Colour laser printer reviews

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03.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test

  • Kyocera FS-C5100DN - $1007
  • Dell 1320c - $399
  • Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C1110B - $301
  • HP Colour LaserJet CP1215 - $341  


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    Colour laser printer result table
    Brand/Model Price paid ($) Overall score (%) Print quality score (%) Ease of use score (%) Print speed score (%) Total annual energy cost
    Performance
    Kyocera FS-C5100DN
    www.kyoceramita.com.au
    1007 76 75 79 75 4.49
    Dell 1320c [A]
    www.dell.com.au
    399 75 75 79 71 2.78
    Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C1110B
    www.fujixeroxprinters.com.au
    301 74 71 80 72 1.77
    HP Colour LaserJet CP1215
    www.hp.com.au
    341 74 76 79 63 4.99
    Brother HL4040CN
    www.brother.com.au
    542 72 61 76 92 9
    Canon Lasershot LBP5050N
    www.canon.com.au
    449 72 72 77 64 6.41
    Lexmark Professional C540N
    www.lexmark.com.au
    369 71 68 75 74 7.29
    Oki C3300n
    www.okiprinters.com.au
    420 71 69 72 74 7.63
    Konica Minolta Magicolour 1600W
    www.konicaminolta.com.au
    464 68 65 75 65 6.1
    Samsung CLP-315
    www.samsung.com.au
    269 65 59 76 62 4.83

    Colour laser printer result table
    Brand/Model LCD display Ready Data Alarm Print cartridge status Paper jam alert Load paper Manual feed Watermark Security slot
    Features
    Kyocera FS-C5100DN
    www.kyoceramita.com.au
           
    Dell 1320c [A]
    www.dell.com.au
             
    Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C1110B
    www.fujixeroxprinters.com.au
             
    HP Colour LaserJet CP1215
    www.hp.com.au
           
    Brother HL4040CN
    www.brother.com.au
               
    Canon Lasershot LBP5050N
    www.canon.com.au
         
    Lexmark Professional C540N
    www.lexmark.com.au
         
    Oki C3300n
    www.okiprinters.com.au
    [B] [B]  
    Konica Minolta Magicolour 1600W
    www.konicaminolta.com.au
         
    Samsung CLP-315
    www.samsung.com.au
           

    Colour laser printer result table
    Brand/Model Ethernet USB Weight (kg) Number of paper feed trays Input tray capacity (pages) Dimensions (cm, Hx W x L) Warranty (years)
    Specifications
    Kyocera FS-C5100DN
    www.kyoceramita.com.au
    28.55     45.3 x 34.4 x 96.5 2
    Dell 1320c [A]
    www.dell.com.au
    16.5 1 250 41.2 x 404 x 85.5 1
    Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C1110B
    www.fujixeroxprinters.com.au
      17 1 250 41.8 x 40.3 x 84.0 1
    HP Colour LaserJet CP1215
    www.hp.com.au
    18.15 1 150 25.0 x 39.9 x 98.5 1
    Brother HL4040CN
    www.brother.com.au
    28.75 2   32.0 x 41.5 x 113.0  
    Canon Lasershot LBP5050N
    www.canon.com.au
    19.25 1 150 25.9 x 39.9 x 98.5 1
    Lexmark Professional C540N
    www.lexmark.com.au
    21.1 1 250 33.3 x 44.1 x 92.0 1
    Oki C3300n
    www.okiprinters.com.au
    20.95 2   29.0 x 37.2 x 99.5 1
    Konica Minolta Magicolour 1600W
    www.konicaminolta.com.au
      15.45 1 200 38.5 x 39.7 x 51.0 1
    Samsung CLP-315
    www.samsung.com.au
      11.6 1 150 34.2 x 38.6 x 84.5 1

    Using the table

    Price paid: in July 2009.

    Scores The overall score is made up of Print quality: 50%; Ease of use: 30%; Print speed: 20%.

    Total annual energy cost see How we test, below, and Cost of ownership.

    [A] Now replaced by 1320cn which includes a network card.
    [B] Status events and alarms via bundled status monitor software.
    [C] Optional 2 x 500-sheet trays.

    How we test

    Print quality Output quality is determined by assessing test documents designed to showcase fonts at various sizes, fine lines, tonal gradations, tone percentages, solid areas, patterns, detailed colour graphics, and a full-colour reference image, which provides a range of natural skin tones and background colours.

    Print speed We print a variety of documents, including text, graphics and a combination of both, and record printing times for both black-only and colour documents. Multiple timing runs ensure consistency. We record results for peak ppm, average ppm, Acrobat ppm, and photo page speed.

    Ease of use Our testers take into account hardware setup; installation of required software and additional supplied software; help and instructions, including any quickstart guide, manuals and onboard help system; controls, LCD panel (if any) plus navigation and configuration of settings; predefined profiles and ease of profile creation if available.

    Energy cost Our testers repeatedly print a test document and measure the energy used by the printer over a set period and determine a kilowatt per hour power usage figure, then repeat this with the printer in idle mode and again in standby mode. Our yearly power consumption scenario assumes an eight-hour working day, five days a week, with the per-day calculation based on the printer being off for 16 hours, on standby for seven and a quarter hours, idle for 40 minutes and actively printing for five minutes. Working days are 260 per year and 105 non-working. Yearly consumption is calculated at 17c per kilowatt hour.

    Toner usage Our testers load a new standard-capacity black toner cartridge and print test pages until the print quality begins to lessen. They then remove the cartridge, shake it and replace it as necessary to get a maximum page output figure. Similarly for the colour cartridges, they print batches of colour test pages until no more can be printed. In all cases, the number of output pages is recorded and all cartridges are weighed before and after printing and the amount of toner used is calculated.

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