Color Laser Printers for Home

The 10 Best Laser Printers of 2015

As inkjet printers have become more capable, the differences between lasers and inkjets have narrowed in recent years, but lasers are still worth considering. They offer better text quality, the ability to print in greater volume, greater paper capacity, lower running costs, and (generally) higher speeds than inkjets. Relatively high prices and mediocre photo quality have traditionally relegated laser printers to office settings, but the picture is changing. Prices have come down—though they're still, by and large, more expensive than inkjets—and photo output has improved.

A monochrome laser printer can provide the speed, durability, and paper handling to deal with the high printing volume of a busy office. And inexpensive monochrome lasers with modest paper handling can serve as personal desktop printers in any size office. Many current color lasers print photos are fine for many business uses, such as client newsletters. In higher-quality lasers, overall output quality for text, graphics, and photos is typically good enough for brochures and other marketing materials, allowing many companies to take such printing in-house.

While the vast majority of new inkjets (except photo printers) are multifunction printers (MFPs), with lasers, there's an abundance of both single-function printers and MFPs available. MFPs provide copying and scanning in addition to printing, and often fax capabilities as well. Most laser printers or MFPs include Ethernet connectivity, and some integrate Wi-Fi. There's also Wi-Fi Direct or its equivalent, which lets you establish a direct peer-to-peer connection between computer and printer so you don't need to connect to a network, and near-field communications (NFC) touch-to-print, which lets you print from a mobile device by simply tapping it on a specific spot on the printer.

Many lasers include a touch-screen interface, secure (password-protected) printing, a built-in hard drive, and/or the ability to perform a range of functions over a network. Most have an automatic duplexer for printing on both sides of a sheet of paper, and nearly all have both a flatbed for scanning and an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning, copying, or faxing multipage documents unattended. Many higher-end MFPs now offer ADFs for automatically scanning two-sided pages, either reversing ADFs (RADFs), which scan one side of the page, flip the page over, and scan the other side, or ADFs that scan both sides of the page in a single pass, and are thus considerably faster.

LED printers—which use light-emitting diodes instead of lasers as a light source—share many of the characteristics of laser printers, and are considered laser-class devices. They are somewhat smaller than laser printers that share the same capabilities, so they're particularly suitable for smaller offices where space may be at a premium.

Laser printers have much to offer businesses of all sizes, from sole proprietorships to large corporations, and are increasingly worth considering for home use as well. Take a look at the 10 best lasers we've tested, which span a wide range of prices and capabilities. For more buying advice and reviews, check out our top printer picks overall, our favorite wireless printers, and the best printers for Macs.

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Brother Printer Brother Wireless All-In-One Color Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax (MFC9330CDW)
CE (Brother Printer)
  • Print, Copy, Scan & Fax
  • Fast, high-quality printing at up to 23 ppm
  • Automatic two-sided printing
  • 3.7 Color Touchscreen Display with WebConnect
  • Wireless 802.11b/g/n and Ethernet interfaces
Brother Printer Brother Printer HLL8250CDN Color Printer with Networking and Duplex Printing
CE (Brother Printer)
  • Fast color and black printing up to 30 ppm print speeds
  • Automatic duplex printing for two sided printing
  • Wired networking device to be installed on your network via Ethernet or locally via USB
Hewlett Packard Inkjet Printers HP Laserjet Pro M452dw Wireless Color Printer (CF394A#BGJ)
CE (Hewlett Packard Inkjet Printers)
  • Fast printing. Strong protection. Grab pages and go-without waiting around. This printer wakes up and prints faster than the competition.
  • More. Pages, Performance, and Protection. Get the most prints for your money-with Original HP High Yield Color Toner cartridges with Jet Intelligence.
  • Easy management. Efficient printing. Easily manage tasks directly at the device. The 2-line LCD display is simple to read and operate.

FAQ

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What is a good COLOR laser printer for home use? | Yahoo Answers

First, you are not going to find a Color Laser for $100.
So you have a few options... get a good monochrome laser for your everyday printing and then a cheap ink jet for your color when you need it. You should be able to find both of those for closer to your budget.
When you get into color laser printers, you will need to increase your budget to $250+
There are several printer reviews for laser and ink jets on you can also look at the prices of the ink and toner so you can calculate the true cost of your printer.

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