Colour laser printer reviews

Personal laser printers can colour your world, but watch out for hidden costs.
 
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02.What to buy

Kyocera FS-C5100DN

Kyocera FS-C5100DNPrice $1007

Good points

  • Equal second score for print quality.
  • Second-lowest colour cost per page.
  • Third-lowest annual energy cost.
  • High monthly duty cycle.
  • Easy installation.
  • Very good manuals.
  • LCD display with navigation buttons.
  • Prints duplex (double-sided).
  • Manual feed tray accepts heavy media.
  • Easy toner cartridge replacement.
  • Ethernet networking built-in.
  • Two-year onsite warranty.

Bad points

  • Second slowest full-colour photo print.
  • Most expensive model on test.
  • Second-heaviest printer on test.

Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C1110B

Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C1110BPrice $301

Good points

  • Lowest annual energy cost.
  • Equal second-lowest cost per black page.
  • High monthly duty cycle.
  • LCD status display with navigation buttons.
  • Easy installation.
  • Good manuals.
  • Basic print profiles provided.
  • Custom print profiling available.
  • Manual feed slot accepts heavy media.
  • Easy toner cartridge replacement. BAD POINTS
  • Fonts display rough edges.
  • Some undesirable patterns in fine lines.
  • Only one-year warranty, return-to-base.

HP Colour LaserJet CP1215

HP Colour LaserJet CP1215Price $341 

Good points 

  • Highest score for print quality.
  • Fourth-lowest annual energy cost.
  • Attractive finish, smooth lines.
  • Easy installation.
  • Good manual.
  • Basic print profiles provided.
  • Custom print profiling available.
  • Easy toner cartridge replacement.

Bad points

  • Relatively high colour toner cost per page.
  • No manual page feed.
  • Only one-year warranty, return-to-base. 

A note on the Dell 1320c: Although it scored second overall in our results table we do not recommend the Dell 1320c due to its high running cost when taking toner usage into account (see Cost of Ownership).
 

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