Why a Monochrome Laser Printer Might Make More Sense

Why a Monochrome Laser Printer Might Make More Sense

Joel Pirela
Jun 28, 2011

Let's be honest: when was the last time you used an inkjet printer to its full 1200 DPI printing potential? Yeah, probably not too often if you're the typical user. With a general migration of image sharing via Facebook, Twitter and mobile messaging, printing boderless high quality photos isn't nearly as common as before. Most printouts are for text docs, maybe directions or a Google map. This is when a stand alone, small laser printer makes more sense.

Brother HL-2240DThis little guy is a full 600 dpi resolution printer, so your text is always going to look super sharp. We love the tray holds up to 250 sheets, meaning less reloading and more printing time(up to 24 pages per minute). Windows and Mac compatible via USB connection.

Samsung ML-2851NDThis Samsung is a solid printer, with toner that can last 30,000 pages and deliver a print out in less than 8 seconds or 100 pages in under 4 minutes. Can your ink jet do that? Comes with built in memory of 32 MB expandable to 160 MB with resolution up to 1200 dpi

Dell 1250c
Now here's a full color laser printer which can produce a rainbow spectrum of colors at 600 dpi. It uses LED technology instead of the more-common laser to create equally crisp results. Priced at just $230, at first, the Dell makes color output seem attainable even for a small home office. Unfortunately, exorbitant toner costs make this printer unbearably pricey in the long term when factoring in supply replacement, so unless color is a must, here's an example where having a backup inkjet may be the better economic choice.

(Image: Flickr member Tim Leelicensed for use under Creative Commons)

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