Laser printer test: Entry-level work horses

Four cheap laser all-in-one's on the test bench

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Conclusion

The printers in this test form the entry-level segment for laser printers. Colour and the option to scan to a USB stick are not available at this price point. However there are definitely some things to be said about these devices. If you're looking for a simple printer while not necessarily requiring colour printing, the models in this test are definitely worth considering. They print quite fast and the text on the prints looks nice and sharp. Of course they're not that great at printing photos, which is most noticeable on the HP printer, due to the clear grid in the photo.

Even though the printers seem very similar at first sight, there is quite a lot to choose from. The print speeds differ enormously. The Canon is nice and fast, the HP is outright slow. When printing ten pages the former is done in half a minute, whereas the latter takes up 50 percent more time. We also see large differences with scanning. The Brother is very slow, which could be explained by the measly 32 MB of memory the printer comes with.

Another large difference is found in the print costs. Brother is the cheapest by far. Samsung is the most expensive, with HP closely following Samsung. Canon is somewhat in the middle with their price per print.

All in all we come to the conclusion that the Canon printer is the fastest printer of this test. Unfortunately its price per print is higher compared to the cheaper Brother printer. If you speed matters to you, we'd recommend this model. It's also nice that you can select to which PC you want to scan using the buttons on the device. This is extremely practical in a small office environment. For these reasons this printer deserves, in our opinion, an Excellent Choice Award.


Canon i-Sensys MF232W 

All things considered the Brother MFC-L2700DW, despite its low scan speed, is our favourite. Brother offers the lowest price per print, a sheet feeder, fax function and double sided printing. A lower price per print is the most important reason in our opinion to opt for a laser printer and therefore we value it very highly. Not only is this printer cheap, but it's also easy to use and therefore we award it with a Great Value Award.

 
Brother MFC-L2700DW 


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