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Colour Laser Printers

A colour laser printer was once the dream machine for any home owner. Even a busy office would once have had to send off their colour prints to another part of the building or make do with an inkjet. These days, though, a colour laser is an affordable luxury, but just what can you get and are they any good? We take six models out for a spin and see what they’re like and how much they cost to run.
Editor choice 1 HP Colour LaserJet Pro M252dw Review

HP Colour LaserJet Pro M252dw Review

The HP ColourLaserJet Pro M252dw is a really good laser printer Colour Laser Printers HP Colour LaserJet Pro M252dw DETAILS • Manufacturer: HP • Website: Requirements: Windows, Windows Server, Mac OS X, Linux With ...
Best value 2 Brother HL-3170CDW Review

Brother HL-3170CDW Review

Colour Laser Printers Brother HL-3170CDW DETAILS • Manufacturer: Brother • Website: •  Requirements: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Server versions of OSs This Brother HL-3170CDW is a reasonably compact printer that's ...
3 Samsung CLP-360 Review

Samsung CLP-360 Review

The award for the world’s smallest colour laser printer may well have to go to the CLP-360 from Samsung. At just 382 x 309 x 210mm, this is an amazingly compact laser printer that will look great perched on a desktop at home or in an office. But ...
4 Epson AcuLaser CX17WF Review

Epson AcuLaser CX17WF Review

In the past, a multi-function colour laser printer was usually a monster of a machine sat in the corner of an office, sucking up power to the point that the lights would dim when it warmed up. That’s not the case these days, as Epson hope to ...
5 Lexmark CS310N Review

Lexmark CS310N Review

If you'd told us quite a few years ago that by 2015 we’d be able to buy a colour laser printer, we’d think you were, well, barmy, to say the least. These days, though, and thanks to Lexmark, that statement is entirely true. But is the printer in ...

Editor Choice – HP Colour LaserJet Pro M252dw

Although it may not be the cheapest printer to run, we think the HP Colour LaserJet Pro M252dw is the most stable workgroup unit of the lot.

It’s reasonably quick, has a good quality output and is easily managed. Premium toner is a must, though, and could make this one the best colour lasers for SOHO users.

Highly Recommend – Brother HL-3170CDW

We quite liked the Brother HL-3170CDW. It’s reasonably cheap to run and maintain and not too expensive to buy either.

Print quality is good, and the fact that it’s an LED printer may well improve the running costs over time, as well as keeping up the overall print quality.

How We Tested

Each printer was tested with a selection of 20 full pages of text and 20 full-colour photos and blocks of colours. We used all connections where possible, as well as print from cloud and apps via phones and tablets, including PCs.

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