Laser printer reviews

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

03.Product profiles

In rank order

HP LaserJet 1022

Price: $299
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 370 x 240 x 420
Connections to PC: USB

Good points

  • Equal best print quality score
  • Excellent standby to wake score
  • Best non-printable margins score
  • Equal best standby energy score
  • Equal lightest printer
  • Supplied with USB cable

Bad points

  • USB connection only
  • Equal most expensive (based on price paid)
  • No Vista compatibility to date

Brother HL-2040

Price: $129
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 370 x 160 x 700
Connections to PC: parallel, USB

Good points


  • Equal best ink consumption
    Least expensive (based on price paid)
    Least expensive toner cartridge (based on price paid)
    USB and parallel connections

Bad points

  • Borderline print quality in spreadsheet
    Tricky to replace toner

Lexmark E250d

Price: $306
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 390 x 300x 540
Connections to PC: parallel, USB

Good points

  • Automated duplexing
  • Kensington lock slot
  • Best printing speed
  • Highest measured input capacity paper tray
  • Most amount of paper printed from toner USB and parallel connections
  • Excellent standby to wake score

Bad points

  • Equal most expensive (based on price paid after delivery costs removed)

HP LaserJet 1020

Price: $199
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 370 x 210 x 420
Connections to PC: USB

Good points

  • Equal best print quality score
  • Equal best standby energy score
  • Equal lightest printer
  • Excellent standby to wake score
  • Supplied with USB cable

Bad points

  • USB connection only
  • No Vista compatibility to date
  • Equal slowest printing speed
  • Not Mac or Linux compatible

Samsung ML-2571N

Price: $296
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 350 x 280 x 470
Connections to PC: Ethernet, parallel, USB

Good points

  • Equal best print quality score
  • Best ease of use score
  • USB, parallel and network connections

Bad points

  • No toner recycling options stated

Brother HL-2070N

Price: $264
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 370 x 160 x 700
Connections to PC: Ethernet, parallel, USB

Good points

  • Equal best ink consumption
  • USB, parallel and network connections
  • Least expensive toner cartridge (based on price paid)

Bad points

  • Borderline print quality in Excel sheet
  • Tricky to put toner into printer

Canon Laser Shot LBP-3000

Price: $169
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 370 x 250 x 430
Connections to PC: USB

Good points

  • Equal best standby energy score
  • Excellent score in print quality of spreadsheet
  • Excellent standby to wake score

Bad points

  • No duplex printing
  • No watermarking feature
  • USB connection only
  • Equal slowest printing speed
  • Error occurred when installing the software
  • One paper jam during ink consumption test

Canon Laser Shot LBP-3200

Price: $209
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 370 x 340 x 410
Connections to PC: USB

Good points

  • Excellent standby to wake score

Bad points

  • No duplex printing
  • No watermarking feature
  • USB connection only
  • Feels flimsy and lightweight

Konica Minolta PagePro 1350W

Price: $213
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 390 x 340 x 410
Connections to PC: parallel, USB

Good points

  • Parallel and USB connections

Bad points

  • No manual feed
  • Not Linux or Mac compatible
  • Tricky to replace toner

Lexmark E120n

Price: $182
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 390 x 240 x 420
Connections to PC: Ethernet, USB

Good points

  • USB and network connections
  • Kensington lock slot

Bad points

  • Borderline print quality for desktop publishing

Epson EPL-6200L

Price: $286
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 370 x 370 x 400
Connections to PC: parallel, USB

Good points

  • Parallel and USB connections

Bad points

  • No duplex printing
  • No manual feed
  • Borderline print quality for desktop publishing
  • Four paper jams during ink consumption test
  • Most expensive to print per page
  • Tricky to replace toner

Samsung ML-2010

Price: $152
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm): 350 x 270 x 470
Connections to PC: USB

Good points

  • Equal best ink consumption
  • Equal lightest printer
  • Two year warranty

Bad points

  • No toner recycling options stated
  • USB connection only
  • Out tray for paper does not stack paper properly
  • Pulls in double sheets occasionally
 

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