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The 10 Best Laser/LED Printers - July 2017

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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every laser/LED printer on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 524 laser/LED printers, 1,510 reviews and 10,300 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
C332dn

OKI C332dn

PC Mag - Editor's Choiceljudochbild.se - Recommended
The best rated toner printer under £100 with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
Reviews
93
2 Awards
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
79
Good Features
Age
89
10 Months Old
Running Costs
£1,940 / 10 Years
Overall Score
90
Excellent
Yes
LED
30ppm
Colour
Print Technologies
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Oct 2016
Release Date
#2
7500

Xerox 7500

pcworld.com_techhive.com - Business Readydigitalartsonline.co.uk - Best BuyPC Mag - Editor's Choicemacworld.co.uk - Editor's Choice
An affordable and multi award winning LED colour toner printer with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites
Reviews
93
4 Awards
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
82
Fully-Featured
Age
80
2 Years Old
Running Costs
£118,749 / 10 Years
Overall Score
89
Excellent
Yes
LED
35ppm
Colour
Print Technologies
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Sep 2015
Release Date
#3
ECOSYS P5021cdw

Kyocera ECOSYS P5021cdw

techpowerup.com - Editor's Choice
The best rated laser/LED printer under £500 with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
Reviews
91
1 Award
Value for Money
92
Excellent
Features
83
Fully-Featured
Age
89
9 Months Old
Running Costs
£1,955 / 10 Years
Overall Score
89
Excellent
Yes
Laser
21ppm
Colour
Print Technologies
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Oct 2016
Release Date
#4
M553

HP M553

alphr.com - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choiceitpro.co.uk - Recommended
An award winning and very good value for money Laser colour laser/LED printer with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
Reviews
97
3 Awards
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
77
Good Features
Age
80
2 Years Old
Running Costs
£42,948 / 10 Years
Overall Score
88
Excellent
Yes
Laser
38ppm
Colour
Print Technologies
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Oct 2015
Release Date
#5
C831

OKI C831

buyerslab.com - Energy Efficiency
An affordable and award winning LED colour laser/LED printer
Reviews
86
1 Award
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
75
Good Features
Age
77
2 Years Old
Running Costs
£124,986 / 10 Years
Overall Score
85
Excellent
Yes
LED
35ppm
Colour
Print Technologies
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Sep 2015
Release Date
#6
LBP6230

Canon LBP6230

PC Advisor.co.uk - Gold
A top-value and award winning Laser 25ppm toner printer with a Gol award from one expert review website
Reviews
89
1 Award
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
68
Good Features
Age
75
2 Years Old
Running Costs
£5,408 / 10 Years
Overall Score
83
Excellent
No
Laser
25ppm
Colour
Print Technologies
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Sep 2015
Release Date
#7
6700

Xerox 6700

A very cheap and positively reviewed Laser colour toner printer
Reviews
79
4 Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
73
Good Features
Age
75
2 Years Old
Running Costs
£147,106 / 10 Years
Overall Score
82
Excellent
Yes
Laser
45ppm
Colour
Print Technologies
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Sep 2015
Release Date
#8
CP4025

HP CP4025

pcworld.com_techhive.com - Business Ready
A great value for money and award winning Laser colour laser/LED printer
Reviews
84
1 Award
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
63
Good Features
Age
74
2 Years Old
Running Costs
£90,568 / 10 Years
Overall Score
80
Excellent
Yes
Laser
35ppm
Colour
Print Technologies
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Sep 2015
Release Date
#9
6510

Xerox 6510

betterbuys.com - Editor's Choice
A best selling and bargain buy Laser colour toner printer
Reviews
69
1 Award
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
70
Good Features
Age
86
9 Months Old
Running Costs
£55,097 / 10 Years
Overall Score
80
Excellent
Yes
Laser
28ppm
Colour
Print Technologies
Print Speed (black, Normal Quality, A4/US Letter)
Nov 2016
Release Date
#10
352dw

HP 352dw

A pretty new and cheap colour 30ppm toner printer
Reviews
81
4 Reviews
Value for Money
88
Excellent
Features
70
Good Features
Age
82
1 Year Old
Running Costs
£11,882 / 10 Years
Overall Score
80
Excellent
Yes
30ppm
Jun 2016
Colour
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Laser/LED Printer Brands

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

Logo Brand Number of Laser/LED Printers Price Range Average Rating
HP logo HP Laser/LED Printers 76 £28 - £1,478 69%
Lexmark logo Lexmark Laser/LED Printers 69 £31 - £2,318 69%
Canon logo Canon Laser/LED Printers 50 £65 - £856 67%
Brother logo Brother Laser/LED Printers 49 £40 - £650 72%
OKI logo OKI Laser/LED Printers 32 £63 - £2,713 65%
Samsung logo Samsung Laser/LED Printers 30 £35 - £903 73%
Ricoh logo Ricoh Laser/LED Printers 27 £25 - £865 71%
Kyocera logo Kyocera Laser/LED Printers 27 £130 - £1,828 75%
Xerox logo Xerox Laser/LED Printers 24 £67 - £1,040 72%
Other brands Other Laser/LED Printer Brands 13 £41 - £423

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/LED Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

Laser/LED Printer Prices

In total we found 385 toner printers ranging from £15 to £3,198. The average price of a new toner printer is £327 and 80% of laser/LED printers are priced between £68 and £715. The cheapest toner printer that we found is the HP P2035 at only £15, and the most expensive is the Lexmark W850dn at £3,198.

Toner Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of OKI toner printers is £507 which is the highest average price of all laser/LED printer brands. OKI toner printers range in price from £35 to £2,407.

Lexmark toner printers range in price from £18 to £3,198, and the average price of Lexmark toner printers is £455 which is the second highest average price of all toner printer brands.

Kyocera laser/LED printers start at £130 and the most expensive Kyocera toner printer costs £1,328. The third highest average toner printer price out of all brands is Kyocera laser/LED printers with an average price of £438.

Laser/LED Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 309 expert reviews and 11 user reviews for laser/LED printers from across the internet and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of toner printer. Brother is the top rated toner printer brand with an average rating of 83%. Kyocera is the second best brand with 82% and Lexmark is the third best brand with 81%.

Biggest Laser/LED Printer Retailers

The biggest laser/LED printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 231 current laser/LED printer offers from eBay. The second biggest laser/LED printer retailer is Misco with 227 offers. That means eBay is very close in size to Misco when it comes to laser/LED printers. BT Shop is the third biggest retailer with 202 current offers.

When Are Most New Laser/LED Printers Released?

September to October is the most common period for new toner printers to be released in. If you wait until September 2017 then you might be able to get better features on your laser/LED printer. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current laser/LED printers tend to drop off when the next models are released. 24 new laser/LED printers were released in October 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new toner printer releases. In 2015 most new toner printers were released in September, with 165 new toner printers released that month. September was also the biggest month in 2014 for new laser/LED printers, with 46 new laser/LED printers released that month.

How Fast Do Laser/LED Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, laser/LED printers drop in price by 1%. That means that on a typical laser/LED printer costing £327 you could save on average £2 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Colours

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

The print speeds (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) of laser/LED printers range from 8ppm to 71ppm. The print speeds (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) of the majority of laser/LED printers range from 27ppm to 33ppm. The HPM609, which sells for £795.60, has the fastest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) and is a 71ppm Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Let toner printer. The HPM609, which currently retails for £27.88, has the slowest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) and is an 8ppm Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Let laser/LED printer.

Biggest Toner Printer Retailers

We found 231 current offers for toner printers from eBay making it the biggest laser/LED printer retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, Misco for whom we found 227 current offers for toner printers. The third biggest retailer is BT Shop with 202 current laser/LED printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Laser/LED Printers?

With the cheapest price on 98 laser/LED printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest toner printer retailer.

Proportion of Toner Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on laser/LED printers is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 42.4% of its laser/LED printers.

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