The Best All-In-One Laser Printers – January 2019
The unchecked and slightly inevitable rise of digital media platforms has largely eliminated the need to own a printer. PDFs can be sent via smartphone, images transferred by email, and drafts of your next best-selling novel transferred to an eager publisher with the click of a button—making the age-old process of physically printing something out largely irrelevant in an increasingly paperless world.
But there are plenty of scenarios in which an actual printer is required, especially if you work in a creative field that demands viewing your creations—whether it be a piece of writing or an in-depth and colorful illustration—on an actual piece of paper instead of a screen that can distort colors and allows typos to go unnoticed.
And if you do find yourself in need of a printer, laser printing is hands-down the way to go. Using an electrostatic digital process, laser printers produce incredibly high-quality text and graphics quickly and efficiently, regardless of whether you’re printing in color or black and white. These machines rely on a detailed combination of laser beams and electrically-charged powdered ink (toner) in order to create stunningly realistic and detailed images, which is why they’re used in the world’s most popular printing houses, news organizations, and creative studios.
While industrial-level laser printers can cost thousands of dollars and take up entire closets, there are plenty of all-in-one laster printers that are affordable and easy to operate—making them ideal for home offices of all sizes.
Here are some of the best all-in-one laser printers money can buy.
Unless you run a small, personal printing business from your home office, there’s really no reason to spend more than $500 in order to get a truly great all-in-one laser printer. This Brother model is the embodiment of an ideal all-in-one laser printer that can accomplish an impressive number of tasks at a more-than-reasonable price point.
With wireless networking capabilities and a duplex printing option, this intrepid machine is ideal for both home offices and creative studios that need to crank out high-quality images on a regular basis.
Unlike most laser printers with a scanning option that treat black-and-white and color as the same thing (which leads to less defined blacks and less nuanced colors), this unit features separate settings for both types of scan—leading to increased clarity and definition across the board. (A more than respectable optical scan resolution of 600 x 2400 DPI also contributes to better-than-average quality for every scan.)
It features a standard input paper capacity of 250 sheets—more than enough to handle even larger printing jobs without forcing the user to replace the cartridge—and it works seamlessly with both Windows and Mac systems, so you won’t have to worry about reduced functionality if a coworker decides to plug in.
The compact nature of this printer is also ideal for smaller offices in which space may be limited, and there are a series of handy networking and connectivity options that can simplify and streamline your workflow—including wireless networking, automatic duplex printing, and enhanced mobile device connectivity that provides a fast, low-cost output for any home or small office.
And with print speeds of up to 27 pages-per-minute, you’ll be able to quickly print everything from business reports to invoices and spreadsheets with ease.
Claiming the runner-up spot on our list is a printer that’s manufactured by one of the most prominent and respected brands in the industry. As a leading manufacturer of reliable and advanced office machines, HP has more than earned its almost unparalleled reputation in the field.
This all-in-one laser printer doesn’t betray HP’s golden reputation, by offering a surprising amount of power and functionality in a compact and intuitive package. It features fastest-in-class first page out and two-sided printing, along with a slew of scanning, copying, and faxing capabilities.
There’s an auto document feeder that never seems to jam at input volumes of up to 250 sheets (even when pages are deliberately slightly misplaced in the tray), and you can print up to twenty-two pages per minute in both black and white and color—with the first black and white page coming out in roughly 10.3 seconds and the first color page emerging in roughly 11.7 seconds.
You can easily send a variety of print jobs directly from your mobile device by connecting your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet to the same network as the printer, and you’ll even be able to scan images directly on your smartphone before sending.
HP’s toner also boasts an unusually high quality, which makes it ideal for serious visual artists and workers who demand realistic colors that don’t blur or smudge on the page. And since this printer features Amazon Dash Replenishment, it tracks your usage and automatically reorders top-notch Original HP 202 toner cartridges as you need them.
The only reason this printer was bumped to the runner-up spot as opposed to the coveted number-one spot was because of its loftier price tag, which we felt wasn’t necessarily justified by the admittedly more robust quality and functionality.
You don’t need to be a printing expert to know that the name Canon is one of the most respected and well-established brands in the business. Canon printers can be found at the heart of some of the most visually-demanding businesses and creative powerhouses, and this relatively compact and simple printer would do its larger and more complex cousins proud.
With the ability to print at speeds of up to nineteen pages per minute, this gadget gets the job done at a brisk pace, and features a wide range of impressive features that aid in everything from color detail and clarity to connectivity and file sharing.
A single-pass, duplex scanner quickly and reliably scans both sides of your document at once, and you can easily connect your mobile devices without a route or extension cable thanks to a WiFi connectivity option that’s incredibly easy to set up and maintain.
There are several high-capacity toner options that allow you to follow through with plenty of large-scale printing jobs without having to replace the cartridges, and you have the ability to customize the helpful home screen in order to match your specific printing needs and workflow.
This printer is also ideal for small offices, since it can handle simultaneous print jobs from up to ten people—meaning you and your fellow workers will have to endure fewer of those all-too-common error signs that stem from too many orders being sent at once.
It shouldn’t surprise you that there’s another HP printer on our list, since the brand is nearly synonymous with the field of quality printing. This significantly cheaper printer can in many ways be thought of as a little brother to the HP M281FDW unit at our runner-up position, and it’s more than capable of carrying out many of the tasks that most low-level printers users rely on for personal or home office use.
This device is capable to printing, scanning, copying, and faxing—all within a sleek and stylish interface that fits in nicely with virtually any decor.
It can deliver pages at up to twenty-three sheets per minute, and you’ll be able to print and scan items directly from your smartphone or a cloud service such as Google Drive, iCloud, or Dropbox. This printer also features a helpful Ethernet connection that can be used to print, access, and share resources with your family or coworkers, and you can quickly replace your toner cartridges using auto seal removal and easy-open packaging.
This printer is also great for the environmentally-conscious (or perhaps the budget-conscious), since you can help save energy and money with specialized HP auto on/off technology that’s surprisingly intuitive for a printer in this price range.
Of course the one downside to this printer (and the reason why it’s significantly cheaper than the other HP unit at our runner-up spot), is that it can only print in black and white. But this may not be an issue for people who only need to quickly and conveniently print out papers and reports.
We mentioned at the beginning of our list that there’s really no need to spend more than $500 in order to land a quality laser printer, and we stand by that. If, of course, you have a little extra cash to spend and have printing or scanning needs that require a bit more firepower, you really should give this Xerox VersaLink machine a look.
With the ability to spit out a first page in 9.5 seconds and boasting a 42 ppm output, this printer is ideal for small to mid-sized offices that need something in between a run-of-the-mill home printer and a multi-thousand-dollar corporate rig.
You’ll be able to print at up to 1200 dpi on custom or standard paper sizes, and a customizable 4.3-inch touch screen makes it incredibly easy to complete your more frequent printing jobs with a single touch—meaning you won’t have to navigate through a series of cumbersome commands.
You’ll also be able to rest easy knowing that you’re saving money and helping the environment, thanks to automatic two-sided printing and up to 15,000-page capacity toner cartridges.