Until now, the shopping decision between a laserjet and inkjet printer was fairly clear: if you want high business productivity and text quality, buy a laserjet; else buy an inkjet for good photos and graphics.
For home buyers, the choice was even easier: go for the laserjet. However, the recent popularity and growing number of color laser multifunction printers is changing all the rules.
Color laser printers are starting to print very high quality photos for amateurs and professionals alike, and produce higher print speeds and quality than their inkjet brothers. The home user demands a lot from a printer: book reports, newsletters, occasional snapshots, tickets to the game, and more. Invest a little more into a good-quality laser printer, and earn more from it than what you’d get from a cheap inkjet.
Though missing WiFi connection and an auto document feeder, this is a competent printer with quick output, simple controls, an easy user interface, and a wallet-friendly price. This monochromatic laser model is great for the home with a smaller, lightweight design and all-in-one features (print, scan, and copy). If you’re looking for a straightforward, dependable laser printer for personal use, this is the one for you.
Although not a common brand, this Oki printer has an impressive output speed and print quality. A true black-and-white workhorse of a laser printer; has an auto-duplexer for double-sided prints, a large input tray, and an open Ethernet port for multiple users to print at the same time. The affordable price tag will keep your wallet fat, but the quality you get will be more than expected. The drab black design may not be the most appealing, but it makes up for it in utility, easy setup, and simple use.
This relatively cheap printer prints high-quality text and graphics-heavy documents in black-and-white, but doesn’t have a lot of extra features such as auto-duplexing. It does have wireless networking and a few design flairs that will set it apart from other laser printers. One of the greatest features is the low price, and the quality you’ll get for that price.
With speedy text printing, the Brother HL-2270DW lives up to Brother’s reputation for reliable, simple, and wireless monochrome home laser printers. With improvements to its output speed, this printer provides the home with an efficient output for high-volume black-and-white prints, even if the printed graphics leave something to be desired. Standard toner cartridges cost around $49 but will yield ~1,500 pages for an acceptable 3.3 cents per page.
At 17”x16”, this space-saving color laserjet serves up professional-quality documents, three-way network connectivity, and cloud printing capabilities. Truly a solid home color laser printer, the HP LaserJet Pro 100 lacks in printing speed and auto-duplexing, but is great for those who can wait. With easy set-up, printing, and an intuitive experience, this printer provides high-quality color and monochrome documents, photos, and more.
Great for either the home or small business, this Dell printer has an economical LED engine, high-quality color prints, and a convenient wireless connectivity. The simple controls are easy to manage and use, and is suitable for both Mac and Windows operating systems. Though there can be a little bit of a wait for the prints, the Dell 1355 is a capable and reliable color laser printer, high-resolution scanner, and copier.
Before buying any printer, be sure to write down what you want from it and match that to an affordable and good-quality device. Your money can be stretch further with a reliable, but slightly more expensive laser printer than a cheaper inkjet printer with high consumables costs.
Guest Author Bio: Carla Eaton has a B.A. in Mass Media with a Minor in Art and Design. She enjoys writing on the topics of business, technology, and design, and currently blogs for inkfarm.com, who specializes in Canon ink cartridges.