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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every laser printer on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 562 laser printers, 2,070 reviews and 9,830 prices. Last updated 18 August 2017.

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£99.85

#2 OKI C332dn

C332dn
PC Mag - Editor's Choiceljudochbild.se - Recommended
The highest rated laser printer under £100, with very low running costs and good features
92
Reviews
2 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
88
Age
10 Months Old
81
Running Costs
£32 / 10 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
30ppm
Oct 2016
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
Amazon UK £99.85
Ebuyer £99.98
BT Shop £110.40
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£173.78

#3 Kyocera ECOSYS P5021cdw

ECOSYS P5021cdw
techpowerup.com - Editor's Choice
The best scoring laser printer under £500, with very low running costs and great features
90
Reviews
1 Award
93
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
10 Months Old
80
Running Costs
£33 / 10 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
21ppm
Oct 2016
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
eBay £173.78
BT Shop £178.20
BT Business Direct £178.20
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£107.00
Save £41.82 (28%)

#4 HP 352dw

352dw
The highest scoring high-capacity laser printer on the market, with good features and exceptional expert reviews
83
Reviews
4 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
83
Age
1 Year Old
97
Running Costs
£7 / 10 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
30ppm
Jun 2016
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
Amazon UK £107.00
PC World Business £209.10
Misco £223.14
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£148.74

#5 HP M553

M553
alphr.com - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choiceitpro.co.uk - Recommended
An award winning and low cost 38ppm print speed laser printer, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites
96
Reviews
3 Awards
94
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
76
Age
2 Years Old
50
Running Costs
£716 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
38ppm
Oct 2015
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
Misco £148.74
Flubit Deals £246.68
Amazon UK £260.82
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£92.00

#6 Canon LBP6230

LBP6230
PC Advisor.co.uk - Gold
A great value for money and award winning 25ppm print speed laser printer, with OK running costs and good features
93
Reviews
1 Award
96
Value for Money
Excellent
67
Features
Good Features
74
Age
2 Years Old
63
Running Costs
£62 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
No
25ppm
Sep 2015
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
Amazon UK £92.00
Ebuyer Business £93.99
Ebuyer £118.84
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£154.30

#7 Lexmark CS720de

CS720de
A fully featured and very economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, but representing poor value for money
43
Value for Money
Mediocre
85
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Age
1 Year Old
82
Running Costs
£27 / 10 Years
66
Overall Score
Good
Yes
40ppm
May 2016
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
Amazon UK £154.30
Misco £453.60
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£61.14

#8 Xerox 6700

6700
A top-value and very economical to run 45ppm print speed laser printer, with good features
97
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
74
Age
2 Years Old
82
Running Costs
£27 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
45ppm
Sep 2015
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
Amazon UK £61.14
BT Shop £72.86
BT Business Direct £72.86
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£699.99

#8 Lexmark CS510de

CS510de
A very economical to run and top-value 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with a recent release date and good features
96
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
89
Age
5 Months Old
90
Running Costs
£24 / 10 Years
80
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
32ppm
Mar 2017
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
Amazon UK £699.99
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£196.74
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#9 Lexmark CS820dtfe

CS820dtfe
A fully featured and spectacularly good value for money 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printer, with low running costs and an astoundingly fast 57ppm print speed
96
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Age
2 Years Old
75
Running Costs
£33 / 10 Years
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
57ppm
Feb 2016
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
Misco £196.74
Amazon UK £1,793.20
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£91.89
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#10 OKI C831

C831
buyerslab.com - Energy Efficiency
An award winning but 2 year old 35ppm print speed laser printer, with high running costs and representing poor value for money
81
Reviews
1 Award
21
Value for Money
Mediocre
65
Features
Good Features
67
Age
2 Years Old
21
Running Costs
£2,083 / 10 Years
55
Overall Score
Average
Yes
35ppm
Sep 2015
Colour
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Release Date
Amazon UK £91.89
Ebuyer Business £927.04
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Laser Printer Brands

Find out how laser printer brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their laser printers. Click on a link to compare all laser printers made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Laser Printers Price Range Average Rating
HP logo HP Laser Printers 95 £17 - £1,478 71%
Lexmark logo Lexmark Laser Printers 74 £18 - £2,318 69%
Canon logo Canon Laser Printers 58 £38 - £1,325 69%
Brother logo Brother Laser Printers 55 £37 - £790 72%
OKI logo OKI Laser Printers 35 £35 - £3,900 66%
Samsung logo Samsung Laser Printers 31 £30 - £840 75%
Kyocera logo Kyocera Laser Printers 31 £138 - £1,319 75%
Ricoh logo Ricoh Laser Printers 25 £25 - £880 73%
Xerox logo Xerox Laser Printers 20 £61 - £1,404 77%
Other brands Other Laser Printer Brands 12 £79 - £1,186

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.

However while laser printers are very good for black & white printing, they are very weak at anything involving colour. Many laser printers are simply incapable of printing in colour, since the toner they use only comes in one colour. Colour laser printers do exist, but have nowhere near the quality of inkjet or photo printers.

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.

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

We currently list 438 laser printers ranging from £16 to £3,900. The average price of a new laser printer is £365 and 80% of laser printers are priced between £78 and £764. The HP 4650hdn is the cheapest laser printer at only £17, and OKI Pro9431dn is the most expensive at £3,900.

Laser Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI laser printers range in price from £35 to £3,900, and the highest average laser printer price out of all brands is OKI laser printers with an average price of £664.

Kyocera laser printers range in price from £138 to £1,317, and the second highest average laser printer price out of all brands is Kyocera laser printers with an average price of £471.

The average price of Lexmark laser printers is £458 which is the third highest average price of all laser printer brands. Lexmark laser printers range in price from £18 to £2,318.

Laser Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 316 expert reviews and 603 user reviews for laser printers from across the internet and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of laser printer. The top rated laser printer brand is Ricoh with an average rating of 87%. The second best brand is HP with 83% and the third best brand is Brother with 83%.

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

The biggest laser printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 337 current laser printer offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest laser printer retailer is eBay with 231 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to laser printers. Misco is the third biggest retailer with 221 current offers.

When Are Most New Laser Printers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any evident pattern in the release month for new laser printers. Last year most new laser printers were released in February, with 38 new laser printers released that month. September was the biggest month in 2015 for new laser printers, with 166 new laser printers released that month. Also the biggest month in 2014 for new laser printer releases was September, with 45 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 1% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means a saving of £5 on a typical £365 new laser printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

This denotes the largest resolution that the laser printer is capable of printing at.

Amongst new laser printers, the most frequently found maximum resolution is 1200 x 1200 DPI. We found 251 laser printers that are 1200 x 1200 DPI laser printers. We found 83 laser printers that are 600 x 600 DPI laser printers, making 600 x 600 DPI the second most common 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.

Colours

This 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 is roughly the same. 45% of laser printers do are laser printers which support colour and 279 laser printers (52%) are laser printers which do not support colour.

Print Speeds (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)

This 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 (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) range from 8ppm to 71ppm. The print speeds (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) of most laser printers range from 27ppm to 33ppm. The laser printer with the fastest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) is the HPM609, which is a 71ppm print speed laser printer and can be purchased for £724.06. The HPM609 has the slowest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter). This laser printer is a 14ppm print speed laser printer and can be purchased for £234.99.

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

Biggest Laser Printer Retailers

The biggest laser printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 337 current laser printer offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest laser printer retailer is eBay with 231 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to laser printers. Misco is the third biggest retailer with 221 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Laser Printers?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on laser printers is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 113 laser printers.

Proportion of Laser Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 33.5% of its laser printers, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest laser printer shop.

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