You should ask yourself the following questions when choosing a laser printer:
Monochrome or Color
The first question you should ask before purchasing a laser printer is whether you are going to use it to print color or monochrome images. For the students out there – who will only need the machine for their thesis and assignments – a monochrome printer is the best choice. For office workers out there, a color laser printer seems the best bet.
Simple or All-in-One
Some laser printers only stick to their name; which means all they do is print. Others, however, scan, fax and copy in addition to printing. It goes without saying that the latter option costs more, as it is more useful in the long run.
Also known as grams per square meter, a printer’s gsm tells you the amount of paperweight it could handle. For instance, while some printers could only handle A3 or A4 papers, the slightly expensive ones could print credit cards or envelopes.
Simplex or Duplex Printing
If you want to save cost in the long run – but can afford to pay more up front – make sure you get a duplex printer; one which gives the option of double-sided printing. Conversely, for students, a simplex printer will easily do the job.
The capacity of the tray of your printer would be determined automatically by its type. Personal laser printers hold the least number of pages – less than 100 – with production laser printers holding the most – more than 300. That said, tray capacity is not absolute, as some printers also give you the option to attach an extra tray to increase their capacity.
Measured in dpi (dots per inch), printing quality of a printer is crucial if you intend to use it for printing out images, in which case you might want it to offer 2,400 dpi resolution. Conversely, if all you are going is to print out monochrome texts, even 300 dpi would be enough.
How you’re going to connect the device – from which you’d send the printing command – to your printer is determined by the printer’s connectivity options. All printers offer the age-old cable option; where you connect a USB cable to your laptop.
There are some which have Ethernet ports for the same purpose. Then there are others which offer wireless technology for the same. Finally, we have printers in this review which are compatible with Cloud services like Dropbox.