Best Cheap Laser Printers

Our guide to the best cheap laser printers includes top-rated color laser printers and all-in-one laser printers under $200.

What We Considered

To find the best laser printers under $200, we examined reviews by experts at reputable tech sites such as PCMag and Computer Shopper, as well as general review sites such as Wirecutter, Consumer Reports, and TopTenReviews, all of which do their own product testing. We also looked at consumer reviews on leading retail sites such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Staples.  

We Looked At

Print speed, measured in pages per minute (ppm), is the great strength of laser printers. Even budget models enjoy a well-earned reputation for printing large amounts of text quickly and for spitting out images at a swift, albeit slower, clip. Still, some of the models we researched are significantly speedier than others. If you print only a handful of pages a day, you won't notice whether the rate lags the best of the bunch by a page or two a minute. But if you frequently print lots of jobs or long documents, you need a fast laser printer.

Manufacturer specifications for print speed are usually based on draft-quality text printing on standard, letter-size paper. Documents heavy on graphics or photos take longer. The samples used in tests by independent experts often include text, graphics, and images, so the results tend to be slower than the official specs. Different reviewers use different testing methods, so numbers for any given model vary from one source to another. Among the printers we researched, the maximum speeds provided by the manufacturers range from 18 to 42 ppm.

In the past, entry-level laser printers included only a USB port for connecting to a computer with a cord, but that's changed. All our picks support wireless connections and networking capability. Even if only one person will be using the printer, a model with only a USB 2.0 connection is limiting -- it doesn't allow printing when you're sitting in another room. If the printer will be shared and/or you want remote access, choose one with Wi-Fi connectivity. A printer with an Ethernet connection is a good choice for a home or small office network. Some budget printers also support Wi-Fi Direct, which lets you connect to the printer wirelessly without going through a router. A few models support NFC (near-field communication), for connecting a mobile device to the printer with a simple tap.

Most manufacturers offer proprietary apps for printing and scanning with mobile devices. A handful of popular cloud printing services also have widespread support among budget laser printers. The two most popular are Google Cloud Print and Apple's AirPrint. There's also Mopria for Android devices.

If you print several thousand or even several hundred pages per month, a printer's running cost becomes important. The cost per page is determined largely by the cost of toner. Although wear on the drum also factors in, for simplicity's sake, we based our comparison on the manufacturer's price and stated yield for a standard black toner cartridge.

For black-and-white printing, a typical cost per page for a budget laser printer is about 3 to 4 cents per page. Color pages are much more expensive, usually well over 10 cents and often more than 15 cents per page. Consumers can bring these numbers down by shopping around for toner and opting for high-yield cartridges, which typically hold more than twice as much ink and cost less in the long run.

Related: 10 Ways to Cut the Cost of Printer Ink

Our Top Pick

Brother HL-L5200DW
Our Picks
Brother HL-L5200DW

Brother's HL-L5200DW is our top overall pick among budget laser printers. Although it's not an all-in-one model and doesn't print in color, it epitomizes the appeal of a laser printer: It's blazing-fast, inexpensive to operate, and turns out terrific-looking text. Buyers heap compliments on this model and have few complaints in reviews.

  • Very fast printing (up to 42 ppm).

  • Low cost per page (2.7 cents).

  • High-quality text printing in expert testing.

  • Several connection options, including Wi-Fi Direct.

  • Large 250-sheet input tray and 150-sheet output tray, plus 50-sheet multipurpose tray.

  • Automatic two-sided printing.

  • PCMag Editors' Choice.

  • Can't scan, copy, or fax.

  • No color printing.

  • Below-average graphics quality in testing.

  • LCD menu can be a little tricky to use and displays only one line.

This monochrome multifunction printer from Dell includes plenty of features and delivers good performance, and it's relatively inexpensive up front. The most common complaint reviewers have is that the scanner lacks automatic duplexing, but that feature is uncommon at this price.

  • 35-sheet automatic document feeder for scanning and copying multiple pages.

  • Automatic two-sided printing.

  • Several connection options, including Wi-Fi Direct.

  • Relatively small and lightweight for a multifunction printer.

  • Prints good-quality text quickly, according to multiple expert tests.

  • Large 250-sheet input tray.

  • No color printing.

  • Cost per page is on the high side (3.8 cents).

The Xpress C430W from Samsung is one of the cheapest color laser printers you'll come across. It's not a multifunction model, but if you need to print full-color jobs as well as sharp-looking text documents, this model delivers.

  • Low price for a color laser printer.

  • Good quality black-and-white and color printing, according to consumer reviews.

  • Easy to set up and connect to a wireless network.

  • Connects to tablets and smartphones via NFC.

  • Can't scan, copy, or fax.

  • No automatic two-sided printing.

  • No menu screen on the printer.

  • Included instructions are not very clear, some users say.

  • Pricey toner cartridges and high cost per page (4 cents).

  • Wireless connection is unstable, users report.

  • Color printing can be slow.

The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M130fw multifunction printer has more features than most budget competitors, including a large LCD touchscreen and a 35-sheet ADF. It goes through toner fairly quickly, which bumps up the cost per page, but buyers like this printer quite a bit.

  • Compact, lightweight all-in-one design.

  • 2.7-inch color LCD touchscreen.

  • 35-sheet automatic document feeder for scanning and copying multiple pages.

  • Several connection options including Wi-Fi Direct.

  • Sharp text output in PCMag testing.

  • Below-average graphics and image quality.

  • No color printing.

  • No automatic two-sided printing.

  • Cost per page is rather high (3.9 cents).

The Dell E525w is surprisingly inexpensive for an all-in-one color laser printer. If you want the benefits of a multifunction laser printer with the color printing capability of an inkjet printer, this is a good choice.

  • Low price for an all-in-one color laser printer.

  • Impressive graphics and photo quality in expert testing.

  • 15-sheet automatic document feeder for scanning and copying multiple pages.

  • No automatic two-sided printing.

  • Lower paper capacity than some competing models.

  • Lackluster text quality for a laser printer, according to PCMag, though still better than most inkjets.

  • Slow printing compared with other models in Computer Shopper testing.

  • Very high cost per page for color printing (17.4 cents by Computer Shopper's calculation).

Brother HL-L2340DW

Consumers appreciate the low price, small footprint, and fast high-volume printing of this Brother laser printer for home and business use. Shopping around for toner and opting for a high-yield cartridge can bring down the cost per page to as little as 2 cents.

  • Automatic two-sided printing.

  • Large 250-sheet input tray.

  • Pretty good print speeds (up to 27 ppm).

  • Supports Wi-Fi Direct.

  • Toner Save mode.

  • Small and lightweight.

  • Wirecutter's pick for best laser printer.

  • No. 1 best seller on Amazon with an average of 4 stars and nearly 4,000 reviews.

  • No color printing.

  • Below average graphics quality, experts say.

  • Print quality on default setting isn't quite as sharp as competitors.

  • No Ethernet connection.

  • Some buyers complain of trouble setting up wireless printing.

The Canon ImageClass LBP151dw is about as cheap as laser printers get, but reviewers are divided on its performance, and its shortcomings may be enough to turn away even frugal consumers. The lack of support for AirPrint is vexing for Mac and iPhone users.

  • Very low price for a laser printer.

  • High-quality output in CNET testing.

  • Fairly small and lightweight (19 pounds).

  • Can't scan, copy, or fax.

  • No color printing.

  • Doesn't support Apple's AirPrint but can print from an iPad via a Canon app.

  • Small pieces of some letters were cut off in TopTenReviews testing.

The HP LaserJet Pro M102w is a decent printer at a decent price, but its features, speed, and print quality don't stand up to the competition. Other models that cost about the same have an all-in-one design, Ethernet connectivity, and automatic duplexing.

  • Good text output, according to PCMag.

  • Smaller and lighter than most laser printers (10 pounds).

  • Supports Wi-Fi Direct.

  • Can't scan, copy, or fax.

  • No color printing.

  • Subpar graphics and image quality in tests by multiple review sites.

  • Slow print speeds in expert testing.

  • No Ethernet connection.

  • Doesn't automatically print on both sides of the paper.

  • High cost per page (3.9 cents).

Other Products We Reviewed

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Brother HL-5450DN Review

Brother HL-5450DN (starting at $148, Amazon) reviews agree that this monochrome laser printer meets and exceeds expectations for the budget category. An expert at PC Mag thinks highly enough of the HL-5450DN to name it an Editor's Choice for its attractive features (e.g., larger-than-average sheet capacity, auto duplexing), high quality graphics output, and low operating costs. Although tests for this review found print speed to be a touch lower than expected (10.8ppm for a set of business applications), the report concludes this is quite fast given the entry-level price point. CNET is big on the printer's support of cloud-based printing through Google and Apple AirPrint but holds a different view of the printout. The expert review commends what it considers very sharp, dark text and speedy printout (21.13ppm for black text) while criticizing the checkered patterns that occasionally pop up in printed graphics. Users are quite satisfied, according to Brother HL-5450DN reviews at B&H and Newegg, where posts say this single-function laser printer delivers excellent print quality, and with haste. They particularly like the automatic duplexing function and easy setup for networking.

Manufacturer specifications for the Brother HL-5450DN note a maximum print speed of 40 pages per minute and resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dots per inch. The printer boasts a 250-sheet paper tray plus an additional multipurpose tray that can hold 50 sheets, and a 150-sheet output tray; the black-ink toner cartridge is rated to last 8,000 pages. There is an Ethernet port for wired networking or a USB 2.0 connection for a single computer. And, as noted above, the right app on a mobile device lets you print remotely from the cloud. Under the hood is a 400MHz processor and 64MB of memory. The HL-5450DN supports a variety of paper types, including bond, envelopes, labels, letter and legal-sized paper, A4, A5, and B5, and it can print on both sides automatically. This model is compatible with Windows (including Windows 8), Mac OS X, and Linux. It measures 14.6 x 15.1 x 9.6 inches.

Most low-cost laser printers are short on features, but the Brother HL-5450DN includes a lot of nice touches, such as support for cloud printing, auto duplexing, and generous memory. The lack of support for wireless printing is a disappointment, but the Ethernet interface offers partial compensation. In short, the Brother HL-5450DN is a value buy.

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Dell B1160w Review

Despite some nits that get picked in Dell B1160w (starting at $67, Amazon) reviews, this black-and-white laser printer is a darn good choice for budget shoppers. In fact, it would be hard to find any better model for such a low price. CNET says in its review that the printer is a cinch to set up and the Wi-Fi connection for wireless and networked printing is a welcome feature, but it grouses about the absence of an Ethernet port and the limited feature set. On the other hand, the B1160w is good where it counts. Testing by CNET found that text prints out sharp and dark and at a speed of 17 pages per minute although graphics and photo print results are nothing special. A review by PC Mag takes the opposite tack, saying photo and graphics printout is above par for black-and-white laser printers while text quality falls short. This expert also laments the B1160w's relatively low paper capacity and lack of support for duplexing and wired networking. Users, meanwhile, are largely thrilled with the printer. Dell B1160w reviews at Dell's site comment on the speed, wireless capability, easy setup, quality output, and value price. One trucker reports relying on the printer for emails and work documents while he's on the road and an attorney says he carries it with him to meetings. A few users complain about the frequent need to replace toner cartridges and their cost.

With a footprint of 13 x 8.5 x 7 inches and weight of 8.8 pounds, the B1160w fits almost anywhere. Its maximum resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi and the manufacturer-rated print speed is 21ppm. It features 32MB of RAM, a 300MHz CPU, an input tray for 150 sheets and an output tray that holds 100. The B1160w connects to a wireless network or to a single computer through a USB 2.0 connection and responds to commands from Android mobile devices. The B1160w is compatible with Windows (including Windows 8), Linux, and OS X 10.4 to 10.7. It accepts a wide variety of media, including transparencies, envelopes, labels, archive paper, cardstock, cotton, legal, letter, and A4/A5-sized paper.

The Dell B1160w is a good choice for budget-minded home users. It doesn't have all the features one might need in a small office printer, but its wireless networking support, fast print speeds, and solid text printout are laudable and practical strengths.

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Canon ImageClass MF3010 Review

A cheap multifunction laser printer for one user is what you get with the Canon ImageClass MF3010 (starting at $89, Amazon), according to reviews. The lack of networking features is a drawback, an expert review by CNET asserts, but the ease of use, fast print speeds (clocked by CNET at 17ppm for text), and crisp and clear text printout (even with small fonts) are definite strong points. Tests conducted by PC Mag for a review involving a battery of business applications measured output at 10.3ppm, which the expert says exceeds that of most multifunction laser printers. On the down side, the review continues, text and graphics quality is merely average and the relatively high per page cost of 4.1 cents might be a turn-off to users with heavy print needs. Nonetheless, users hold this printer in high regard. Canon ImageClass MF3010 reviews at Walmart and Amazon cite attributes such as quality scans and prints, rapid printout (three times as fast as an inkjet, says one post), small size, and budget price.

The ImageClass MF3010 is a multifunction device that prints, copies, and scans but doesn't fax. It offers a maximum print speed of 19ppm and features a 600 x 600 dpi maximum resolution (up to 9600 dpi, interpolated, for color scans) and 64MB of memory. The MF3010 connects via USB 2.0 only -- no wireless or Ethernet support, so no networking possibilities. The input tray accommodates 150 sheets of many types of paper (e.g., plain, heavy, bond, envelopes, labels) and the output tray holds up to 100 sheets. The MF3010 measures 14.7 x 10.9 x 10 inches, and weighs 16.8 pounds without the toner cartridge. It supports Windows (including Windows 8) and Mac OS X 10.4.9 and up.

If you need a multifunction laser printer with network capabilities at home or in the office, you'll need to look elsewhere. But for single user purposes, this inexpensive multifunction printer is a solid choice.

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Samsung CLP-415NW Review

Samsung CLP-415NW (starting at $216, Amazon) reviews are quite enthusiastic about this low-cost color laser printer. After testing by PC Mag that entailed a variety of business applications, the experts awarded it an Editor's Choice label for speedy and sharp-looking output -- a double victory for any laser printer -- and an array of convenient features. The experts rated print speed at six pages a minute, noting this is very respectable for a machine that produces color and black-and-white. The review is especially effusive about the quality of graphics and photo images, and says the latter could almost pass for actual photographs. As for text printout, it's very good but not quite up to "best" desktop publishing standards, PC Mag concludes. Users also applaud the quality of color and photo copies, which one review at Amazon describes as "fantastic," especially compared with inkjets. Assessments posted at Newegg are more restrained, with concerns expressed about the rapid disappearance of toner (despite the "eco" option). Some users also report that setting up the wireless connection can be a challenge.

The Samsung CLP-415NW prints at a maximum speed of 19ppm in black and/or color and boasts a maximum resolution of 9600 x 600 dpi. Its 256MB of memory and 533MHz dual CPU means the queue can hold large jobs from multiple users. There is no automatic two-sided copying but the CLP-415NW does support manual duplexing. It has a 250-sheet input tray and a 100-sheet output tray, accepts media from 3x5 inches to 8.5x14 inches, and supports media types such as bond paper, labels, transparencies, cardstock, envelopes, and glossy paper. Connectivity options include USB 2.0, wireless 802.11b/g/n, and wired Ethernet; the Samsung CLP-415NW also prints from mobile devices (with the appropriate app). The CLP-415NW is comparatively hefty -- a full 36.6 pounds with a 16.5 x 16.8 x 10.4-inch footprint and is compatible with versions of Windows up to Windows 7, some Linux, and Mac OS X 10.3-10.7.

The CLP-415NW from Samsung shows that you can get a relatively cheap color laser printer that churns out high-quality materials at a fast pace. It may not be suitable for a busy small office due to its relatively small paper tray, but is an excellent option for home users and small offices that need high-quality color laser prints, network support, and substantial memory. Even with a price tag that exceeds the Cheapism ceiling, this looks like a deal.

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Canon ImageClass LBP6000 Review

Near the bottom of the laser printer price ladder, the Canon ImageClass LBP6000 (starting at $77, Amazon) earns affirming reviews -- especially from consumers. This is a small and fast laser printer designed for one-person use, and for the most part, performance is more than adequate. A review at Top Ten Reviews commends the fast printing, user friendliness, and small size, but pans the measly 2MB of installed memory. The expert at PC Mag notes that the ImageClass LBP6000 is short on features, which isn't surprising given the very low price, and says text quality is high (good enough for most business documents), and photo prints hold their own on downloads from the web or personal files. Graphics printout is a struggle, however, the Canon ImageClass LBP6000 review continues, showing some "dithering" in images and dot patterns in solid sections. These experts tested speed using a variety of business applications and recorded a very respectable 10.6ppm. Users find a lot to like about this monochrome laser printer. Comments posted at Amazon reveal their appreciation for its print quality and speed, quiet operation, small footprint, and simple setup.

The Canon ImageClass LBP6000 features resolution of 600 x 600 dpi and print speed for black text up to 19ppm. It comes with a 150-sheet input tray and 100-sheet output tray and handles several types of paper and media, including transparencies, labels, envelopes, and heavy and plain paper. With just 2MB of memory and a lone USB 2.0 port (no Ethernet port or support for wireless networks), this model is clearly designed to accommodate the needs of a single user at home. It's compatible with Windows (up to Windows 7), Linux, and Mac OS X 10.4.9 (and higher) operating systems. It measures 9.9 x 14.2 x 7.8 inches and weighs 11.1 pounds without the cartridge.

If you're looking for a simple, entry-level laser printer that doesn't have any networking responsibilities, the ImageClass LBP6000 may be the best deal you'll find. It's small and fast and prints text well.

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Dell B1260dn Review

Dell B1260dn (starting at $150, Amazon) reviews are good for this monochrome laser printer. It's priced near the mid range for entry-level models and while light on features, it comes with several that impress reviewers. At Computer Shopper, for example, the review commends the compact size, the auto duplexing, and the "eco" mode, and adds that business graphics and documents print out quickly and look very sharp. The expert at PC Mag also praises the graphics and text quality but says photo prints sit lower on the quality scale. This Dell B1260dn review clocked print speed at a decent 8.3ppm in its business applications test. One user who posted comments at Dell's site reports that printing is clean and quick and another says the machine is fine for home office use. Several reviewers caution, however, that replacement cartridges are pricey.

The Dell B1260dn is fairly small, measuring 13.7 x 13.3 x 7.8 inches and weighing just shy of 16 pounds (with toner cartridge; slightly over 14 pounds without). It comes with a larger than average 250-sheet input tray and 150-sheet output tray, auto duplexing, support for mobile device printing, and an eco mode that saves on electricity and toner. The maximum print speed for black text is 29ppm and maximum resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi. A single user can connect to the B1260dn through its USB 2.0 port and the Ethernet interface supports networking. The printer sports 64MB of memory and is compatible with Windows (including Windows 8), Linux, and Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. It can handle several paper and media types, including cardstock, transparencies, cotton, archive, labels, envelopes, and thick paper.

The Dell B1260dn is a good deal for users who value the relatively large paper capacity and support for mobile printing. It's a bit on the slow side compared to some other laser printers we researched, but text and graphics print quality is excellent and the price screams for buyers' attention.

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Samsung SCX-FW3405FW Review

If you need a compact multifunction laser printer, Samsung SCX-FW3405FW (starting at $162, Amazon) reviews suggest this may be the model for you. Expert and consumer reviewers like the small size and, for the most part, the performance. PC Mag writes in its review that text and graphics print quality is well above average for monochrome machines although photos are well below par. As for speed, the site's business suite applications test produced a rate of 7.7ppm, which the experts deem acceptable, albeit a tad slow. Users find the printer to be sufficiently fast and at Staples, their Samsung SCX-3405FW reviews commend the print quality and features such as wireless connectivity. Posts at Amazon generally say the printer is easy to set up (even for the technically challenged), faxes are easy to send, the copy function produces very clear printouts, and the price is right. On the other hand, some Samsung SCX-3405FW reviews gripe about a complicated setup and unreliable wireless, especially with Macs, and a small cartridge that runs out of toner quickly. The PC Mag expert notes the absence of an auto-duplex feature but welcomes the presence of a 40-sheet auto-document feeder.

The SCX-3405FW is a multifunction device that prints, scans, copies, and faxes. Its top print/copy speed is 21ppm and maximum resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi (600 x 600 dpi for optical and 4,800 x 4,800 enhanced when scanning). The SCX-3405FW comes with a 150-sheet input tray and a 100-sheet output tray, and like most laser printers it accepts different paper sizes and types, including paper from 3 x 5 inches to 8.5 x 14 inches, envelopes, labels, card stock, archive, and cotton media. The printer runs on a 433MHz CPU and boasts 128MB of memory. Connectivity is possible with a USB 2.0 connection, an Ethernet cable, or through Wi-Fi. The SCX-3405FW is compatible with Windows (not Windows 8), Linux, and Mac 10.4 and newer operating systems. By multifunction printer standards, the SCX-3405FW is pretty small, measuring 15.8 x 11.5 x 11.7 inches and weighing 17.6 pounds.

The SCX-3405FW offers several appealing features and reasonable performance for the price. It's a step slower than the multifunction competition, but for home use and laid-back offices, this shouldn't be much of an issue.

The Canon ImageClass MF634Cdw is a pricier option, but if you need a multifunction color printer that can do it all, and do it well, this model is worth the extra cash. This is a good choice for office users who want to print presentation materials for clients or customers.

  • 50-sheet automatic document feeder for scanning and copying multiple pages.

  • Automatic two-sided printing, scanning, and copying.

  • Several connection options, including Wi-Fi Direct.

  • Razor-sharp text output, excellent graphics quality, and vibrant colors in expert testing.

  • PCMag Editors' Choice.

  • High cost per page for color printing (16.4 cents by PCMag's calculation).

  • Very heavy.

The starting price is just outside our $200 limit, but the monochrome Canon ImageClass MF249dw is a favorite among expert reviewers. The extra money buys features such as a 50-sheet document feeder that supports duplexing, so it can automatically scan and copy both sides of each page.

  • 50-sheet automatic document feeder for scanning and copying multiple pages.

  • Automatic two-sided printing, scanning, and copying.

  • Fast for the price (up to 28 ppm).

  • High-quality printing, scanning, and copying in expert testing.

  • Large 250-sheet input tray.

  • Several connection options, including Wi-Fi Direct.

  • Computer Shopper and PCMag Editors' Choice.

  • No color printing.

  • Occasionally small parts of letters appeared cut off and grayscale images looked mottled in TopTenReviews testing.

Buying Guide

Choosing a Laser Printer

Already omnipresent in large offices, laser printers are popping up in homes, home offices, and small businesses thanks to low prices, compact designs, and a reputation for printing sharp, dark text faster than inkjet printers. The sub-$200 range is bursting with options, including color laser printers and all-in-one models. We examined product specifications and reviews by experts and consumers to identify the best cheap laser printers.

Laser Printer Brands.

A handful of manufacturers dominate the low end of the market. They range from consumer electronics brands to computer makers to companies that specialize in imaging products. Brother, Canon, Dell, and HP are among the most common brand names.

Mono vs. Color Laser Printers.

Monochrome printers are more readily available than color printers on a $200 budget. Our Cheapism pick for best monochrome laser printer is the Brother HL-L5200DW (starting at $199). The Brother HL-L2340DW (starting at $109) is another good cheap option favored by experts and consumers. Both are fantastic for printing text quickly at a relatively low cost per page, but the quality of black-and-white images and charts often leaves reviewers unimpressed.

Consumers who frequently work with graphics likely will want a color laser printer like the Samsung Xpress C430W (starting at $178), which produces high-quality color documents as well as sharp black-and-white output. But note that the cost per page for color printing is high -- often more than 15 cents.

All-in-One Laser Printers.

Home-office and small-business users may prefer a multifunction printer, or MFP, to a print-only model. These all-in-one machines can copy, scan, and fax as well as print. Not surprisingly, all-in-one laser printers are typically more expensive than single-function printers with similar features.

Our top pick among all-in-one laser printers is the Dell E515dw (starting at $120), a monochrome model that's surprisingly cheap for the features it has. We also think highly of the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M130fw (starting at $179). There are few color MFPs in this price range, and the Dell E525w (starting at $180) is arguably the best among them.

A couple of Canon all-in-ones lie outside our Cheapism price range but may be worth spending a bit more. The Canon ImageClass MF249dw (starting at $204), a monochrome model, has been named an Editors' Choice on multiple tech sites. The Canon ImageClass MF634Cdw (starting at $340) is a color all-in-one laser printer that produces razor-sharp text and vibrant colors in graphics. Both of these machines can scan or copy up to 50 pages at a time and scan both sides of a page automatically, features you don't see on cheap laser printers.

Expensive vs. Cheap Laser Printers.

Part of the reason manufacturers can sell cheap laser printers is they make up the difference by charging high prices for toner. Expert reviewers complain about costs of 3.5 to 4 cents per page, which are considered high among laser printers generally but typical for budget models. Consumers who regularly print large documents may save money in the long run by investing in a more expensive laser printer with a cheaper cost per page -- ideally less than 2.5 cents.

If you don't print complex documents or thousands of pages per month, however, one of the budget laser printers featured here is likely a better deal. The quality of printed graphics typically isn't as good, but even the cheapest laser printers excel at printing very sharp text, and fast. Although all the printers we researched have shortcomings compared with pricier models, most serve buyers well as light-duty printers for homes or small offices.

We do have some reservations about a couple of cheap laser printers we came across. The Canon ImageClass LBP151dw (starting at $90) and HP LaserJet Pro M102w (starting at $159), both monochrome models, lag the competition in features and in the quality of their output.

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Maximum Speed (B&W)
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Brother HL-L5200DW

$199
No
No
2.7 cents
42 ppm
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Automatic 2-sided printing

Dell E515dw

$120
No
Yes
3.8 cents
20 ppm
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Automatic 2-sided printing, 35-sheet automatic document feeder

Samsung Xpress C430W

$178
Yes
No
4 cents
19 ppm
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0, NFC
Manual

Dell E525w

$180
Yes
Yes
3.3 cents
18 ppm
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
15-sheet automatic document feeder

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M130fw

$179
No
Yes
3.9 cents
23 ppm
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
35-sheet automatic document feeder

Brother HL-L2340DW

$109
No
No
3.8 cents
27 ppm
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0
Automatic 2-sided printing

Canon ImageClass LBP151dw

$90
No
No
3.5 cents
28 ppm
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Automatic 2-sided printing

HP LaserJet Pro M102w

$159
No
No
3.9 cents
23 ppm
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0
Manual

Canon ImageClass MF249dw

$204
No
Yes
3.5 cents
28 ppm
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Automatic 2-sided printing, 50-sheet duplex automatic document feeder

Canon ImageClass MF634Cdw

$340
Yes
Yes
4.5 cents
19 ppm
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Automatic 2-sided printing, 50-sheet duplex automatic document feeder