Laser Printers: Ratings of Sources
PCMag.com regularly reviews laser printers, including monochrome, stand-alone models. The reviews are balanced, comparative and thorough. Detailed benchmark results show comparative speeds. Each printer is rated, and PCMag makes Editors' Choice picks in various price ranges. Results are very easy to sort by price, features, etc. to find exactly the printer you want.
ComputerShopper.com's detailed laser printer reviews cover design, features and performance, including quality of text, graphics and photos. Testers give each printer an overall star rating, and the best models earn Editors' Choice awards. Some printers are rated as being "Good for Business," "Good for Families," etc. However, results aren't as easy to sort as at PCMag.
ConsumerReports.org includes 15 black-and-white, single-function laser printers in its current printer tests. Editors grade each printer's text quality and speed, graphics quality, power use and more. They also note consumables cost per month and cost of a text page. Editors rank the printers from best to worst in a handy chart, picking recommended models and best buys. Each printer gets a very brief review with a list of pros and cons.
TheWirecutter.com spends 90 hours researching more than 100 cheap printers to find "the most efficient, least irritating" choice. Liam McCabe tests finalists' ease of use (printing wirelessly on a Mac and via Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, etc.) and print quality, and he also considers the cost of ink or toner. Results are given in handy charts and side-by-side print samples. The top pick and first two runners-up are all black-and-white, single-function laser printers.
Each year, PCMag.com surveys its readers to find out which printer brands are the most reliable, easiest to set up and have the best tech support. Brother has won for seven straight years. This year, Samsung is the runner-up.
Most major brands of printers get user feedback here, with some receiving hundreds (or even thousands) of reviews. Amazon.com is useful for two purposes: identifying models with particularly high or low average ratings and finding common complaints.
Staples.com attracts nearly as many user reviews of laser printers as Amazon.com. A convenient sorting feature lets you browse just the single-function, monochrome laser printers.
The best mono laser printers here have amassed hundreds of ratings. Results include each printer's star rating and number of reviews, and they're easy to sort. Unfortunately, older models are mixed in with new ones.
Although BestBuy.com doesn't attract as many owner reviews as Amazon.com, the top-rated mono laser printers do boast more than 100 reviews, and some draw several hundred. Helpfully, the printers' star ratings and number of reviews are listed on the landing page, and reviewers say whether they would recommend the printer to a friend.
This retail website doesn't attract as many customer reviews as some others, but a couple of mono laser printers rise to the top with 50-plus reviews. It's easy to sort the reviews to find the best single-function black-and-white laser printers.