Upgrade Your Office With The Best Laser Printer

Printers can be frustrating. In your day-to-day, you likely do not think much about your printer, thoughtlessly sending print jobs through and making copies – until you can’t. We have all had that moment where all we needed was to print something out to move on with an assignment or project, only to be met with an empty toner cartridge or a paper jam. 

However, printers do not need to be frustrating. As essential printers are in the office or at home, many times people do not put in the effort to find which printer will suit them best. We made this buying guide to help you find what you need from your printer, hopefully reducing headaches – and printer costs – in the future.  

Read on for our full review of the best laser printers in Canada.

Our top picks

What to look for in a laser printer

There are a couple of primary choices that will point you in the right direction when looking for a laser printer that you should think about, those being monochromatic or colour, and whether you need the suite of functions of an AIO (all-in-one) machine, including scanning and copying, or do you just need a printer. Once you are past that stage, you should consider the following to narrow down your choices until you find that perfect model.  

Connectivity – How do you plan to connect to your printer? Wirelessly? Do you want to be able to easily print from your phone or tablet as well? What about connecting the old school ways, by USB or Ethernet? One of the biggest considerations for your next printer is the range of connections you can have with it and the strength of those connections.  

Costs – Costs are always a consideration that you should look into before buying anything, but there is more to costs than the listed price when it comes to laser printers. Toner, the ink that is used for laser printers, can be a costly purchase when your toner supply runs out, and most laser printers come with toner cartridges with a lot less toner than when purchased separately. Some printers will be cheaper in the short term, but when the toner runs low, you could see yourself easily exceeding the cost of the printer in just toner. Most toners list an approximate number of pages that the cartridge can print, so figuring out the cost per page is a simple division equation, so you can approximately figure out which printer may cost more down the line.  

Ease of Setup / Use – Some printers on the market have extensive features that may appear to make your day-to-day work easier, but in execution are hard to get the handle of, or are difficult to set up. The most common complaint we saw, with connectivity issues, was difficulty to set up. However, we found that these issues do not affect users equally, with users with less of a technological background struggling more than experienced users, expectedly.  

Print Quality – Yes, it seems that looking into how well a printer prints seems obvious. However, if you need to print small text cleanly, or print graphs in colour, understanding the quality of how the printer prints is important. Many printers list the number of pages the printer can print in one minute. Other specs include the resolution in DPI (dots per inch) and the amount of time it takes the printer to actually start printing.  

Our methodology

In this preparation of this buying guide, there were many aspects to a laser printer we considered. Printers are usually divided by whether they print in monochrome or colour, and again if they are just standalone printers, or are all-in-one units that include scanners, copiers, or other features as well. Then we considered other factors like the cost to purchase, toner costs, the print quality, how fast it prints, and its connectivity features to pick our favourite printers that are currently available in Canada. We find that aspects like how easy they are to set up come down to user experience, so while we considered this as a factor, ultimately it depends on the user’s technological background. 

In preparation of this list, we put over 24 hours of research into finding what the most popular printers are online, by reviewing the specifications of 20+ printers, reading online reviews from verified buyers, and backing up our findings with other buying guides from trusted sources like the New York Times. We only considered printers that had an average online score of 4 stars or higher, to ensure overall customer satisfaction.  

Best monochrome printer

HP Neverstop Laser 1001nw Printer

The HP Neverstop Laser 1001nw Printer is also our choice for the best small office laser printer 

If the eventual cost to replace your toner cartridges is one of your biggest reservations about getting a laser printer, we invite you to look at the HP Neverstop 1001nw laser printer. This printer is budget friendly in both the short and long term, with over 5000 pages of black toner and inexpensive refill cartridges that will last you longer.  

The HP Neverstop 1001nw is a solid black and white laser printer, with a standard print speed of 21 prints per minute, with a first print time of a speedy 8.5 seconds – unless in sleep mode, where you are looking at times closer to 15 seconds. With a resolution of a standard 600 x 600 dpi, this printer has a solid print quality. This printer features a capacity tray of 150 sheets. However, this printer does lack automatic duplexing, which we have found is one of the most sought after features a laser printer can have.  

The HP Neverstop 1001nw features a standard suite of connectivity options, with the capability to connect to Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet. Users can print using their smart devices using the HP Smart app, which also enables users to print remotely from their printer, or use their smartphone camera like a scanner and print the scan though the HP Smart App. One thing that is important to note that it can only connect to 2.4 GHz networks, seemingly not being compatible with 5 GHz networks. While many routers do have both networks, if you are unsure, you should double check if your home or workspace will have a compatible network.  

Set up of this printer is very easy, with helpful directions included in the box, as users reported setting up out the box, connecting to the network, and printing all within minutes. Maintaining the HP Neverstop is not an issue either. Unlike other laser printers where you need to replace the cartridge entirely when your toner runs low, the HP Neverstop features a reloadable toner tank that lasts long – and the replacement toner is inexpensive to boot. With this system, HP claims you can print up to 10x more pages than comparable laser printers with each reload. The refillable toner is also quick, easy, and mess free, with reloads taking as quick as 15 seconds. However, down the line you will likely need to replace the imaging drum if this printer is in frequent use.  

Additionally, for the energy or environmentally conscious, this printer has a sleep mode that only takes a draw of 0.93 watts. While this does delay how ready your printer is ready to start print jobs, we appreciate a company taking the incentive to improve the sustainability of their products.  

Overall, users seem to appreciate the HP Neverstop 1001nw printer, beyond the toner savings (although that is very appreciated!) Its smaller footprint means it is very versatile in dorm bedrooms to home offices, its ease of use means most people can set up without difficulty, and its ability to be controlled by the HP Smart app add a lot of versatility and functionality to this simple printer. However, there are a few criticisms from users that are worth noting, that are not total deal breakers. First, the paper tray does not always cleanly guide paper in the machine, which if not careful has resulted in paper jams and wonky prints. Users find this printer on the slower side and wish there was auto-duplexing. While we appreciate a well-designed product, it is frustrating when the company does not stand behind their products with solid customer service. Overall, we think the HP Neverstop 1001nw stands out for its unique and long-lasting toner system, with refills that will save you money in the long run.  

Pros
  • Refillable toner tank, that is significantly cheaper than the toner sold for other printers in the long run.  
  • Wireless controls through the HP Smart app allow for remote use and added functionality.  
  • Small footprint makes it perfect for college dorms, home offices and tucking away into shelves. 
Cons
  • No-automatic duplexing.  
  • Print tray is poorly designed and can result in smudges, jams, and misaligned prints if you are not careful. 

Best laser printer for small business

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw Printer

If you are looking for a powerful monochrome printer for use in your office, the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw is a workhorse of an all-in-one machine. Designed to work for up to 5 people, this printer is a great choice for a small business.  

The printer aspect of this machine is powerful, with fast results up to 30 pages per minute and a first page after only 8 seconds. With an impressive resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi, this is a printer the producers sharp, quality prints in black and white. The black and white copier included allows up to 99 copies, with a solid resolution of 600 x 600 dpi, speeds up to 18 copies per minute, and a range of other settings including reduce, enlarge, and scaling settings as well. Both the printer and the copier have automatic duplexing features. The colour scanner has a maximum scan size that of letter sheets, and a scan resolution of 600 x 600 dpi (in colour) or 1200 x 1200 dpi (in black & white). Again, there is also a fax machine if you can find a way to use this in the 2020s. With an automatic document feeder and a capacity tray of 150 sheets, all in all, this printer has a wide range of functions that will be beneficial for many uses.  

The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw printer features a wide range of connectivity options, to enable you to print whichever way works best for your use. This machine is network-ready, with additional options like Wi-Fi direct so you can send print jobs wirelessly without a network, AirPrint compatibility so you can print wirelessly through your Apple device, and NFC touch-to-print with a compatible device. You can also still connect via USB or Ethernet cable too.  

While there are no directions inside the box, the set-up of this all-in-one machine is still relatively easy, and directions are available online if you need. Users generally were able to set up the printer, have it connected to the network, and print pages all within minutes after it was taken out of the box. With a 2.7-inch LCD touch screen, controlling the printer via its own controls is easy and intuitive. Out of the box, the M227fdw comes with a Black toner cartridge good for 1600 pages, however, toner cartridges after the fact can cost upwards of $90, maxing out at a maximum cost per page of 5.7 cents per page. While it is not the cheapest option for toner, it should be decently long-lasting and have a solid cost per page.  

Users overall seem to appreciate this printer for its easiness to set up and use, and its powerful, all-in-one performance. Since it works best with between 1 and 5 users, it might not be able to be a workhorse for a larger office, the M227fdw is great for smaller officers or working from home. However, there are a few downsides to this machine you should consider before buying. Some users have reported issues with the automatic document feeder feeding the scanner, resulting in misaligned prints. In sleep mode, the printer will not automatically wake up to print if sent a print remotely. All in all, this is an effective all-in-one machine that can improve productivity and workflow in the office.  

Pros
  • Solidly fast printing and copying with duplexing features.  
  • Extensive connectivity features let you connect the way you want to.  
  • While on the pricier side, you get a decent cost per page from this printer’s long-lasting toner.  
Cons
  • Scanner is not perfect and can produce misaligned scans.  
  • Sleep mode for some can be frustrating, as it will not wake up for remote prints.  

Best laser printer with scanner

Brother MFCL2750DW

For offices and small businesses, you will likely need a powerhouse of a printer to handle all your printing, scanning, and copying tasks.  We feel like the Brother MFC-L2750DW is that powerhouse.  

The Brother MFCL2750DW is a powerful all-in-one printer, with solid scanning and copying capabilities. The printer is fast and clean, with high-quality prints with a resolution of a crisp 2400 x 600 dpi, at up to 36 pages per minute, with less than 9 seconds for the first page. With a 250-sheet paper capacity tray that can hold letters and legal paper, and a 50-sheet automatic document feeder set up for single-pass duplex copying and scanning, The Brother MFCL2750DW is designed to improve efficiency at the office.  

The Brother MFCL2750DW is also a strong black and white copier, with a list of handy copy features including sort/stack, ID copy, reduction/enlargement and stand-alone copying, sans computer. The scanner included does both black and white and colour scans, with features to scan to email, file, image and more. The MFCL2750 even features a fax machine with a fax memory of 500 pages, for those who still implement the technology. Each of these functions of this Brother printer include automatic duplexing, helping you keep paper costs low and productivity up.  

The Brother MFCL2750DW features a wide range of options for connectivity. This all-in-one printer is network-ready, with additional connectivity options. This printer is highly compatible with a wide range of cloud services, able to print from or scan to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, OneNote, and others, all from the touchscreen. This printer features Ethernet and USB connection options, although it is important to note like many Brother printers, the appropriate USB cable for wired hookup is not included with this printer (or the majority of their printers, for that matter). While the wireless connection of this printer is typically strong and problem-free, as users enjoy being able to print from their laptops or even phone with ease, the lack of an appropriate USB cord is cheap, in our opinion.  

Users have found the set-up process with this printer easy, due to the touch screen included on this printer which makes navigating menus easier than on other Brother printers. Out of the box, Brother supplies a black toner cartridge limited to 700 pages, which means re-upping your toner will come sooner than later. Cartridges start at $60 dollars, which while is significantly cheaper than what other toners start at, you do get less toner and the cost per page is comparable, maxing out at 5.3 cents per page.  

Users are typically very happy with this model of Brother printer, for its wide range of features and its reasonable costs to operate. While costs for this printer seem to fluctuate due to availability, if able to acquire for a price near its MSRP, this printer is solidly priced in both short and long term.  

There are a few flaws that might detract from this printer for you, but none that we feel that are deal-breakers. While it’s a strong printer, some users have expressed frustration with the scanning functions, with some criticizing the scan quality (one user remarked it was “too light”) while other users noticed that the scans can be crooked, but the latter issue can be corrected with the “Deskew” feature. Another flaw users have pointed out is that it’s on the noisier side of things, as printers go. Ultimately, the Brother MFCL2750DW is a solid all-in-one printer that can power your small office workplace or your home office, and will not bankrupt you with repeated toner or paper purchases.  

Pros
  • All of the included features are solidly fast and include automatic duplexing. 
  • Crisp, clean prints with high resolution.  
  • While you do not get long-lasting toner out of the box, when you do buy toner you do get a solid cost per page result.  
Cons
  • Scanner is not ideal, with misaligned scans or scans that show up too light on the page.  
  • Can be on the noisier side of things.  
  • No USB cable included – which for some will be the preferred method of connecting.  

Best colour laser printer

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw

While they do not have the capability to print gorgeous images to the extent that InkJet printers can, Laser colour printers are a handy component for adding a little colour to your work documents, bringing graphs or images to life. Of laser printers with colour, one of the greatest models we found in our research is the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw Printer. 

The HP Color LaserJet Pro is a powerful printer with a bevy of added functionalities to bolster your home office or workplace. The HP Printer produces fast and crisp prints in black and white and in colour, printing up to 28 pages per minute with a print quality of 600 x 600 dpi. The first page is out as quickly as 9.5 seconds. Auto-duplexing printing lets you save on paper costs too. The other functions include what you expect from an all-in-one. The copier features a decent resolution of 600×600 dpi, anywhere between 24-28 copies per minute (depending on a few variables) and a wide range of settings. The scanner features variable scan sizes, automatic duplexing, an enhanced scanning resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, and supports many formats, including PDF, JPG, PNG and TxT files in both Windows and Mac ecosystems. This printer even has a fax if you have the use for it. This HP Printer holds up to 300 pages, with a 50-page automatic document feeder and a 25- page capacity tray, with an optional 550 pages tray that you can choose to add.   

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw shines with many connectivity options. It is network-ready, but also features a wide range of other connectivity options, like Wi-Fi direct, which connects your devices by its own Wi-Fi network – no external Wi-Fi network required! Other connectivity options include printing through the HP Smart App, Hi-Speed USB cable, or Ethernet cable. You can even print PDFs and Microsoft Office files via USB thumb drive.  

More and more printers being produced with security measures, as an unsecured printer can provide a weak spot within an otherwise secure network that can be exploited. With instant threat notifications from the HP JetAdvantage Security Manager that will pop up on the control panel when it detects a possible threat – whether malicious or a bug in the firmware.  

Users find this HP Color LaserJet easy to set up, in part thanks to its large, 4.3” touchscreen and HP’s simple setup procedures. Out the box, the HP Color LaserJet MFP M479fdw features 4 Introductory cartridges – the black primed to provide around 2400 pages, and the Cyan, Magenta and Yellow cartridges will supply around 1200 pages, each. While we appreciate that each toner for this printer is long-lasting, they are on the pricy side, as on average the cost per page is around 6 cents per page and replacing each toner altogether will cost you upwards of $500. Even if you might get a solid cost per page, this is a lot of money to spend on toner for most people. Since HP has implemented “anti-fraud” technology that limits you to only using HP toner, using this printer is expensive overall.  

Users overall are very happy with the high quality of this printer, with robust all-in-one functionality, fast performance, and relative ease of use. However, users of HP printers now have to deal with HP’s dynamic security measures that will block toner cartridges that do not feature an HP chip inside them, forcing users to shop for HP’s expensive toner. Combined with a high price, this printer is not the cheapest option available, which might make shoppers look elsewhere. However, this is the best colour AIO on the market in our opinion, and sometimes you pay a premium price for a premium product. Whether you feel like the price here is warranted is up to you.  

Pros
  • Fast and comprehensive printing, copying, and scanning.  
  • Wide range of connectivity options and synergy with different tech company’s ecosystems.  
  • Security focused, so confidential information can be kept private and safe. 
Cons
  • Expensive cost to maintain, both upfront and long-term, and being locked into HP’s toner does not help.  

Best all-in-one printer

Brother MFCL3710CW

While we like the last colour printer a lot, for something that has comparable features at a more cost-effective price, we go back to Brother, with their Brother MFCL3710CW printer.  This versatile machine has a useful list of features with printing, scanning, and copying – all in black and white or in colour.  

The Brother MFC-L3710CW is a powerful yet cost-effective AIO unit. While it is not the fastest printer, the Brother MFC-L3710CW has decent print speeds as fast as 19 prints per minute, but is a little sluggish to start, taking 15 seconds before the first page. These numbers make a little more sense with its impressive print resolution of 600 x 2400 dpi, producing clean, crisp prints – but still seems to struggle with small fonts.  

 With colour copying, a built-in sorting function, and stand-alone copying so you do not need to lug your laptop with you to the print room, this all-in-one unit is an effective copier. The scanner implemented in the Brother MFCL3710CW features a document glass size suited for letter paper, with an optical scan resolution of 1200 x 600 dpi, and the capability to scan to email, file, FTP, Image, or network.  

With a 250-page capacity paper tray that adjusts for letter or legal paper and a 50-page automatic document feeder, this unit has productivity in mind – to a degree. Unfortunately, none of this printer’s options have duplex functionality, meaning you will manually have to flip each page for double-sided prints, copies, and scans.  

While it does not have the same range of connectivity features as some of the other heavy hitters on this list, the Brother MFCL3710CW features built-in wireless and Wi-Fi Direct, intuitive connection to different Cloud applications including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote and more, and USB interface. Users can print from their smartphone and tablet with ease.  

Users have reported that setup is easy, in part to the 3.7” touch screen which you access the settings by. Out of the box, this colour printer comes with 4 starter toner cartridges that provide a decently long-lasting 1,000 pages each. While the cartridges are around $100 dollars each for colour and slightly cheaper for black, you can see some decent savings buying Brother’s 4-pack of toner, which gets an average cost per page (assuming equal use of all colours) at around 6.6 cents per page. Colour laser printing is more expensive across the board, but you will likely save the less colour you use.  

Users of the Brother MFCL3710CW enjoy this printer for a multitude of reasons: its quiet performance, its ease of use, and its agreeable costs, both upfront and down the line. While toner is expensive, users have found the Brother toner is long-lasting and ultimately comparable to colour toner for other printers. However, there are some downsides to this model that might be worth considering. We mentioned the exclusion of duplex printing – which is an intentional decision for this model, and Brother does offer plenty of models that do feature automatic duplex printing – but in 2022, this exclusion does not make sense. This printer is one of the slower models on this list. This printer is quite large as well, so it will not be ideal for home offices.  

Pros
  • Full-colour printer, copier, and scanner, with included fax functionality.  
  • Comes loaded with a long-lasting amount of toner.  
  • A large touch screen gives intuitive control to this printer.  
Cons
  • No duplexing functionality, so double-sided pages will need to be flipped by hand. 
  • Can be quite expensive to replace all the toner – even with Brother’s toner bundle.  

Best colour laser printer for home use

Lexmark C3326dw Color Laser Printer

If you are looking for a colour laser printer without extra features like a scanner or copier, the Lexmark C3326dw might be what you are looking for.  

The Lexmark C3326dw is a fast colour printer, with print speeds up to 26 pages per minute, and just over 10 seconds before the first page. With a print resolution of 600×600 dpi, this printer is standard in terms of clarity, with nice prints in both black and white or colour. The Lexmark handles a wide range of paper types, even including glossy paper, which some laser printers do not effectively print on. With a tray capacity of 250 and a single-sheet paper feeder, this printer features comparable paper storage to printers that are significantly larger than it, while being perfect for fitting on both desks and shelves alike.  

In terms of connectivity, the Lexmark features a solid range of options. Easy and fast wireless connections, on top of both USB and Ethernet connectivity to connect straight to your computer covers most of the bases. Lexmark’s Wi-Fi setup wizard makes connecting to a network a breeze, and the Lexmark Mobile Print app enables printing from all your devices. One feature that Lexmark has paid special attention to is the security of this printer, with full-spectrum security that keeps your information safe on the document, device, or the network.  

Set up of this printer seems difficult on the account that Lexmark includes Ikea-esque diagrams instead of typical instructions. You can download the relevant drivers via CD, download the drivers on the Lexmark website if your computer does not have a CD drive, or download the Lexmark app which you can use to set up and input your network and password.  

Out of the box, this Lexmark printer features a 750-page black starter toner cartridge and 500-page Cyan, Magenta and Yellow toners. However, the Lexmark printer has expensive replacement cartridges, with a full replacement of all the toners costing more than the initial cost of the printer – toner has always been an expensive component of the laser printer. To replace each printer cartridge with the cheapest Lexmark toner available, you will be looking to spend $440+, and have costs of approximately 7.3 cents per page, on average (considering even use of all ink).  

Users enjoy printing in colour with this Lexmark printer, which while not as vibrant as many inkjet printers, does not feature the same downsides to their Inkjet counterparts. If you need to print colour documents like graphs and charts in your business, this printer seems like a great solution. But if you need a colour printer for other uses – like to print photos and brochures – you should consider an Inkjet printer as they are better suited for this use. Overall, users enjoy this printer’s fast printing, automatic duplexing, and compact size for office use. However, with less overall functionality than some all-in-one colour printers, and lesser performance than inkjet printers at producing gorgeous images, you should be confident this printer will be right for you. 

Pros
  • Fast print speeds for a colour laser printer. 
  • Solid wireless connectivity, even through a phone or tablet (via the app).  
  • Energy-saving mode and recyclable toner cartridges make this a sustainable option. 
Cons
  • Expensive for what it is, with high toner costs when it comes time to refill it.  

Best affordable laser printer

HP PROM 15W LaserJet M15w Printer

A printer for a student has very different requirements than printers for the office. Our recommendation for the best printer for student use is the HP PROM 15W LaserJet. This is an easy-to-use budget printer, with a small footprint that can fit in small spaces like a dorm room.  

The HP Prom 15W is a surprisingly effective laser printer for its size – 35% smaller than HP’s predecessor model, with a footprint of only 13.6” by 7.5” – making it perfect for limited desk space or placement on a shelf. The HP PROM has a print rate of 19 ppm, and only needs 8.1 seconds before the first page is printed – numbers that look underwhelming comparatively, but this printer is significantly cheaper than those printers. 600 x 600 dpi is significantly less than many of the other printers otherwise, but still results in clean prints, with users finding the results satisfactory.  

With a high-speed USB 2.0 port, Wi-Fi direct and compatibility with several print clients, The HP PROM 15W LaserJet M15w has a wide range of wireless connectivity options that make it an excellent fit for modern students. Through the HP Smart App, users can benefit from a wide range of extra functions, including printing scans from your smartphone or tablet, printing from the cloud with compatibility to services including Google Drive, iCloud, or Dropbox, and even order toner when you are running low. One thing that is important to note is that the wireless connectivity of this printer only works on a 2.4GHz network – with no 5G connectivity.  

The HP Prom 15w comes preloaded with an introductory toner cartridge only good for 500 pages. Toner for this specific printer costs around $65 dollars for a refill, and at 1000 pages per cartridge, 6.6 cents per page is a lot comparatively for a black toner – but you will have to print a lot before the savings from this printer’s initial price is negated by the expensive ink costs.  

In terms of user reviews, the HP gets marks across the board for its small footprint and cheap price – making it a very attractive printer for university use, or people who rarely need to print. One important criticism to note of this printer is its durability: HP lists that this printer is designed to print between 100-1000 pages per month. Users have found that excessive printing has resulted in misaligned printing, jamming, or even the printer overheating and needing time to cool down. If your intended purpose is office use or even working on a dissertation or thesis, this printer may not pack enough punch to be effective in these uses. 

Pros
  • Cheap upfront price. 
  • Smallest body of a printer on this list – perfect for cramped dorm rooms.  
  • Decent number of connectivity options – although Ethernet is not supported.  
Cons
  • Not designed for constant heavy use.  
  • Slow printer speeds overall. 

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between an inkjet and laser printer? 

The central difference between an Inkjet printer and a Laser printer is in their names: an Inkjet uses Ink to print, while a Laser printer uses a laser to print. An Inkjet uses hundreds of small nozzles to spray the paper as it passes through. While a laser printer uses said laser to create a negatively charged outline of what is being printed, which will attract the positive charged toner (a powdered ink), which is transferred onto the paper as the printer runs. While these explanations were hugely simplified and the processes are complicated (shout out to whoever designed these things), the difference is how they perform.  

Inkjet printers are better suited for high-quality colour images, due to their wide colour range as a result of blending ink together. Inkjet’s can also print on wider range of paper types, including glossy paper. However, Inkjet printers are slower, more expensive, and require more upkeep (especially if you need time between prints) – and they are not as clean at printing text as a laser printer.  

Laser printers on the other hand are better at printing documents in black and white, have more capacity, and are better suited at pumping out high volumes of documents. However, they are not as effective at printing colours. They also tend to be bulkier than Inkjet printers.  

Laser printer vs. inkjet: which one should I opt for?  

Laser printers are better for professionals and students: they can handle printing out many sheets at once, do not require too much upkeep, and have better text quality than Inkjets typically. Some online sources have suggested that Inkjet printers are better for users who print less frequently, however issues like cleaning the printhead or running out of the (expensive) print ink are issues users of inkjets will have to deal with, making it not optimal for users who seldom print, in our opinion. Really, we only recommend inkjet printers if you like to print our pictures (which the Inkjet does very well) or you need to use glossy paper for brochures or other medium, otherwise a laser printer will suit you better.                        

Why is toner ink so expensive? 

Toner ink is worth more than its weight in gold, literally. It is in the printer company’s best interest to try to make more money in the long term on toner than up front on the printer itself – that’s capitalism for you. Printer companies need to also stay ahead of third-party toner companies coming in and taking their business, so they focus on proprietary toners to keep their products making them money. However, toner does require petroleum products, and with more and more innovation in printers all the time, toner can be a costly product to manufacture, as well.  

Where can I shop for a laser printer?  

Tech giants like Staples and Best Buy are solid bets for printers if you have one in mind, but you can similarly find printers at Walmart or Costco if you need one on the fly. Online, Amazon is a solid bet, although some models might be priced to the whim of the seller.  

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Updated date

January 4th, 2022

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Sam Beetham

Sam Beetham is a writer who has accomplished his childhood dream of rating things professionally. When not gazing deeply into the LCD display, he can be found cooking, designing DND dungeons or working on music with his band.
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