You might assume that laser printers are for professional office settings only, placing them outside the budget of the average user. You’d be mistaken: While there are many excellent professional-grade models out there, today’s laser printers run the gamut from compact desktop-sized monochrome units to shockingly affordable color laser printers. All that’s to say that whatever your printing habits and needs may be, there’s a laser printer out there for you, and we’ve got it right here in this roundup of the best cheap laser printer deals for April. We’ve also put together a short shopping guide if you still need some help figuring out which one to buy.
Today’s Best Laser Printer Deals
- Canon ImageCLASS MF113w Wireless Laser All-In-One Monochrome Printer — $120, was $180
- HP LaserJet M234dwe Wireless Monochrome All-in-One Printer w/6 months free toner — $179
- HP Neverstop 1001nw Laser Printer — $250, was $280
- Lexmark MC3224dwe Multifunction Color Duplex Laser Printer — $294, was $380
- Xerox VersaLink C400 Wireless Color Laser Printer — $400, was $450
- Xerox WorkCentre 3345 Wireless Monochrome All-In-One Laser Printer — $400, was $450
- Xerox VersaLink B600 Black & White Laser Printer — $850, was $880
How To Choose A Laser Printer
Printers might seem like fairly simple devices, but there are some important things to consider before you rush to jump on the first attractive deal you see. First, you need to decide if the extra cost of a laser printer is worth it for your needs. Although there are now cheap laser printers to be had for less than a Benjamin, these still tend to be pricier than inkjet printers. Laser printers are designed for fast, high-volume printing, and if your printing needs are relatively basic, you might be better served by a good inkjet.
That said, laser printers have many advantages. Beyond their efficient high-volume output, laser printers are also generally superior for text documents, and they are cheaper to run overtime — that is, you get a higher print yield per laser toner cartridge than you do from inkjet cartridges — meaning that your laser printer may pay for itself more quickly over time relative to a comparable inkjet if you do a serious amount of printing regularly. Most modern laser printers also feature wireless connectivity for remote printing from a computer or mobile device (via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, sometimes both); if this is something you need, though, then be sure to double-check that the printer you’re eyeballing has this capability. Many laser printers can also do duplex (two-sided) printing, which is another thing to look for if you need to run off two-sided documents.
Once you’ve settled on how much you’re willing to spend, the next big choice you’ll face is whether you need a monochrome (black and white) or color laser printer. Color laser printers are relatively common and quite affordable nowadays but are still generally more expensive than monochrome-only models. Finally, you’ll want to determine what sort of capacity and output capabilities you need. Paper capacity and printing volume, while higher than inkjets, do vary among laser printers. Smaller offices and home businesses may do well with a more compact laser printer, but such units will naturally hold less paper and may have a smaller yield per toner cartridge, and this may become a hassle if you end up with one that’s too small for your needs. Larger laser printers, on the other hand, will offer an increased output but will be pricier and take up more space.
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