Inkjet vs laser printers
Top five best colour laser printers for 2020
By Andrew Laughlin
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The best colour laser printers will give you good-looking colour prints, and without high printing costs. Find yours with our expert guide.
When it comes to producing great black-and-white or colour prints, laser printers are often faster than inkjet printers and typically cost you less per printed page.
The five colour laser printers in the table below, including models by big brands such as HP and Samsung, are perfect for printing big, text-heavy documents or office prints with colour charts and graphs.
But, not all laser printers are sure-fire winners. Colour laser printers can cost a pretty penny, so don't get stuck with a an underwhelming model that produces poor photos or stripy blocks of colour – scroll down for our list of colour laser printers to avoid.
If you want a monochrome laser printer (only able to printer in black-and-white), there are five Best Buy models featured in our best laser printers guide.
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Top five colour laser printers
If you print, copy and scan frequently, you’ll want a printer that’s up to the job – and this big brand model certainly fits that bill. It can print reams of black text and office graphics documents without breaking a sweat. Plus, it has wi-fi for wireless printing.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct at October 2018.
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And here are three colour laser printers to avoid
Laser printers have plenty of merits, but printing top quality colour prints is not one of them. While the models above have excelled in our testing, plenty of colour laser printers underwhelm when it comes to turning out images, spreadsheets and photos.
The three printers below promise to turn out crisp colour prints at an affordable cost, but all you'll see is red at the poor quality prints that'll drop into the paper tray.
Colour laser printers to avoid
Buy your laser toner online
Most laser-printer users tend to buy branded, or original toner because the third-party choice is more limited compared to printer ink.
While the big names tend to dominate the toner market, however, according to our survey of laser printer owners, the joint top-scoring laser toner brand sells compatible and remanufactured toner cartridges – sometimes at almost half the price of first-party alternatives.
Find the best laser toner for your printer with our expert guide to buying toner, which includes the best places to buy laser toner online.