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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique laser printers rating which considers: 6,400 UK prices • 3,700 expert & user reviews • 680 product comparisons • 62 industry awards • Score breakdown
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HP LaserJet M118DW

£99.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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49ppm
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Oct 2018
#2

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HP LaserJet M553X

82 Reviews
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£203.21

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Jul 2017
#3

88

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Lexmark C2535DW

£203.23

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2400 X 600 DPI
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35ppm
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Nov 2018
#4

88

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Brother HLL3270CDW

£150.00

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2400 X 600 DPI
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24ppm
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Jul 2018
#5

87

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Lexmark C2425DW

£120.52

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2400 X 600 DPI
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23ppm
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Nov 2018
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87

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Brother HLL3230CDW

£129.99

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2400 X 600 DPI
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18ppm
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Aug 2018
£60 Voucher
#7

87

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HP LaserJet M254DW

106 Reviews
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£134.95

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600 X 600 DPI
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21ppm
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Oct 2017
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87

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Lexmark B2442DW

£95.62

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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42ppm
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Jul 2018
#9

87

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Brother HLL2350DW

£89.99

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2400 X 600 DPI
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30ppm
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Nov 2017
#10

87

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HP M148FDW

£127.40

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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28ppm
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Nov 2017
#11

86

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HP LaserJet M452NW

193 Reviews
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£186.99

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600 X 600 DPI
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27ppm
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Oct 2015
#12

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Brother HLL2375DW

£133.54

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2400 X 600 DPI
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32ppm
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Nov 2017
£30 Voucher
#13

86

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Brother HLL3210CW

£122.57

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2400 X 600 DPI
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18ppm
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Aug 2018
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86

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Lexmark B2650DW

£239.05

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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47ppm
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Jul 2018
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86

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Brother HLL8260CDW

£187.24

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2400 X 600 DPI
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31ppm
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Mar 2017
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86

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Lexmark C2325dw

£79.95

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2400 X 600 DPI
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25ppm
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Aug 2017
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86

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HP LaserJet M506

9 Reviews

£118.12

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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43ppm
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Sep 2015
#18

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Lexmark B2865DW

£279.64

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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61ppm
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Sep 2018
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Lexmark B2546DW

£150.00

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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44ppm
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Jul 2018
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HP LaserJet M501DN

31 Reviews
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£308.71

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4800 X 600 DPI
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43ppm
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Apr 2016

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What Are The Best Laser Printer Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every laser printer and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated laser printer brand is HP with an average rating of 81%. Compare all award winning laser printers.

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HP Laser Printers 120 £50 - £3,110
81%
631 reviews
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Lexmark Laser Printers 95 £50 - £5,049
78%
108 reviews
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Ricoh Laser Printers 44 £25 - £715
75%
121 reviews
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Canon Laser Printers 66 £65 - £875
73%
308 reviews
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Samsung Laser Printers 37 £53 - £2,158
72%
1,419 reviews
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Xerox Laser Printers 43 £185 - £2,620
67%
117 reviews
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OKI Laser Printers 34 £100 - £1,560
57%
10 reviews
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Kyocera Laser Printers 28 £135 - £3,480
34%
1 review
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DELL Laser Printers 27 £76 - £800
30%
2 reviews
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Brother Laser Printers 66 £43 - £600

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£49.99
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M2026
£39.99
£10 cheaper
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M2070
£70.00
£19 cheaper
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DCP1612
£89.00
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M2026
£39.99
£25 cheaper
More popular
1200 x 1200 DPI
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LaserJet Pro M15w
£64.99
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£64.98
£125 cheaper
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M12
£190.00
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LBP6030
£64.98
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£64.69
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£220.42
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£181.00
£39 cheaper
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£335.15
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£248.57
£87 cheaper
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M12
£190.00
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£139.99
£50 cheaper
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£58.80
£41 cheaper
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£100.10
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HL-1110
£42.70
£22 cheaper
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LaserJet Pro M15w
£64.99
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LaserJet Pro M15w
£64.99
£65 cheaper
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HLL2350DW
£129.98
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HL-L2350DW
£89.99
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LaserJet Pro M15w
£64.99
£25 cheaper
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Pro P1102
£79.98
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LBP6030
£64.98
£15 cheaper
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C480
£199.99
£13 cheaper
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Canon
MF633Cdw
£212.97
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LBP613Cdw
£157.09
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M254
£134.95
£22 cheaper
One more award
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£45.99
£94 cheaper
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£139.99
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£45.99
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£64.69
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£79.98
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LBP6030
£64.98
£15 cheaper
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M2835Dw
£144.99
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HL-L2350DW
£89.99
£55 cheaper
14 months newer
2ppm faster
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MFC-9140
£226.80
4ppm faster
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£212.97
£14 cheaper
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is duplex printing?
ADuplex printing is the ability to print on both sides of the paper - either simultaneously, or automatically turning the paper over to print on the other side. It means you can utilise both sides of the paper.
QWhat is Pictbridge?
APictbridge - or Direct Printing - is a system to allow users to print photos directly from their camera or phone, without having to connect to a computer first. This can either be done using a cable or wifi.
QWhat is an envelope feeder?
AAn envelope feeder allows you to load up a quantity of envelopes, which are then pulled into the printer to have addresses/names/etc printed directly onto them, rather than having to use labels.

Laser Printer Buying Guide

There are 2 main types of printers available on the consumer market - inkjet and laser printers. Both have strengths and weaknesses, and your choice will largely depend on what you plan on using your printer for. This guide will concentrate on information about laser/LED printers - for a detailed rundown of laser printers, please see the guide under the inkjet printer category.

Laser printers work by using a very fine laser to help minuscule particles of powdered ink (toner) ‘stick’ to the page in the shape of the letters and numbers to be printed. The page is then passed through between 2 heated rollers (a ‘fusing unit’), ‘burning’ the toner onto the page. Because the laser can move very fast, a laser printer can print at a very fast rate - far faster than any inkjet printer. Also, because the laser is extremely accurate, it allows for extremely crisp prints, with little chance of smudging or blotting.

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Cost

Compared to inkjet printers, laser printers are far more expensive - sometimes double or more the cost of an equivalent inkjet model. However while the initial cost is high, the day-to-day running costs are far lower: toner cartridges last far longer than ink cartridges, and are cheaper to replace. Both these factors mean that if you routinely print large amounts of documents, a laser printer will be far more economical over time compared to an inkjet.

Types of Laser Printer

There are 2 main types of laser printer on the market at the moment - laser and LED printers. Both work by the same process - using focussed light to trace a path for toner particles on a page. However while a laser has to track across the page from one side of a line to the other, an LED printer can use a static bank of LEDs to ‘flash’ an entire line in one go. This means that LED printers are far faster than laser printers which achieving the same high-quality prints. However since LED printers are a new technology, you can expect to pay more for an LED-enabled printer. If you find yourself regularly printing a lot of documents, the saving in time may well be worth the expenditure.

Black & White vs. Colour

Laser printers are primarily monochromatic, since they only use a single colour of toner. However colour laser printers do exist - they work by having 4 separate cartridges and drums (black, yellow, magenta and cyan) so the paper is passed through each colour of toner in turn, building up a fully-coloured print as it goes.

Because they involve far more hardware, colour laser printers are far more expensive than their monochromatic cousins. Moreover, the quality of the printing is nowhere near as good as inkjet or photo printers - you won’t be able to get professional-quality colour depth or detail from a laser printer. Therefore if high-quality colour printing is important for you, you may wish to look into buying an inkjet printer.

Print Speed

Laser printers are far faster than inkjet printers, and are capable of a very high rate of pages printed per minute. That said, there is a large variety in printing speed within laser printers, with some models capable of printing pages twice as fast as other devices. This is especially true of LED printers, which are capable of an extremely high page-per-minute rate. All of our printers have detailed stats on the number of pages they can print a minute, broken down into monochrome and colour, as well as by quality (draft, normal, high-quality). This will allow you to make the best decision as to the laser printer that best suits your needs.

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Connectivity

Most newer models of laser printers have an array of network connectivity options to make printing easier and more efficient. Ethernet connectivity is now a common feature in modern laser printers - so data can be transferred over a network without having to plug your computer into the printer directly. This makes it far easier to share printers with groups: the printer can be placed in a central area and used freely by everyone around.

Additionally, many models of laser and LED printer also have wifi and/or bluetooth connectivity. These options mean that you do not even have to use a cable to use the printer - data can be transferred over wireless connection.

Finally, the newest models of these printers have support for cloud or app printing. These options allow you to send a document to print from anywhere in the world - from a browser over the cloud, or from an app on your smartphone. While you will pay more money for these options, the convenience they provide may be worth the extra expenditure.

Laser Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

Laser Printer Prices

The price range of laser printers is from £24 to £5,049 and in total we found prices for 333 laser printers. A new laser printer costs on average £441 and 80% of laser printers are priced between £90 and £927. The Ricoh SP112 is the cheapest laser printer at only £25, and Lexmark CX921de is the most expensive at £5,049.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

The highest average laser printer price out of all brands is Xerox laser printers with an average price of £734. Xerox laser printers start at £185 and their most expensive laser printer costs £2,620.

The second highest average laser printer price out of all brands is HP laser printers with an average price of £658. HP laser printers range in price from £50 to £3,110.

The third highest average laser printer price out of all brands is Lexmark laser printers with an average price of £595. Lexmark laser printers range in price from £50 to £5,049.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 365 expert reviews and 2,361 user reviews for laser printers and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of laser printer. The top rated laser printer brand is HP with an average rating of 81%. The second best brand is Lexmark with 78% and the third best brand is Ricoh with 75%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

We found 189 current offers for laser printers from Ebuyer Business making it the biggest laser printer retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 177 current offers for laser printers. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 156 current laser printer offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

Most new laser printers tend to be released between August and October. That means that most of the latest laser printer technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. 19 new laser printers were released in August 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new laser printer releases. In November 2017, 91 new laser printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new laser printer releases. In 2016 most new laser printers were released in October, with 38 new laser printers released that month.

How Fast Do Laser Printer Prices Drop After Release?

New laser printers drop in price by an average of 0% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

A typical new laser printer costs on average £441. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £1.

Maximum Resolutions

'Maximum Resolution' denotes the largest resolution that the laser printer is capable of printing at.

The most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new laser printers is 1200 x 1200 DPI. We found 327 laser printers that are 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printers. The second most popular maximum resolution amongst new laser printers is 600 x 600 DPI. We found 100 laser printers that are 600 x 600 DPI laser printers.

A larger resolution means that the print-out is comprised of more pixels, meaning greater detail and a higher-quality print.

Print Speeds

'Print Speed' measures how long it takes the laser printer to print a single black & white A4 page at normal quality.

The print speeds of laser printers range from 8ppm to 75ppm. The print speeds of most laser printers range from 35ppm to 40ppm. The laser printer with the fastest print speed is the HP 765DN, which is a 75ppm print speed laser printer and is on sale for £3,109.96. The laser printer with the slowest print speed is the Canon MF628CW, which is a 14ppm print speed laser printer and is on sale for £234.99.

A faster print speed means the laser printer is more efficient and can manage larger print jobs faster.

Colour Printing

'Colour Printing' denotes whether the laser printer has the ability to print in colour, or whether it's limited to black & white.

Most new laser printers are laser printers which do not support colour printing. 326 out of 583 on Kagoo are laser printers which do not support colour printing and 257 out of 583 are laser printers which support colour printing.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Laser Printers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying laser printers. For each retailer it shows the total number of laser printers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying laser printers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Ebuyer Business. 143 of their laser printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Laser Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for laser printers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of laser printer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's laser printer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Ebuyer Business. 75.7% of their laser printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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