Best Colour Laser Printers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 15, 2020
Looking for a device to print out pictures, postcards or posters? When it's about the combination of high quality, speed, and low running costs, a colour laser printer is what you need. Look through our review of the best colour laser printers and choose the one! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PRINTER PARAMETERS
TRAY CAPACITY
MAXIMUM / RECOMMENDED PAGE VOLUME
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PROS

The model incorporates fax forwarding, junk fax barrier, auto reduction, automatic redialing, Distinctive Ring Detection (DRD), as well as poll receive. The company's anti-fraud technology will help you safeguard data, devices, and documents. The 6.85-cm TFT colour touchscreen is convenient and intuitive. 

CONS

Printing is accompanied by lots of clicks and whirrs.

OUR VERDICT

The HP M281fdw has a lot to offer. Some things, like the 250-sheet tray and the printing speed, may seem fairly average. But the device isn't about them. It is about a multitude of great features that improve performance, streamline your interactions with this colour laser printer, and make any printing job a whole lot easier.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS

Printing, copying, scanning, faxing

PRINTER PARAMETERS

Print speed: 21ppm (colour and mono), 12 ppm (double-sided printing)

Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi (600 x 2400 quality)

TRAY CAPACITY

Standard paper tray: 250 sheets

Multipurpose tray: 50 sheets

Manual feed slot: 1 sheet

MAXIMUM / RECOMMENDED PAGE VOLUME

40 000 pages / 150-2500 pages

CARTRIDGE YIELD

1400-page black toner and 700-page colour toners

INTERFACE

Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB

HARDWARE

256 Mb memory, 800 MHz processor, 6.85-cm TFT colour touchscreen

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

Even when printing 18 full-colour pages per minute, the unit never goes above 47 decibels, so you won't have to worry about adding to the office buzz. The in-box toner will give you 1000 pages straight from the box, making the machine relatively economical and ready to use straight away. 

CONS

The printer can be tricky to install. 

OUR VERDICT

The Brother DCP-L3510CDW will be able to support any office's needs. The Wi-Fi module will let multiple users share the printer and print documents from anywhere. Offering 2400 dpi print quality, the unit uses LED laser tech to produce high-quality professional prints. Its operation is as cost-effective as it gets.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS

Printing, copying, scanning, faxing

PRINTER PARAMETERS

Print speed: 18 ppm (colour & mono)

Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi (600 x 2400 quality)

TRAY CAPACITY

Standard paper tray: 250 sheets

Manual feed slot: 1 sheet

MAXIMUM / RECOMMENDED PAGE VOLUME

300 to 1500 pages (recommended monthly volume)

CARTRIDGE YIELD

1000-page standard toner

INTERFACE

Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port

HARDWARE

512 Mb memory, 2-line 16-character LCD screen, Celeron 3865U processor

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

The characters this printer is able to produce will, more often than not, look bold, with smooth, clean borders. You'll have to bust out a powerful microscope to notice minor imperfections and light spots. The model prints black and white at less than 0.03 quid a page or 11.36 quid a ream. 

CONS

The colours aren't always accurate. 

OUR VERDICT

The HP LaserJet Pro M254dw is easily one of the best colour laser printers in its price range. Focusing on the printing quality and performance instead of chasing multifunctionality and versatility, the people behind this model have been able to design an effective, efficient, and sleek-looking office peripheral.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS

Printing, scanning

PRINTER PARAMETERS

Print speed: 21 ppm (colour and mono)

Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi 

TRAY CAPACITY

Standard paper tray: 250 sheets

Manual feed slot: 1 sheet

MAXIMUM / RECOMMENDED PAGE VOLUME

40 000 pages / 150-2500 pages

CARTRIDGE YIELD

1400-page black toner and 1300-page colour toners

INTERFACE

Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port

HARDWARE

256 Mb memory, 800 MHz processor, 6.85-cm colour graphic screen

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The speed of 32 pages per minute is something that only the most expensive multifunction printers will be able to match and the resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi is simply unheard of as far as all-in-one printers go. Furthermore, this impressive machine will be able to print approximately 85 thousand pages per month.

CONS

You will have to purchase an adapter in order to access Wi-Fi.

OUR VERDICT

If your job does not revolve around scanning pages and copying different documents, the Lexmark CS517de will prove to be the most sensible choice. In terms of simply printing as many documents as possible in the shortest amount of time, no MFP will be able to compete with this colour laser printer.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS

Printing

PRINTER PARAMETERS

Print speed: 30 ppm (colour and mono), 15 ppm (double-sided printing)

Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi (600 x 2400 quality)

TRAY CAPACITY

Standard paper tray: 250 sheets

Manual feed slot: 1 sheet

MAXIMUM / RECOMMENDED PAGE VOLUME

85 000 pages / 1500-7000 pages

CARTRIDGE YIELD

3000-page black toner and 1400-page colour toners

INTERFACE

Ethernet, Wi-Fi (adapter MarkNet N8352 needed), Hi-Speed USB

HARDWARE

512 Mb memory, 800 MHz dual-core processor, 10.9-cm TFT colour touchscreen

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The graphics that the model is able to print will be good enough for just about any professional scenario, including PowerPoint handouts. You can very well use the printer's graphics for basic marketing materials (we're talking one-page handouts here). It is able to render color gradients and thin lines about as well as the next printer.

CONS

The display is small and monochrome. 

OUR VERDICT

Brother HL-L8260CDW stacks up very well against its competition. The model has low colour costs. The text quality here is off the charts. The print speed is as good as advertised. You'll be hard-pressed to find any printer for smaller offices that is overall better than HL-L8260CDW.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS

Printing

PRINTER PARAMETERS

Print speed: 31 ppm (colour and mono)

Resolution: 2400 x 600 dpi & 600 x 600 dpi

TRAY CAPACITY

Standard paper tray: 250 sheets

Multipurpose tray: 50 sheets

MAXIMUM / RECOMMENDED PAGE VOLUME

Up to 3000 pages

CARTRIDGE YIELD

3000-page black toner and 1800-page colour toners

INTERFACE

Ethernet, Wi-fi (adapter MarkNet N8352 needed), Hi-Speed USB 2.0 & USB Host for an external card reader

HARDWARE

256 Mb memory, 800MHz – Sub:133MHz processor, 2-line 16-character LCD screen

WARRANTY

3 years 

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw

Speed is of the Essence

The HP M281fdw is a good product for a lot of different reasons. First, it isn't particularly expensive. Now, it isn't cheap either, but given everything that it has going for it, we can easily get behind the model's price tag.

As the title suggests, what we have here is a so-called MFP (multifunction peripheral). It is capable of printing, copying, scanning, and faxing documents. For those who are familiar with the HP printers, there isn't a whole lot here that you wouldn't see coming.

Its print speed of 21 pages per minute is pretty average but the 12 ppm double-sided printing is pretty remarkable, especially as far as the model's price range goes. It is also one of the fastest printers in its class when it comes to the FPOT (first page out time), so it should be able to save you quite some time in the long run.

Of course, all of these specifications aren't that impressive on their own. But it isn't just the specs that make this product one of the better colour laser printers in its class. Honestly, we'd say that it is an array of solid features that get this job done.

As we've said earlier, the device is capable of faxing documents. But that's a bit of a broad idea. More precisely, aside from the simple ability to fax documents, the model incorporates fax forwarding, junk fax barrier, auto reduction, automatic redialing, Distinctive Ring Detection (DRD), as well as poll receive. Some of these features are nothing to write home about but the whole lineup is pretty impressive.

Review of HP LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw Wireless Multifunction Printer with Fax

Navigate With Ease

Other features include automatic two-sided printing, a pretty standard function that helps save time when you print a whole bunch of documents. Combine that with a 50-page automatic document feeder and you should be able to breeze through most of your printing or copying tasks.

Just like the majority of similar multifunction printers, the model will allow you to scan digital files and documents directly to email and network folders. You'll also be able to turn those digital documents into hard copies directly from your USB drive.

This is an HP printer, so their very own anti-fraud technology isn't absent either. It will help you safeguard data, devices, and documents, so you won't have to worry about security. Finally, the 6.85-cm TFT colour touchscreen is an absolute pleasure to work with. The menu is straightforward and intuitive, the controls are easy to figure out, and all of the functions are easily accessible.

Long story short, the HP M281fdw has a lot to offer. Some things, like the 250-sheet capacity paper tray and the printing speed, may seem fairly average. But the device isn't about them. It is about a multitude of great features that improve performance, streamline your interactions with this colour laser printer, and make any printing job a whole lot easier.

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw Wireless Multifunction Printer with Fax in the use

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Brother DCP-L3510CDW

1000 Pages from the Box

The Brother DCP-L3510CDW is a pretty good printer. We can't say that there's anything particularly outstanding about the product but the device is as reliable as they come and we've no major complaints functionality-wise.

First things first, the model offers fast printing, copying, scanning, and faxing functions crammed into this compact desktop unit. The unit measures 41 x 47.5 x 36.8 centimetres, which is impressive considering that these multifunction peripherals are usually much larger. On the flip side, the printer weighs 21 kilograms, so we wouldn't necessarily call the unit lightweight.

It is as efficient as they come though. The in-box toner will give you 1000 pages straight from the box, making the machine relatively economical and ready to use straight away. You can use the automatic 2-sided print to make the machine even more efficient.

At the same time, the quick print options from the phone, tablet, and pretty much any gadget with Wi-Fi, makes this unit an excellent tool to help businesses run as smoothly as possible.

The printer's 18-ppm speed is nothing to write home about but nothing to complain about either. You'll be able to streamline the progress and will never have to wait especially long for the documents.

Review of Brother DCP-L3510CDW Colour Laser Printer (Wireless)

Lower than 47 Decibels

On the interface subject, the printer comes equipped with the standard ports roster, including an Ethernet bus, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and the relatively high-speed USB 2.0 port. You'll be able to print documents from thumb/flash drives. The Wi-Fi module will let multiple users share the printer and print documents from anywhere. You won't even have to turn on the computer to print.

Capacity-wise, the relatively standard paper tray accommodates 250 sheets, which is not too bad all things considered. You won't have to replenish the tray particularly often, even if you work in a crowded, busy office.

Speaking about crowded, busy offices, you don't want to be adding any noise to the likely already noisy space. That's where this printer comes in. Even when printing 18 full-colour pages per minute, the unit never goes above 47 decibels, so you won't have to worry about adding to the office buzz.

Apart from all that, the 2-line 16-character LCD screen will make interactions with this printer especially easy and straightforward.

Bottom line, the Brother DCP-L3510CDW will be able to support any office's needs. Offering 2400 dpi print quality, the unit uses LED laser tech to produce high-quality professional prints. Its operation is as cost-effective as it gets.

Brother DCP-L3510CDW Colour Laser Printer (Wireless) in the use

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HP LaserJet Pro M254dw

Minimalistic Aesthetics

HP LaserJet Pro M254dw is one of the sleekest, most effective printers on the market today. Technically speaking, this isn't an MFD (multifunction device). The model doesn't copy (though it is able to scan documents). Its versatility isn't necessarily off the chars but the performance part makes up for it threefold. But we would like to go with a different starting point.

Though the model's performance is probably what sells the product first and foremost, it is the visual part that we probably like the most about it. There's just something about office peripherals with streamlined aesthetics, polished accents, and high-tech presence that you can't quite put into words.

The 6.85-cm colour graphic screen doesn't just streamline your interactions with the printer but actually add aesthetic value with its sharped yet somehow concealed look. Its interface is about as straightforward and accessible to beginners as they come. You shouldn't have any issues navigating its numerous settings and controlling the printer.

That being said, this is a modern device we're dealing with here. You don't have to do things through the screen. The model comes equipped with an efficient Wi-Fi module that supports just about every modern-day wireless standard (802.11b/g/n), so you'll just as well be able to print and scan documents via your smartphone.

Review of HP LaserJet Pro M254dw Color Laser Printer

Near Perfect Text Quality

Now onto the performance part. The model's biggest strength in this department is its text quality that, all things considered, is practically perfect. The characters it is able to produce will, more often than not, look bold, with smooth, clean borders. You'll have to bust out a powerful microscope to notice minor imperfections and light spots.

About the smallest, tiniest issue we have with the model on this front is that, sometimes, when printing italics at fonts smaller than 10 points, you might get some areas looking a little paler than others. That being said, this is about as minor of a flaw as they come, and the model's text quality is still up there with the most expensive high-end printers on the market today.

The last little detail that works in the printer's favour that we would like to highlight is its operating cost. As far as colour printing is concerned, it isn't necessarily cheap. But the model prints black and white at less than 0.03 quid a page or 11.36 quid a ream, which is ridiculously cheap considering its print quality.

All in all, HP LaserJet Pro M254dw is easily one of the best colour laser printers in its price range. Focusing on the printing quality and performance instead of chasing as much multifunctionality and versatility as possible, the people behind this model have been able to design an effective, efficient, and sleek-looking office peripheral. 

HP LaserJet Pro M254dw Color Laser Printer in the use

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Lexmark CS517de

A More Sensible Choice

With multifunction printer's rise in popularity, plenty of people have abandoned the idea of purchasing a regular printer that is incapable of copying or scanning documents altogether. And while that is an understandable idea since a multifunctional device is capable of doing so much more compared to your standard printer, regular ones still oftentimes offer certain advantages that you simply won't be able to find in an MFP.

Sure, if the ability to print, scan, and copy are equally essential to you, there isn't any reason not to purchase a multifunctional printer. But if what you mostly need is a product that prints better than any MFP out there, you should definitely look towards the Lexmark CS517de.

While some people may consider this device's inability to copy or scan to be an inherent disadvantage, the fact that it isn't overblown with additional options and features is actually one of the biggest selling points of this model that allows the remaining functions to offer unparalleled solutions.

To start with, the standard high-yield cartridge that comes with the package will provide the user with the opportunity to print up to 3000 pages using the black toner and no less than 1400 pages with the help of the colour ones. Now, that's the kind of numbers that no multifunction printer will be able to match due to all of the additional features that tend to slow these devices down.

Review of Lexmark CS517de Colour Laser Printer

Prints Better Than Any MFP

That said, the cartridge capacity is not the only upper hand this wireless colour laser printer has over MFPs. The speed of 30 pages per minute is something that only the most expensive multifunction printers will be able to match and the resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi is simply unheard of as far as all-in-one printers go.

Furthermore, the model in question boasts up to 7000 pages of recommended page volume, but if you don't feel like being overly cautious, this impressive machine will be able to print approximately 85 thousand pages per month, which is exceptional even as far as laserjet printers are concerned and is simply unprecedented in regard to MFPs.

So, with performance and specifications out of the way, it is time to talk about conveniences. Albeit, there isn't really that much to talk about if you're familiar with high-end laser printers since this model includes everything you could possibly want out of this particular piece of office equipment. You have your usual Ethernet connection, your Wi-Fi, and a high-speed 2.0 USB, meaning you will be able to print documents via any device you want.

And if you don't feel like connecting an additional external device, you can always upload the documents online or simply print them out using a rather convenient 10.9-cm TFT colour touchscreen.

Ultimately, if your job does not revolve around scanning pages and copying different documents, the Lexmark CS517de will prove to be the most sensible choice. In terms of simply printing as many documents as possible in the shortest amount of time, no MFP will be able to compete with this colour laser printer.

Lexmark CS517de Colour Laser Printer in the use

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Brother HL-L8260CDW

The Speed to Compete

The Brother HL-L8260CDW is a really interesting printer. In some ways, it is able to trample its competition. In other ways, the model comes up surprisingly short. For example, considering how otherwise impressive (from an overall technological standpoint) the device is, we find it difficult to wrap our head around its outdated 2-line 16-character LCD screen. Sure, the screen does its job, but we can say the same thing about HP's colour graphic touchscreens that, in addition to doing their job, also look sleek and clean.

That being said, the model definitely isn't about aesthetics (it looks fine but nothing more than that) but about performance, and we can't say that the printer disappoints on that front. Printing text-only documents, the model never fails to meet its rated 33-ppm speed for monochrome and colour printing.

With full-suite documents, including PDF, PowerPoint, and Excel files in addition to text-only documents, it is able to average 12.1 pages per minute, an impressive number for a mid-range printer.

Now, before we cover the output quality, let's quickly pivot back a little to the appearance part. All things considered, the model is more or less average in that regard, measuring 12.3 x 16.1 x 19.1 inches (HxWxD) with 48 pounds in weight. You'll likely need 2 people to move it into place. It isn't necessarily too large but large enough to warrant its own bench or ample tabletop space.

Review of Brother HL-L8260CDW Colour Laser Printer

Graphics Too

The output quality here is well above average. The text and graphics are excellent but the photos look decent at best. You shouldn't have any issue with the text regarding just about any business use except maybe those that require the tiniest fonts.

Generally speaking, the fonts will be very much one readable at sizes down to 4 points, sometimes down to 5 points, and very rarely down to 6 points. The model works with unusual and stylised typefaces as well as it does with standard fonts.

The graphics are, again, good enough for just about any professional scenario, including PowerPoint handouts. You can very well use the printer's graphics for basic marketing materials (we're talking one-page handouts here). It is able to render color gradients and thin lines about as well as the next printer.

With photos, however, you'll have posterisation here and there. Sometimes, you'll see abrupt shifts in tone where they (the shifts) should be gradual. All in all, it is the usual problems that mid-range printers have with photos, including slight detail loss in brighter areas and occasional dithering (graininess) here and there.

Summing it all up, Brother HL-L8260CDW stacks up very well against its competition. The model has low colour costs. The text quality here is off the charts. The print speed is as good as advertised. You'll be hard-pressed to find any printer for smaller offices that is overall better than HL-L8260CDW.

Brother HL-L8260CDW Colour Laser Printer in the use

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Comparison of Colour Laser Printers

What Is a Colour Laser Printer?

A colour laser printer is just what the name says: it's a printer that prints in colour. Unlike a regular printer, this one uses four colour toners of cyan, magenta, yellow and black that it applies one at a time to the drum and then adheres to the paper. Colour laser printers are immensely popular and often bought for both home and office use. They deliver fast speed, ensure excellent quality of the text, and allow hassle-free paper handling, making them one of the better choices for those who often work with bulk text output. Also, they are rather cost-effective: most of them use high-capacity toners which do not tend to dry out throughout the entire use, which helps in keeping printing costs quite low. Finally, most modern models boast of a whisper-quiet operation so you can safely use them in any environment without worrying about additional buzz.

Those who'd like to equip their office with everything needed for comfortable work may also be interested in reading our reviews of wireless printers, fax machines, flatbed scanners, document scanners, and shredders.

Best Color Laser Printers

What Features to Compare

Functionality

Before purchasing a colour laser printer, first things first, decide on the tasks you want it to perform. In general, all models of colour laser printers can roughly be divided into two classes: simpler printers usually designed for home use and more expensive units best suited for office printing tasks. Therefore, in order to choose a printer that will be right for you, think of how often you're going to use the colour function and how many functions overall you're likely to need. This is what will affect the price tag.

Print Settings

Next, consider the print speed and resolution. The print speed is measured in the number of printed pages per minute (ppm). It may differ depending on whether black or colour ink is used; also the content of printed page matters. The optimal value for print speed is 14-19 ppm. The resolution is measured in the number of printed dots per inch (dpi), and the higher this value is, the higher the print quality is. It's worth saying that colour laser printers aren't suited for printing photos and if that's the intention why you need a printer, consider different models with the maximum resolution. Colour printers can print graphics though pretty well.

Capacity and Maintenance

The capacity determines the maximum number of pages that fit the input and output tray. The larger they are, the less often you will need to fill in and collect paper sheets. It’s also important to consider how often you are going to use the printer. As a rule, all laser colour printers have the maximum and recommended number of printed pages per month. To ensure a smooth and efficient operation, it’s necessary not to go beyond these limits. All printers, including these ones, require regular maintenance such as cartridge changing, ink refilling, etc. All this should be done on time.

Interface and Hardware

Laser printers are connected to a computer via a USB port. But if you plan to print out from multiple computers, then you should pay attention to the models with an Ethernet port, enabling connection to a local network. To print out from a tablet or a smartphone, make sure your printer supports Wi-Fi technology. It’s also important to pay attention to the processor's speed which indicates the number of commands per second. 333 MHz and higher speeds are considered to be reasonable. RAM memory is responsible for storing print jobs. If you plan to print out PDF documents or PowerPoint presentations, we recommend paying attention to the printers with 64Mb RAM or above. For your convenience, you may want to look for a printer with an LCD display to see clearly all settings and printing modes right on there.

Did you know?

  • Though most people would probably figure that laser printers haven't been around for quite that long, the very first commercial laser printer was actually developed and manufactured in 1975 by IBM. The model was initially used for printing mailing labels and invoices. As it usually is with the early iterations of technologies that only become popular as time goes by, the first laser printer intended for office use was sold for a whopping twelve thousand pounds. Now, the first printer that was designed with the mass market in mind was the HP LaserJet. The product in question was capable of printing an impressive at the time 8 pages a minute and was worth about 2500 pounds. 
  • Experts estimate that it requires around 3 to 4 litres of oil in order to produce a single toner cartridge. This phenomenon, in turn, creates a market with companies reproducing toner cartridges, using a recycled product that has been cleaned, refilled, and tested in order to maintain the kind of quality of printing that laser printers are known for.
  • An interesting observation has been made that throughout the printing process itself, laser printers would generally consume up to three times more energy than a regular inkjet printer. However, an idle inkjet printer will likely use up to 5 times more energy than a laser printer.
  • On top of everything else, laser printers generally tend to be more accurate compared to the inkjet printers. A colour laser printer is capable of printing realistic-looking photos at 2400 dpi. Other than that, laser printers are also designed with longevity in mind, with some of the oldest laser printers out there still being used on a regular basis.
  • The World Record for the fastest inkjet printer belongs to the HP Officejet Pro X Series. The device managed to print 70 pages of perfectly clear and crisp documents in no more than 60 seconds. This achievement was documented and, in turn, recognised by Guinness World Records.
  • The initial cost of a laser printer is normally higher than that of a regular inkjet printer, but the cost of toner cartridges and paper is lower. The companies that design and produce inkjet printers receive the majority of their profits from the sales of inkjet ink, meaning they can afford to sell their product for pennies.
  • The majority of colour laser printer manufacturers will include a tiny series of dots to every single page with the printer’s model, serial number, and date. From time to time, the customer’s info will be placed within this coding. Given that the quality of laser printers keeps increasing, the dots were originally intended to serve as a viable counterfeiting measure. Nevertheless, plenty of people believe that this approach is nothing short of an invasion of privacy and the manufacturers have no right to interfere with customer's documents.

FAQ:

Q: What is the difference between an ordinary printer and MFP?

A: A printer is a device that takes text or graphic data from a computer and transfers it to standard-size sheets of paper. A multifunction printer (also known as MFP or MFD) is a multi-functional all-in-one machine that incorporates the functionality of at least two of the following devices: a printer, a photocopier, a scanner and a fax.

Q: Do I need a colour or black-and-white printer?

A: It typically depends on your needs and printing tasks. If your only task is to print texts and documents in black, a black-only printer is an appropriate choice for you. However, if you’re planning to print photographs, you definitely need a colour laser or inkjet printer.

Q: Do I need a wireless printer?

A: It depends on the tasks and the level of comfort you want to obtain. A wireless colour printer generally enables you to print documents and photographs from your PC, laptop or smartphone without connecting them to a printer with a cable. Therefore, you can get an opportunity to print out your docs remotely.

Q: Which type of printers is better: inkjet or laserjet?

A: To answer this question you need to decide on the quality and the printing speed you require and how much money you can spend on buying a printer. Inkjet printers typically offer low startup costs, a compact size, and good quality colour printing. Laser printers are usually more expensive but they also operate faster and print notably sharper pictures of higher resolution. They will become a better option for consumers who have large-scale and high-volume printing tasks.

Q: What is Duplexing?

A: Duplexing is the function which allows printing on both sides of the sheets without having to refeed the paper a second time. This function can significantly save user's time and paper required for printing tasks.

Q: What is dpi?

A: Dots per inch. The resolution of printing or scanning.

Q: How to connect my printer to a network?

A: Printers with the built-in network capability usually feature an Ethernet port, or come with a built-in Wi-Fi module. In order to connect such printers to your network you need:

• To update the device’s settings as required;
• For printers equipped with a built-in Ethernet port, connect the printer to a network router using an Ethernet cable;
• For Wi-Fi capable printers, associate the printer with a wireless router or another wireless access point.

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Publish Date: 2018-01-23 11:12:54