Do you know what are the best color laser printers on the market? While previously, these printers were only popular in large offices or wealthy individuals (great value) in the present, not only come with many more useful options, but, in addition, they are really accessible.
Why, then, we have made a summary of that, in our opinion, are the best color laser printers on the market, some with multifunction such as scanner, photocopier and fax, to more simple.
The best color laser printer
Why should you buy it? For its high-capacity toner, printing speeds, very fast and a great variety of options for wireless connectivity.
Who is it for? offices with large print volumes or anyone who needs quick prints and colorful.
Why choose the Brother HL-L8360CDW? With the measures 17.4 x 19.1 x 12.3 inches (width, depth, height) and a weight up to 48 pounds, the Brother HL-L8360CDW is not light. Offers print speeds of up to 33 pages per minute (ppm) and toner cartridges of high capacity that can last up to 4,500 prints. The monthly duty cycle is 60,000 pages, with a recommended amount of 4,000. The main tray paper supports up to 250 sheets of letter-size paper or legal, while an auxiliary tray of 50 sheets can be used for types of paper alternative as the letterhead. If you need more paper capacity, you can add additional trays, purchased separately, up to 1,300 pages in total. If you want the paper to last as long as possible, the double-sided printing is also possible thanks to the duplex printing automatically.
For larger companies with security concerns, the HL-L8360CDW account with a credit card reader NFC built-in which can scan the credentials of the employees to authorize access, among other security features. The printer is controlled from the touch screen of 2.7 inches and can be linked to the accounts Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive on your company. For home use or in small offices, you can print wirelessly and easily through Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print 2.0. Other wireless standards include Wifi direct, Cortado Workspace, Mopria and the application Brother iPrint&Scan.
When shopping in Amazon, the HL-L8360CDW also comes with Dash Replenishment, and can be set to prompt automatically the toner when it runs out.
The best color laser printer low cost
Why should you buy it? laser prints fast color at an affordable price.
Who is it for? For private customers and small office needs of printing volume is moderate.
Why choose the Brother HL-L3210CW? Any printer laser color costing less than $200 dollars because it is cheap, and this offers some performance characteristics of a solid that makes it a bargain. The print speed is up to 19 ppm, the paper tray has capacity for 250 sheets of letter-size paper or legal, and a manual feed slot allows for other paper sizes and paper types such as envelopes. Designed for offices with lower volume, the duty cycle monthly maximum is half that of the HL-L8360CDW, with 30,000 pages, while the recommended is 1,500.
For wireless printing, support for Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print is standard, as is Brother iPrint&Scan, and Wifi direct. Unlike the more powerful L8360CDW, the L3210CW does not offer double-sided printing, and is formed with toner cartridges of smaller capacity and 1,400 impressions. However, this is an advantage in size and weight; the L3210CW weighs 10 pounds less than the L8360CW with 37.8 pounds, and is almost 4 inches shorter with 16.1 x 18.1 x 9.9 inches.
HP COLOR LASERJET PRO M281FDWDW
The best printer for home office
Why should you buy it? Because it prints, copies, scans and sends documents by fax quickly.
Who is it for? For entrepreneurs busy that you need a solution to print and scan all-in-one.
Why we chose the HP Color LaserJet Pro M281fdw? This color laser all-in-one not only prints at a speed of up to 22 ppm, but you can also copy and scan documents -full-color – at the same speed (the documents monochrome you can scan even faster, to 26 ppm). The main tray paper supports up to 250 sheets with support for several paper sizes ranging from 3 x 5 inches up to legal sized 8.5 x 14 inches, while the automatic document feeder of 50 pages helps to perform jobs of copying or scanning of large size. With a monthly duty cycle recommended 150 to 2,500 pages, the HP Color LaserJet Pro M281fdw is perfect for the printing needs of the home office. Find it on the internet for less than $400 dollars, so that will not leave you in bankruptcy.
Even with all that power and versatility, the M281fdw manages to keep a size and a weight means to be a color laser printers high range. Measures 16.5 x 16.6 x 13.2 inches and weighs 41 pounds, a little more than the Brother HL-L3210CW above, that does not have all the capabilities multifunction. Includes a color touch screen of 2.7 inches to navigate through the menu system and even has a USB port to print directly from a USB device. Wireless printing is possible from mobile devices using Apple AirPrint, HP ePrint, Mopria or Wifi directly. However, Google Cloud Print is not supported.
CANON COLOR IMAGECLASS MF634CDW
The best color laser printer for photos
Why should you buy it? For its high-quality color printing on a multifunction printer.
Who is it for? For anyone who needs to print or copy photos, and graphics quickly.
Why we chose the Canon Color imageClass MF634Cdw? Laser printers are not photo printers, but models like this contribute greatly to reducing the differences between them, which makes sense if they come from a company like Canon, known for cameras. Although we don’t recommend it for the photographers, to the office, if you need to make or reproduce documents that contain graphics and photos, the MF634Cdw is difficult to overcome, especially when you can find them for about $300 dollars.
Although its print speed of 19 ppm does not match with the HP M281fdw, offers print, copy and duplex scan automated from your document feeder of 50 sheets. The scanned monochrome are fast, 28 ppm, while those of color are slower, 14 ppm. With a monthly duty cycle max of 30,000 impressions and a recommended cycle of 200-2,500, also can meet the demands of printing standard for small and medium sized offices.
In addition to USB, print jobs can be sent wirelessly through Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Wifi Direct and the application Print Business Canon.
HP COLOR LASERJET PRO M254DW
The best color laser printer for Mac
Why should you buy it? To be a printer so easy to set up as your Mac.
Who is it for? For anyone needing a color laser printer basic and simple.
Why we chose the HP Color Laserjet Pro M254dw? Any printer from this list will work with your Mac, but the HP Color Laserjet Pro M254dw is perhaps the most similar to the Mac user experience. Praised by users for its ease of use, you will be ready to print within minutes of opening the box. With support for Apple AirPrint built-in, you can print wirelessly from your Mac, iPhone or iPad without the need to install drivers. The printer is also compatible with HP ePrint, Mopria and Wifi Direct, but, like the HP M281fdw, is not compatible with Google Cloud Print.
Although the ease of use can be the main sales argument, the M281fdw doesn’t disappoint in terms of performance, with print speeds of up to 22 ppm in both black as in color. The monthly duty cycle recommended of the printer up to 2,500 prints makes it suitable for environments of medium volume-high, while the first print out time of 10.2 seconds (for monochrome, to color are 11.8 seconds) also makes it effective in settings of lower volume, where it is possible that you need to make an impression once in a while and don’t want to have to wait for the printer to warm up.
With a slim profile (compared to that of your class) and a weight of only 32 pounds, this color laser printer also offers a low profile design, which makes it a good choice for the home office or for places where design matters.
Color laser printers versus inkjet printers: what is the best?
Laser printers are best for text documents, producing crisp lines even with font sizes very small. With the time, also are more economic to run, because you can get more impressions per dollar spent on toner with inkjet ink. Laser printers also offer faster print speeds and can save a lot of time on large print jobs.
However, laser printers and the toner that use entail initial costs higher. If you don’t print very often, you can buy an inkjet printer is a cheap (some cost as little as $30 dollars) and you can spend a lot of time before their operating costs higher to reach the higher initial cost of a laser printer. To print jobs smaller, the faster speed of pages per minute a laser printer will not be a great advantage.
The color laser printers can also be a little slower in comparison with the versions monochrome the same due to how it works the process of color toner. To create color, most color laser printers use a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Perform one pass for each toner color (the methods here can vary, but many use multiple rollers), which naturally takes more time.
Although the color laser printers have improved much in the handling of photographs, if you’re looking to make photographic prints, detailed and color accurate to hang on your wall, display in a gallery or sell to the customer, a photo printer of injection of ink of high-end continues to be the path to follow (or simply give the work to a photo lab).
Beyond the quality of the print, the photo printers of injection of ink can also handle a wider variety of types and sizes of paper in comparison with laser printers. A color laser printer will handle photos and online graphics in documents very well.
*Updated by Maria Teresa Lopes on 06 September, 2019.
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