Color Laser Printers--Fast, High-Quality, and (Even) Affordable
Laser printers used to be something prohibitively expensive, that you’d only encounter in an office or university setting. And the only option was black-and-white printing--for color, you’d need an inkjet printer. it was quite a while before color laser printers were available on the market.
But gradually, more people make the choice of buying a laser printer. It’s a bit of an investment at first, but laser printer cartridges are capable of printing thousands of pages and save you the hassle--and the expense--of having to replace inkjet cartridges every two or three months. Depending on your printing volume, it’s easy to calculate whether a color laser printer is worth it.
But there are lots of additional features among color laser printers that are available. You’ll probably want wireless printing so that you can print from several devices at once. Or maybe you’ll want to use it as a copier, scanner, and fax machine (in the event that people still send faxes). And you’ll also want that the prints come out quickly, with good resolution--especially if you want to print flashy graphics as well as text.
We’ll look at some of the color laser printers available nowadays, to help you make an informed decision.
Types of Color Laser Printers
All-in-one printers: These have the ability to also copy, scan, and fax. That will save space in your office since one device does everything. An example is the HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw Wireless Laser Printer
Single function printers: These will usually be sold as “compact” laser printers. Since printing is their only function, they’ll tend to be smaller. Since they concentrate only on printing, you’ll need another device for copying or scanning. For example, the Canon Color Image Class Laser Printer LBP622Cdw is a single-function printer.
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Color laser printers for photo printing: There are color laser printers for printing photos and graphic designs. They’ll be able to print on a number of materials, and will have at least 600 dpi of resolution.
Speed of printing: Since a laser printer is usually for heavy printing jobs, you’ll want to make sure that your printer can print quickly. A typical speed nowadays is somewhere from 22-24 pages per minute. But this will depend greatly on the resolution, and whether you’re printing images or text, since images take longer.
What Should You Consider Before Buying a Color Laser Printer?
Check the number of papers to be handled: Make sure that you load a sufficient number of pages into the printer. A business laser printer can hold 250 sheets in a tray. For busier offices, it is always better to get a color laser printer that can accommodate 500 to 1000 pages.
Opt for handling duplexing: A good color laser printer will have the option of double-sided printing, or “duplexing”. Some models have the feature of manual duplexing, while some are automated.
Check network options: This is crucial for color laser printers, as a printer is shared by several devices in your typical office. Office models either have wired networking, an Ethernet port, or a solid Wi-Fi connection. Some even allow for voice commands.
Check for mobile printing: In a busy corporate office, users want the flexibility of printing from a mobile device. You can look for apps that can sync with Andriod, iOS, or other mobile operating systems, for either direct printing, via email, or through third-party technology.
HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw Wireless Laser Printer allows you to print, copy, and scan from a mobile device. It uses HP’s Smart App to allow you to organize repetitive tasks, for greater efficiency. It also can accept voice commands with Alexa. It also has security and energy-saving features.
HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw Wireless Laser Printer
Canon Color Image Class Laser Printer LBP622Cdw also offers you wireless printing from mobile devices, such as iOS and Android devices. It also has special security features so that sensitive information is only accessible in short-term memory and is password protected. It can handle a print volume of as much as 2500 pages/month. The LBP622Cdw is only a printer--if you want a unit that scans, copies, and faxes, then go for the Canon MF644Cdw.
Canon Color Image Class Laser Printer LBP622Cdw
- Brother Color Laser Printer (Model No. HLL9310CDW) has a cartridge that can print as much as 6500 pages, and accepts replacement cartridges that can handle 9000 pages. It is capable of printing 33 pages per minute, with a resolution of 2400 x 600 dots per inch.
Brother Color Laser Printer Model No. HLL9310CDW