Don't-Miss Printer Stories
The Dell C1660w's low purchase price makes color-laser-class (LED) printing available to budget-minded small offices. Because the toner is expensive and there's no automatic duplexer, it’s best for light use only.
The Officejet Pro X576dw is big, fast, and capable. But can it convert corporate laser lovers?
The Epson WorkForce WF-3540 offers a lot of paper capacity, speed, and ease of use for the price. Although ink costs are above-average, it's worth considering for being so well-equipped compared to the competition.
Canon's new Pixma MG6320 raises the bar for printer design. It's significantly easier to use than its predecessors, has automatic duplex printing, and produces nice output. Ink costs for some cartridges are higher than average.
Epson's Expression Premium XP-800 is a great little multifunction that handles every SOHO chore in the book and is especially well-suited for graphic artisans. But for a nearly $300 printer, ink costs are high.
Brother's MFC-J4510DW is a fast, innovative inkjet multifunction that handles large paper sizes, produces nice photos and is easy to use. There's also automatic duplex printing and an ADF, and best of all: affordable ink.
The Xerox Phaser 6700/DN is a workgroup color laser printer with good speed, paper capacity, and features. True Adobe PostScript and a high 2400-by-1200-dpi resolution make for smooth color images. The one-year warranty seems not to fit with the rest of the package.
For low volumes of printing, the Pixma MG4220 fits nicely into a home office. However, black ink is expensive--absurdly so with the standard-capacity cartridges.
The Epson Expression Home XP-400 is an entry-level inkjet that's compact, and performance is more than acceptable for student or home users. Unfortunately, ink is pricey.
The Brother HL-5470DW monochrome laser printer offers good speed and features for a small workgroup. Economical toner is a real plus in this price range.
The Brother HL-6180DW monochrome laser printer boasts cheap toner, a 600-sheet standard input capacity, and sturdy construction, plus decent speed for a busy small office.
The Canon ImageClass LBP6670dn monochrome laser printer has the speed and paper handling that small- or medium-sized workgroups need. Unfortunately, its toner is expensive.
Here's a look at some of our favorite small-office and home-office printers.