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Best Laser Printers for Home Office 2015

Brother DCP-8085dn Digital Copier and Laser Printer

The demand for home office printers continues to be bullish. This allowed manufacturers to generate more revenues from this product line. Unlike other demand areas, laser printers for home office use are much more complicated.

Purchase Decision Criteria. Nowadays, home office printers have become identical in terms of specs and operating features and only differ in terms of aesthetics, price, CPP (cost per page) and speed. But purchase decisions are influenced by a set of considerations which we’ve summed up below.

Price range below $300. – Almost always price should not exceed $300 for a printer to sell. Competition is also high.

Multifunction and All-in-one Printers. with duplexing features and networking capabilities (USB, Ethernet, WiFi, WiFi Direct, etc.) are the popular models.

Mobile Device Compatibility. Due to the popularity of cloud applications, mobile device compatibility is necessary.**

Standard Printer Specifications Such as speed, resolution and paper handling capacity (150 sheets tray minimum) form part of purchase consideration.

Best Home Office Printers Based on the set criteria discusses, presented below are 7 printers of differing make and models that more than satisfactorily meet the exacting demand of the home office.

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1. Brother DCP-L2520DW

Type Monochrome
Duplexing Yes
Networking capability Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Built-in memory 32MB
Mobile Device Compatibility AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace, and Wi-Fi Direct
Paper handling 250 sheets; Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Envelopes, Custom Sizes (3.0-8.5″” (w), 4.57-14″” (l))
Speed 27ppm
Resolution Up to 2400 x 600 dpi
Cartridge TN-630

2. Canon imageCLASS MF227dw

Type Monochrome
Duplexing Yes
Networking capability USB Device 2.0 Hi-Speed, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wireless
Built-in memory 256 MB (Shared)
Mobile Device Compatibility Canon Mobile Printing, Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service13, Canon Mobile Scanning for Business
Paper handling 250 sheets; Letter, Legal, A4, A5, B5, Executive, Statement
Speed Up to 16ppm (2-sided plain paper letter)

Up to 28ppm (1-sided plain paper letter)

Resolution Up to 600 x 600 dpi (1200 x 1200 dpi quality)
Cartridge Canon 137

3. Dell B1265dfw

Type Monochrome
Duplexing Yes
Networking capability Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Ethernet 10/100 Base TX

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n

Built-in memory 128MB DDR3 (non expandable)
Mobile Device Compatibility (AndroidTM  and iOS) and from Google Cloud PrintTM
Paper handling Standard 250 sheet Tray + Single-sheet Multipurpose tray; A4, Letter, Legal, Executive, Folio, Oficio, ISO B5, JIS B5, A5, A6, Monarch, No.10, DL, C5, C6,Postcard4x6
Speed Up to 29 ppm
Resolution 600 x 600 dpi Default, 1200 x 1200 dpi Max
Cartridge Dell 331-7328 (RWXNT)

4. HP LaserJet Pro MFP M127fw

Type Monochrome
Duplexing Manual (driver support provided)
Networking capability Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port; built-in Fast Ethernet 10/100Base-TX network port; Wireless 802.11b/g/n
Built-in memory 128 MB
Mobile Device Compatibility HP ePrint, Wireless direct printing, Apple AirPrint, Mobile Apps. May require a firmware upgrade to be compatible download at hp.com/go/support
Paper handling 150-sheet input tray; A4; A5; B5-Japanese; envelopes (ISO DL C5 B5 Com #10 Monarch #7 3/4); 16K; post cards (Standard #10 JIS single and double)
Speed Up to 21 ppm
Resolution Up to 600 x 600 dpi
Cartridge HP CF283A / HP 83A

5. HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M177fw

Type Color
Duplexing Manual (driver support provided)
Networking capability Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port; built-in Fast Ethernet 10/100Base-TX network port; Wireless 802.11b/g/n
Built-in memory 128 MB
Mobile Device Compatibility HP ePrint, Wireless direct printing, Apple AirPrintâ„¢, May require a firmware upgrade to be compatible download at hp.com/go/support
Paper handling 150-sheet input tray; A4; A5; A6; B5; 16k; 10 x 15 cm; post cards (JIS single and double); envelopes (DL C5 B5)
Speed Up to 17 ppm (black); Up to 4 ppm (color)
Resolution Black – Up to 600 x 600 dpi quality (2400 dpi effective output with ImageREt 2400) Color – Up to 600 x 600 dpi quality (2400 dpi effective output with ImageREt 2400)
Cartridge HP CF350A CF351A CF352A CF353A / HP 130A

6. Samsung SL-M2070

Type Monochrome
Duplexing Manual
Networking capability USB 2.0; Wifi Direct
Built-in memory 128 MB
Mobile Device Compatibility Google Cloud Print
Paper handling 150-sheet Standard Tray; A4 / A5 / Letter / Legal / Executive / Folio / Oficio / ISO B5 / JIS B5 / Envelope (Monarch, Com10, DL, C5) / Custom (76 x 127 mm – 216 x 356 mm / 3.0″” x 5.0″” – 8.5″” x 14″”)
Speed Up to 20 ppm
Resolution Up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi effective output
Cartridge mlt-d111s

7. Xerox WorkCentre 3215

Type Monochrome
Duplexing Manual
Networking capability 10/100BaseT Ethernet, High-Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n
Built-in memory 256 MB standard
Mobile Device Compatibility Apple AirPrint, Xerox PrintBack
Paper handling 250 sheets; Automatic Document Feeder

Capacity: 40 sheets

Size: 5.8 x 5.8 in. to 8.5 x 14 in.

(148 x 148 mm to 216 x 356 mm

Speed up to 27 ppm
Resolution 600 x 600 dpi (up to 4800 x 600 enhanced image quality)
Cartridge 106R02778

It is well to note that the mentioned home office printers above meet thoroughly the exacting demand of the home office.

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