The models of multifunction printers are often at attractive prices, but pay attention to the ink bill: more often, cheaper will be the printer at the start, more expensive cartridges will return.  Choosing a first-rate model is rarely a good bet!

Multi-function inkjet printers are now the norm!

The models dedicated to printing (without scanner function and copier) are often specialized in photo printing or in large prints (A3, A2) and are the subject of another comparison on the Numeric: A3 printers.

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Recall also that inkjet printers are not always more economical than laser printers. Indeed, they launch more frequent cleaning cycles and thus spoil up to half of the ink. In addition, if you do not print for a long time – several months, but sometimes a few weeks – the ink may dry and block impressions. The “Nozzle Cleaning” option in the software supplied with the printer can save it, but not always.

 Follow The Key Points: 

  • Power

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We examine the ease of use of the printer and its various features. Most printers now have Wi-Fi and a display. The capacity of the tank is also important, as is the bulk.

  • Debit

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The throughput is the number of pages per minute the printer is capable of outputting. The best inkjet printers can reach up to 15 pages per minute in color and 19 pages per minute in black and white.

  • Image quality

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Print quality remains an important criterion for choosing a printer. A printer must perfectly print the texts, graphics and of course the photos on the papers dedicated to the formats 10 x 15 or A4.

  • Scanner and Copy

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For copying, a good printer must offer a reproduction as close as possible to the original document. It is also expected that the scanner performs well in scanning documents, whether they contain text or photos.

  • Cost per page

The cost per page is the average cost of printing a standard page, in color or black and white. It amounts to about 11 cents on inkjet printers, but it can be much higher after several cleaning cycles.

  • Consumption and noise

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Energy consumption remains an important criterion of choice. Standby power consumption is always less than 1 watt and rarely exceeds 20 watts when printing. At the noise level, the average is often below 50 dB (A).

 Test Procedures:
First of all, the various options present on the printer and its ease of use make it possible to obtain a powerful note.

  • We then measure the throughputs with several standard documents from the standby, after power-up and even in duplex mode.
  • We also measure the speed of the copier function and of the scanner.
  • The quality of the image is determined by the printing of several patterns under the magnifying glass to determine the fineness of the printing.
  • Color fidelity is also measured using a probe.

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Finally, we measure the consumption of the printer in standby and during printing as well as its noise level.

Purchase Guide / Best Laser Printers

The 4 best printers of the moment: the printer that will suit the greatest number, the best value for money, tight budget, without price limit.

  • Brother MFC-9330CDW

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The Brother MFC-9330CDW is a multifunction color laser very well equipped, well thought out and very nice. The touch screen greatly contributes to ease of use. Fast, reactive, turned to mobile apps, low energy consumption … it prints office documents of quality.

  • Lexmark CX410de

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The Lexmark CX410de has many advantages. Well-equipped, intuitive and well thought out, this multifunction offers increased print speeds, true colors, and a competitive cost.

  • Lexmark CS310

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The Lexmark CS310 shines with superior print quality from the majority of lasers and its particularly low page cost. Two major advantages that can attract the interest of certain companies. It is a very good printer.

  • Ricoh SP112

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If you are looking for a laser printer for a very basic use and you only occasionally take out couriers or any other text-based document, the Ricoh SP112 is a wise choice. Sold to a very small and supplied with a toner of 500 pages, it will thus fulfill perfectly its role of the auxiliary machine.