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Monochrome Laser Printers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 15 Sources
1. PCMag.com
As of Nov. 2011
Laser Printers
by M. David Stone
Our AssessmentPCMag.com has devoted most of its recent reviews to color and multifunction laser printers, but monochrome models are still reviewed occasionally. The reviews are balanced, comparative and thorough. Detailed benchmark results show comparative speeds. Each printer is rated, and top models receive an Editors' Choice designation. Of the newer mono lasers, the Canon imageCLASS LBP6300dn receives a high mark.
2. PC World
Aug. 23, 2011
Top 5 Monochrome Laser Printers
by Melissa Riofrio
Our AssessmentThis chart ranks monochrome laser printers previously reviewed by PC World. Individual reviews are not comparative and are largely descriptive. Text and image quality are described, but not shown. However, testing is very good, and the test reports provide a basis for comparison. The reports show speed tests for a variety of documents and include a comprehensive list of features and specifications. Dell models receive the highest scores.
3. CNET
Sept. 9, 2011
Best 5 Printers
by Justin Yu
Our AssessmentCNET's coverage of laser printers has dropped off in the last year, but there are still a number of current models evaluated here. The HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn comes in third place and the Brother HL-2270DW in fifth position in their list of top 5 printers of any kind. Reviews are overly focused on features, though, and design and speed are evaluated before print quality is even addressed. While the some other reviewers attempt to measure cost of use, CNET relies on the manufacturers' number of pages-per-cartridge ratings.
4. TrustedReviews.com
Sept. 26 2011
Best Printers 2011
by Editors of TrustedReviews.com
Our AssessmentU.K. website TrustedReviews.com is one of the most prolific reviewers of all types of printers. Testing is brief, however, and no proof of text or graphics quality is provided. Speed is measured and cost of use is reported, but we aren't certain if editors attempt to calculate the cost-of-use figure or use the manufacturers' claims. The reviews are balanced, occasionally comparative, objective and performance-oriented. However, not all models are available in the U.S., and those that are may be marketed under a different model number.
5. IT Reviews
As of Nov. 2011
Hardware Printers Reviews
by Editors of IT Reviews
Our AssessmentU.K. website IT Reviews provides a steady flow of individual laser printer reviews. The reviews are short and noncomparative, and products aren't rated or ranked, yet this is an exceptional secondary source for information because other reviews often neglect to state the true resolution of each printer. IT Reviews always does, and this specification makes a huge difference in fine print quality. Most reviewers don't mention resolution or use the manufacturers' software-enhanced figures. Balance and objectivity are the other strengths of IT Reviews' reviews. Of the newer models, Samsung's ML-3710ND and ML-6510ND printers earn full marks and Best Buy recommendations.
6. PC Advisor
As of Nov. 2011
Mono Laser Printers
by Editors of PC Advisor
Our AssessmentPC Advisor reviews a good selection of monochrome laser printers. However, some reviews are duplicated from PC Advisor's sister site, PC World, while some models aren't for sale in the U.S. Most models are ranked at about 3.5 or 4 out of 5 stars, although a careful reading of the reviews themselves makes it clear which printers the reviewer deems most impressive. The highest scoring printers encompass most major manufacturers.
7. ConsumerReports.org
As of Nov. 2011
Printers -- Regular
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentMonochrome laser printers are tested and reviewed by ConsumerReports.org, although many of the printers on the comparison chart are inkjets and color lasers. Editors neither chart nor describe qualitative differences between models, though the recommended laser printers earn higher scores than other types of printers.
8. PC World (Australia)
As of Nov. 2011
Printers & Scanners
by Editors of PC World (Australia)
Our AssessmentEditors here have reviewed a significant number of monochrome laser printers over the past year, though some reviews are duplicates from the U.S. PC World. While there is some comparison between models in the written reviews, recommendations are lukewarm all around, and there is little discernible difference in ratings -- most receive about 4 out of 5 stars. The Kyocera Mita FS-1320D receives one of the highest scores.
9. TechRadar.com
March 8, 2011
Best Printer 2011: 15 Top Inkjet and Laser Printers
by Rod Lawton and Ian Osborne
Our AssessmentThis U.K.-based site provides brief reviews of its top-rated laser printers, though more extensive reviews are available for a few printers. The Samsung ML-1665 and the HP LaserJet P2055d make its best printer list in first and third places respectively. Both printers are available in the United States.
10. NewEgg.com
As of Nov. 2011
Monochrome Laser Printers
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentNewegg.com sells nine brands of laser printers. Four printers have 50 or more reviews, each with an average of 4 out of 5 stars.
11. Amazon.com
As of Nov. 2011
Monochrome Laser Printers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentMost major models of printers get user feedback, with some receiving more than 250 reviews. Amazon.com is useful for two purposes: identifying models with particularly high or low average ratings and finding common complaints.
12. Expert Reviews
As of Nov. 2011
Laser Printer Reviews
by Editors of Expert Reviews
Our AssessmentThe U.K.'s Expert Reviews -- formerly known as Computer Shopper (UK) -- reviews a few monochrome printers each year. The recently reviewed Samsung ML-3710Nd and the Canon i-Sensys LBP6300dn each get perfect scores. Generally, the site's reviews are very short, but concise and substantive. Comparisons are relevant, and reviews are productive. Descriptions of text and image quality are detailed. Printer reviews are all mixed together in the archive, making it difficult to browse for monochrome lasers alone.
13. About.com
Aug. 6, 2011
Laser/LED Printers: Great Value at a Good Price
by Peter Piazza
Our AssessmentThis list of top products covers multifunction laser printers as well as standalone mono and color lasers; three monochrome lasers are named. Each printer gets a short write-up that focuses on warm-up time and comments about output quality. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
14. TopTenReviews.com
As of Nov. 2011
Laser Printer Review 2011
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentThe 2011 TopTenReviews.com's evaluation of laser printers features just two monochrome printers, the Samsung ML-3712DW and the Canon imageCLASS LBP6300dn. Both receive 3.5 out of a possible 4 stars. The report includes a useful comparison chart.
15. Engadget.com
Aug. 5, 2011
Engadget's Back to School Guide 2011: Printers
by Terrence O'Brien
Our AssessmentEngadget's Back to School printer guide lists only three laser printers, and O'Brien doesn't detail how he selected the printers for this very brief review. Note that while this blog post mentions a contest in which you can win "back-to-school" products, none of these printers is part of the promotion.
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