Document printing devices have become more and more commonplace and popular. And laser printers are at the forefront of this growth, so this time we want to introduce you to the best laser printers on the market.
Laser printers began to be marketed in 1977 and since then they have not stopped modernising, adding more and more tools to their classic functions. The question is, which of all the models and brands is the best?
We will show you the different types of laser printers and their features, so that you can choose the one that best suits your interests and budget. It is important that you take into account every detail to make the best purchase decision.
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- 5 Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of laser printers
- The laser printer is an electromagnetic device that receives digital information, either from a computer, hard disk, USB or scanner. They are products that have gained popularity in recent years because they are affordable and easy to use.
- The printer drum prepares the paper, the laser draws the image onto the sheet and the toner (a mixture of powder to form images using laser technology) is adhered to the drawn image.
- Some print up to 12 colour pages per minute, while others print up to 30 pages in the same time, far surpassing the old inkjet printing system, which works by ejecting ink droplets of different sizes onto the paper.
The Best Laser Printers: Our Picks
When we talk about laser printers, we talk about variety in the market. And the options you can find are countless and with different features. To help you make your task easier we have compiled this list with the best models you can currently find on the market.
It's important to know that in order to buy the right laser printer, you need to have a thorough understanding of what the different types of printers have to offer. Here we tell you about the benefits and various uses of these printers, as well as the budget you need and the shops you can visit to buy one.
What are laser printers and what are their advantages?
It works through a photosensitive device, i.e. it works with the presence of a certain type of light that projects the printout through a small laser beam. It also has a toner, which is a powder that acts like ink in any regular printing system.
The main advantage of the laser printer is undoubtedly its speed, as it would not be possible to print the amount of paper that is used in companies if it were not for this type of printer. Another benefit, as mentioned in the first paragraph, is the print quality, which is far superior to the inkjet system.
Common laser or multifunctional printer What should you pay attention to?
Common laser printers: These are regular printers that are commanded directly from a computer or similar device. They can be connected to this command device either by cable or wirelessly. They can print text or graphics in any colour and with high resolution.
Multifunctional laser printers: This category consists of a device that in addition to printing is capable of scanning, photocopying, faxing and other functions. There are models of this type of printers that are also wireless and allow several devices at the same time. Their main advantage is that they save space.
|Functions||They can print text or graphics, both in colour and black and white||Most work as a printer, scanner, photocopier, card reader, fax and hard disk to store images.|
|Costs||They are affordable||Acquisition and maintenance costs are higher|
|Connectivity||There are both wired and wireless models||Most models are wired, but it also works via Wi-Fi|
|Particular advantages||It offers high print quality at low costs||It is a compact device, which optimises space|
Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of laser printers
Because there is such a wide range of laser printers on the market, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which is the best one to buy. That is why it is important to consider certain factors in order to buy the right laser printer.
- Print colour
- Print speed
- Printer resolution
- Processor and Memory
It is important to think first of all about the use we are going to give to the printer and according to this, prioritise the most important functions and the secondary ones according to our needs.
One of them is the colour: Will we use only black ink or the whole range of shades?
If we are going to use it for work, there are professions such as law or engineering where coloured ink is not usually used. But in professions such as design, advertising or marketing, it will be essential to buy a printer that offers a wide range of shades.
Discarding the tools that won't be useful will help you choose the right printer, so if you don't need to print in colour you can buy the classic monochrome printer and save space and money. Otherwise it would be good to invest in a multicolour laser printer.
Will you use the laser printer for work or home use? If you need to print documents quickly for presentation within a limited time frame, it is important to pay attention to the number of pages per minute, which is usually 20 pages per minute for standard printers and 30 pages per minute and above for full-featured printers.
One of the advantages of laser printers is that they have very good resolution (except for photographs); however it is important to pay attention to this factor if you need the quality to be particularly high. If so, you should make sure that the resolution is no lower than 600 dpi.
Quality is measured in dpi, i.e. dots per inch. The higher this value, the more resolution, definition and detail the printout will have. For example, standard models print at 600 dpi (horizontal resolution) and more professional models print at over 1200 dpi.
The type of connection also depends on the use of the printer; for example, if you need to make your work easier by connecting from any device (tablet, laptop, smartphone and others), the best option is Wi-Fi, which is the most recent and flexible system available, ideal for home and office use.
You also have the classic USB port system, which virtually all printers have and is still very useful. LAN is the best option for offices, where the printer is shared with other people, because the data transmission is high and it allows you to send documents directly to an email.
There is also the Parallel Port (an interface between a computer and a peripheral), which used to be used a lot in the past and there are still printers with it, but it is now a bit outdated and has been overtaken by new connection systems, especially Wi-Fi.
Processor and memory
Processor and memory are important aspects to take into account, as lasers print page by page and first have to generate it in memory, therefore it needs more RAM than an inkjet printer that prints line by line.
Laser printer memory is measured in megabytes; the best laser printers on the market have 64 MB of memory and can be expanded to 128 MB. The larger the memory, the faster the printer can process multiple jobs.
If you are constantly printing, lasers with up to 64 MB and no less than 12 MB are fine, and if you are going to use the printer at home for your own work, 2 MB is sufficient.
Cheaper laser printers tend to have single or dual-core processors of 400 to 500 Mhz, and between 32 and 128 MB of RAM, while the more sophisticated ones double these numbers. So you will have to re-evaluate your usage and make the best purchase accordingly.
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