Laser printer reviews

We tested 12 budget laser printers to see which ones come up best.
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  • Updated:30 Aug 2007

05.Print costs compared

Printer cost tables

  Print cost
Brand/model (in alphabetical order) New toner cartridge ($) Claimed number of pages/cartridge Measured number of printouts Toner cost per page (c)
Brother HL-2040 62.64 2500 3506 1.8
Brother HL-2070N 62.64 2500 3638 1.7
Canon Laser Shot LBP-3000 78.3 2500 2373 3.3
Canon Laser Shot LBP-3200 90.3 2500 3235 2.8
Epson EPL-6200L 184.8 3000 3306 5.6
HP LaserJet 1020 92.09 2000 2622 3.5
HP LaserJet 1022 (Q5912A) 92.09 2000 2514 3.7
Konica Minolta PagePro 1350W 99 3000 3600 2.8
Lexmark E120n 109 2000 2545 4.3
Lexmark E250d 149 3500 5410 2.8
Samsung ML-2010 98.21 3000 4065 2.4
Samsung ML-2571N 98.21 3000 3876 2.5

Table notes

The price per page was calculated by dividing price of the cartridge by the number of standard pages the cartridge printed.

We ignored early warnings that the toner cartridge may be running low.

At this point, we removed the toner cartridge, shook it, replaced it and continued printing until it ran out or the pages became streaky.

Our costings are based on the price paid for a new toner cartridge in April 2007.

Green scene

All of the printers, except Samsung, include recycling documentation with the toner cartridges or on the manufacturers’ websites. In addition, Brother, HP, Lexmark, Konica Minolta and Canon are affiliated with the Planet Ark cartridge recycling program.

For more on recycling, go to

The Canon Laser Shot LBP-3000 and both the HP printers had the best standby energy scores and cost less than $4 a year on standby. The Epson is the most expensive to keep on standby and costs just over $9 a year.

However, none of the printers achieved a one watt standby power rating, which is a target set by the International Energy Agency. Australia has agreed to support the One-Watt program in order to reduce standby power usage in the future. A printer is on standby when it’s turned on, but not actively printing.


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