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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique laser printers rating which considers: 5,800 UK prices • 30,000 expert & user reviews • 670 product comparisons • 320 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Samsung M2835Dw

395 Reviews
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£99.95

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4800 X 600 DPI
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28ppm
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Sep 2016
The top scoring laser printer under £100, with a Gold award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site.
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Brother HL‑L2350DW

23 Reviews
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£71.99

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2400 X 600 DPI
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30ppm
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Nov 2017
An amazingly cheap and best selling 2400 x 600 DPI laser printer, with a very good spec and terrific user reviews.
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Brother HL‑L2370D

89 Reviews
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£87.40

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2400 X 600 DPI
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36ppm
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Nov 2017
The best scoring laser printer under £500, with superb user reviews and a very good spec.
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Brother HL‑L8260

48 Reviews
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£168.00

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2400 X 600 DPI
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31ppm
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Mar 2017
The highest scoring high-capacity laser printer available, with an industry award and a good price.
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OKI C332dn

11 Reviews
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£109.99

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1200 X 600 DPI
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30ppm
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Aug 2018
A recently released and top-value 1200 x 600 DPI laser printer, with a very good spec and an industry award.
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HP M402dne

373 Reviews
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£160.52

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Dec 2017
A low cost and critically acclaimed 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with a good spec.
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Canon LBP6230

75 Reviews
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£93.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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25ppm
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Jul 2018
A top-value and recently released 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with two industry awards and a good spec.
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Brother HL‑3170CDW

1,308 Reviews
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£149.99

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2400 X 600 DPI
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23ppm
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Oct 2012
A low cost and positively reviewed 2400 x 600 DPI laser printer, with a very good spec.
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Epson WF‑3720DWF

1,324 Reviews
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£60.00

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4800 X 1200 DPI
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20ppm
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Oct 2016
A best selling and top-value 4800 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with an industry award and a good spec.
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Brother HL‑L2360DN

2,811 Reviews
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£78.15

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2400 X 600 DPI
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32ppm
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Jul 2014
An award winning and top-value 2400 x 600 DPI laser printer, with a very good spec.
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HP M553

114 Reviews
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£262.18

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Jul 2017
An award winning and top-value 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with a great spec.
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Brother HL‑L2310D

74 Reviews
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£70.98

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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30ppm
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Nov 2017
An affordable and positively reviewed 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with a good spec.
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HP M402d

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£150.20

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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38ppm
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Oct 2015
A best selling and critically acclaimed 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with a good spec and a very low price.
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Brother HL‑L2375DW

1 Review
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£95.40

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2400 X 600 DPI
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32ppm
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Nov 2017
A low cost and very popular 2400 x 600 DPI laser printer, with a very good spec and very good user reviews.
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HP M501

17 Reviews
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£193.16

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4800 X 600 DPI
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43ppm
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Apr 2016
An award winning and bargain price 4800 x 600 DPI laser printer, with a very good spec.
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HP M254

16 Reviews
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£144.99

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600 X 600 DPI
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21ppm
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Oct 2017
A low cost and best selling 600 x 600 DPI laser printer, with a good spec and an industry award.
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Samsung M2825ND

388 Reviews
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£42.13

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4800 X 600 DPI
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28ppm
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Aug 2014
An award winning and top-value 4800 x 600 DPI laser printer, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and an additional award from another expert site.
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Samsung SL‑M2026

959 Reviews
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£69.95

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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20ppm
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Mar 2011
The best rated laser printer under £50, with marvellous expert reviews and a good spec.
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Brother HL‑L2300D

281 Reviews
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£63.38

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2400 X 600 DPI
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26ppm
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Jul 2014
An award winning and affordable 2400 x 600 DPI laser printer, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website.
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Lexmark CS317dn

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£63.72

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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23ppm
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Jul 2017
A low cost and very popular 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with a good spec.

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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 Brother with an average rating of 86%. Compare all award winning laser printers.

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Brother Laser Printers 60 £43 - £640
86%
14,747 reviews
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HP Laser Printers 108 £38 - £2,700
85%
5,955 reviews
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Xerox Laser Printers 42 £85 - £1,411
83%
765 reviews
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DELL Laser Printers 27 £45 - £306
83%
569 reviews
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Samsung Laser Printers 38 £16 - £2,325
82%
3,603 reviews
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Canon Laser Printers 64 £65 - £1,062
80%
653 reviews
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Ricoh Laser Printers 42 £25 - £1,202
75%
320 reviews
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OKI Laser Printers 33 £110 - £2,135
70%
201 reviews
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Lexmark Laser Printers 85 £50 - £7,535
64%
252 reviews
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Kyocera Laser Printers 28 £99 - £1,650
36%
29 reviews

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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 366 laser printers ranging from £16 to £7,535. On average, a new laser printer costs £454 and 80% of laser printers are priced between £80 and £1,021. The Samsung C1810W is the cheapest laser printer at only £16, and Lexmark MX910de is the most expensive at £7,535.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

Lexmark laser printers range in price from £50 to £7,535, and the average price of Lexmark laser printers is £778 which is the highest average price of all laser printer brands.

HP laser printers range in price from £38 to £2,700, and the average price of HP laser printers is £592 which is the second highest average price of all laser printer brands.

OKI laser printers range in price from £110 to £2,135, and the third highest average laser printer price out of all brands is OKI laser printers with an average price of £582.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 1,010 expert reviews and 26,785 user reviews for laser printers available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of laser printer. The top rated laser printer brand is Brother with an average rating of 86%. The second best brand is HP with 85% and the third best brand is Xerox with 83%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

The biggest laser printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 392 current laser printer offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 247 offers. That means Amazon UK is much bigger than eBay when it comes to laser printers. Ebuyer is the third biggest retailer with 208 current offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

September to November is the most common period for new laser printers to be released in. 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. In 2017 most new laser printers were released in November, with 274 new laser printers released that month. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new laser printers, with 39 new laser printers released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new laser printer releases was September, with 91 new laser printers released that month.

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 302 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 101 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.

Comparing all laser printers, the print speeds range from 8ppm to 75ppm. The print speeds of the majority of 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 can be purchased for £2,427.42. The laser printer with the slowest print speed is the Canon MF623, which is a 14ppm print speed laser printer and is priced at £195.92.

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.

The number of new laser printers that do and are laser printers which do not support colour printing is roughly the same. 243 laser printers out of 546 do are laser printers which support colour printing and 301 laser printers out of 546 are laser printers which do not 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 Amazon UK. 196 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 Amazon UK. 50% of their laser printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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