Thanks to falling prices, you don’t have to be black and white when it comes to small business printers. Color laser printers are more affordable than ever, and HardwareCentral.com‘s guide has everything you need to know to make a smart buy.
If you’ve decided to buy a color laser printer, you’ve probably already weighed the benefits of one versus its inkjet or solid-ink counterparts. Inkjets and solid-ink printers, generally, have brighter colors and better resolution, but they’re comparatively slow.
For speed, lasers can’t be beat, and for most business purposes — reports, flyers, and PowerPoint slides rather than glossy photos — their quality is more than adequate. Moreover, they allow you to produce high volumes of color documents at lower cost than inkjet printers.
When considering buying a color laser, it’s useful to be familiar with some broad categories before digging in to the nitty-gritty.
If speed’s your thing, there are high-speed color laser printers. As the category title suggests, machines like the HP Color LaserJet CP4525n and Xerox Phaser 6360dn are built to burn toner, pumping out anywhere from 30 to more than 40 pages per minute (ppm) in color or black and white. Prices in this category range widely, from under $1,000 to almost $3,000.
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