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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique laser printers rating which considers: 7,700 UK prices • 4,200 expert & user reviews • 670 product comparisons • 75 industry awards • Score breakdown
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HP LaserJet M553

78 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
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Brother HL‑L3230CDW

£105.00

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18ppm
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HP LaserJet M452

182 Reviews
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£64.05

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27ppm
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Oct 2015
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Brother HL‑L2350DW

£79.99

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30ppm
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Lexmark B2442dw

£96.80

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42ppm
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Lexmark B2338dw

£95.99

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38ppm
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Brother HL‑L3210CW

£126.49

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18ppm
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Aug 2018
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Lexmark C2535dw

£243.99

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35ppm
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Nov 2018
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HP LaserJet M506

9 Reviews

£135.33

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43ppm
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Oct 2015
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Brother HL‑L8260

£190.08

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31ppm
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Brother HL‑L3270CDW

£162.87

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24ppm
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HP LaserJet M254

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£138.98

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21ppm
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Lexmark CS310

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£85.30

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25ppm
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Jan 2013
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Lexmark CS727de

£214.92

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38ppm
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HP LaserJet M402d

£69.95

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38ppm
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Oct 2016
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Samsung SL‑C430

£99.99

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18ppm
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Jun 2015
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Lexmark C734dw

£28.95

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28ppm
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OKI C532dn

£34.13

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30ppm
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Oct 2016
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OKI C332dn

£140.97

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HP LaserJet LaserJet Pro M15w

£63.47

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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 Samsung with an average rating of 82%. Compare all award winning laser printers.

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Samsung Laser Printers 37 £16 - £2,325
82%
1,355 reviews
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Ricoh Laser Printers 44 £25 - £984
79%
121 reviews
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HP Laser Printers 115 £19 - £3,044
79%
983 reviews
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Canon Laser Printers 65 £43 - £743
78%
311 reviews
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Lexmark Laser Printers 93 £29 - £2,318
78%
92 reviews
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Xerox Laser Printers 43 £84 - £3,778
75%
111 reviews
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OKI Laser Printers 34 £34 - £1,740
71%
19 reviews
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Brother Laser Printers 64 £39 - £639
69%
32 reviews
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DELL Laser Printers 27 £76 - £306
23%
2 reviews
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Kyocera Laser Printers 28 £136 - £3,375

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£50.40
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£132.28
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HL-L2350DW
£75.41
£57 cheaper
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2ppm faster
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£226.80
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£214.74
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HLL2350DW
£78.86
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MFC-L2740
£220.42
£75 cheaper
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MF249
£294.97
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One more award
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HL-3170CDW
£145.00
18% faster
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£45 cheaper
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HL-L8360
£346.38
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£265.98
£80 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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£53.87
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£50.40
£3 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

In total we found 326 laser printers ranging from £16 to £3,778. The average price of a new laser printer is £372 and 80% of laser printers are priced between £65 and £777. The Samsung C1810W is the cheapest laser printer at only £16, and Xerox C9000V_DT is the most expensive at £3,778.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

Xerox laser printers range in price from £84 to £3,778, and the average price of Xerox laser printers is £868 which is the highest average price of all laser printer brands.

Kyocera laser printers range in price from £136 to £3,375, and the average price of Kyocera laser printers is £568 which is the second highest average price of all laser printer brands.

OKI laser printers start at £34 and their most expensive laser printer costs £1,740. The third highest average laser printer price out of all brands is OKI laser printers with an average price of £521.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 485 expert reviews and 2,559 user reviews for laser printers and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of laser printer. The top rated laser printer brand is Samsung with an average rating of 82%. The second best brand is Ricoh with 79% and the third best brand is HP with 79%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

We found 220 current offers for laser printers from eBay making it the biggest laser printer retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Ebuyer Business for whom we found 205 current offers for laser printers. The third biggest retailer is BT Business Direct with 187 current laser printer offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

The most common period for new laser printers to be released in is between August and October. If you wait until August 2019 then you might be able to get better features on your laser printer. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current laser printers cheaper in August once the latest models have been released. 19 new laser printers were released in August 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new laser printer releases. In November 2017, 85 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?

In the first 6 months after release, laser printers drop in price by 1% on average. On a typical new laser printer costing £372, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £2.

Maximum Resolutions

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

1200 x 1200 DPI is the most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new laser printers. We found 320 laser printers that are 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printers. We found 99 laser printers that are 600 x 600 DPI laser printers, making this the second most popular maximum resolution amongst new 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.

Across the range of laser printers, the print speeds range from 8ppm to 75ppm. The print speeds of most laser printers range from 35ppm to 40ppm. The HP 765DN, which sells for £2,610.52, has the fastest print speed and is a 75ppm print speed laser printer. The Canon LBP7100Cn, which is priced at £130.86, has the slowest print speed and is a 14ppm print speed laser printer.

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. 321 out of 572 on Kagoo are laser printers which do not support colour printing and 252 out of 572 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. 118 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. 57.6% of their laser printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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