 MB