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The 10 Best Laser/LED Printers - May 2017

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 495 laser/LED printers, 1,380 reviews and 11,000 prices. Last updated 26 May 2017.

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C332dn
#1 in Laser/LED Printers

OKI C332dn

PC Mag - Editor's Choiceljudochbild.se - Recommended
5 Reviews + 2 Awards
  • Two industry awards
  • Not expensive
  • Best seller
Yes
LED
Colour
Print Technologies
  • £88.50
    Amazon UK
    Save £11.48 (10%)
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  • More shops: 16
  • £99.99 Ebuyer
  • £105.75 PC World Business
M553
#2 in Laser/LED Printers

HP M553

alphr.com - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choiceitpro.co.uk - Recommended
10 Reviews + 3 Awards
  • Three industry awards
  • Quite fast print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter)
Yes
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
HL2300
#3 in Laser/LED Printers

Brother HL2300

4 Reviews + 1 Award
  • Cheap
  • Supports duplex printing
  • Quite slow print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter)
No
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • £84.98
    PC World Business
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  • More shops: 3
  • £84.99 Currys
  • £84.99 PC World
1710
#4 in Laser/LED Printers

DELL 1710

10 Reviews + 2 Awards
  • Keenly priced
  • Just released five months ago
  • Does not have a built-in display
No
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • £22.80
    ITC Sales
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Cx410
#5 in Laser/LED Printers

Lexmark Cx410

alphr.com - Recommended
6 Reviews + 2 Awards
  • Two industry awards
  • Supports duplex printing
  • Has an energy Star certified
Yes
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • £222.00
    eBay
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  • More shops: 18
  • £265.20 Misco
  • £340.00 Amazon UK
7500
#6 in Laser/LED Printers

Xerox 7500

pcworld.com_techhive.com - Business Readydigitalartsonline.co.uk - Best BuyPC Mag - Editor's Choicemacworld.co.uk - Editor's Choice
7 Reviews + 4 Awards
  • Four industry awards
  • Not expensive
  • Fairly big standard output capacity
Yes
LED
Colour
Print Technologies
  • £73.53
    Ebuyer Business
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  • More shops: 14
  • £99.99 Ebuyer
  • £105.99 Ryman
C1810
#7 in Laser/LED Printers

Samsung C1810

hardware.info - Bronze Awardbuyerslab.com - 2014 PickExpert Reviews - Best Buy
7 Reviews + 3 Awards
  • Three industry awards
  • Supports Wi-Fi
  • Very slow print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter)
Yes
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • £129.99
    eBay
    Save £38.85 (25%)
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  • More shops: 26
  • £145.90 Amazon UK
  • 20% Off at Euroffice
M227
#8 in Laser/LED Printers

HP M227

3 Reviews
  • Good expert reviews
  • Supports Wi-Fi
  • Fairly fast print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter)
No
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • £193.14
    Misco
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  • More shops: 11
  • £194.97 BT Shop
  • £194.97 BT Business Direct
M553dn
#9 in Laser/LED Printers

HP M553dn

alphr.com - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choiceitpro.co.uk - Recommended
13 Reviews + 3 Awards
  • Three industry awards
  • Supports duplex printing
  • Has an energy Star certified
Yes
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • £407.28
    Amazon UK
    Save £142.55 (26%)
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  • More shops: 19
  • £407.82 Ebuyer Business
  • £409.97 Servers Direct
1700
#10 in Laser/LED Printers

DELL 1700

9 Reviews
  • Reasonably priced
  • Only released five months ago
  • Does not support duplex printing
No
Laser
Colour
Print Technologies
  • £37.80
    ITC Sales
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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 81 £24 - £1,247 76%
Lexmark logo Lexmark Laser/LED Printers 58 £18 - £3,198 82%
Brother logo Brother Laser/LED Printers 45 £33 - £651 91%
Canon logo Canon Laser/LED Printers 43 £55 - £764 72%
Kyocera logo Kyocera Laser/LED Printers 29 £106 - £1,382
OKI logo OKI Laser/LED Printers 28 £73 - £2,713 81%
Samsung logo Samsung Laser/LED Printers 26 £40 - £2,265 81%
Ricoh logo Ricoh Laser/LED Printers 26 £25 - £1,053 78%
Xerox logo Xerox Laser/LED Printers 23 £62 - £794 76%
Other brands Other Laser/LED Printer Brands 19 £23 - £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

Toner Printer Prices

We currently list 381 toner printers ranging from £18 to £3,198. On average, a new toner printer costs £321 and 80% of toner printers are priced between £71 and £674. The Lexmark W850dn is the most expensive toner printer that we found at £3,198, and the Lexmark MS310 is the cheapest at only £18.

Toner Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI laser/LED printers range in price from £68 to £2,276, and the highest average laser/LED printer price out of all brands is OKI laser/LED printers with an average price of £461.

Lexmark toner printers start at £18 and the most expensive Lexmark toner printer costs £3,198. The average price of Lexmark toner printers is £432 which is the second highest average price of all toner printer brands.

The average price of Kyocera toner printers is £415 which is the third highest average price of all toner printer brands. Kyocera toner printers start at £59 and the most expensive Kyocera toner printer costs £1,370.

Laser/LED Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 309 expert reviews and 11 user reviews for laser/LED printers available online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of laser/LED printer. The top rated laser/LED printer brand is Brother with an average rating of 83%. The second best brand is Kyocera with 82% and the third best brand is Lexmark with 81%.

Biggest Laser/LED Printer Retailers

The biggest toner printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 229 current toner printer offers from eBay. The second biggest toner printer retailer is Misco with 224 offers. That means eBay is very close in size to Misco when it comes to toner printers. Amazon UK is the third biggest retailer with 211 current offers.

When Are Most New Toner Printers Released?

September to October is the most common period for new laser/LED printers to be released in. If you want the latest toner printer technology you may want to think about waiting until September 2017. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current laser/LED printers cheaper in September once the latest models have been released. In October 2016 23 new toner printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new toner printer releases. In 2015 most new laser/LED printers were released in September, with 165 new laser/LED printers released that month. September was also the biggest month in 2014 for new toner printers, with 46 new toner printers released that month.

How Fast Do Toner Printer Prices Drop After Release?

New toner printers drop in price by an average of 1% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new laser/LED printer costing £321, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £2.

Colours

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

Across the range of laser/LED 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 the majority of laser/LED printers range from 27ppm to 33ppm. The laser/LED printer with the fastest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) is the HPM609, which is a 71ppm Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Let toner printer and is available at £795.60. The toner printer with the slowest print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter) is the HPM609, which is an 8ppm Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Let laser/LED printer and currently retails for £77.24.

Biggest Toner Printer Retailers

We found 229 current offers for laser/LED printers from eBay making it the biggest toner printer retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, Misco for whom we found 224 current offers for laser/LED printers. The third biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 211 current toner printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Laser/LED Printers?

The cheapest shop by number of laser/LED printer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 82 laser/LED printers.

Proportion of Laser/LED Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on toner printers is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 35.8% of its toner printers.

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