If you need to print in large quantities or you need your prints to come out with very crisp text, then a laser printer is the way to go. Laser printers take some time to heat up, and upfront costs are more than inkjet printers, but for volume and clarity, they can't be beaten, and you'll likely save some money in the long run on a per sheet basis. This is especially important if you run a small business or plan on using your printer a lot.

Compact and affordable

Brother HL-L2350DW Compact Laser Printer

If you want to print more while also cutting down on paper, this baby has duplex printing capabilities — double-side your life! The tray holds up to 250 sheets, and it can print up to 27 sheets per minute (once it gets fired up). The compact design won't take up a ton of space on your desk, and its wireless networking capabilities keep cords to a minimum and let you print from any room in the house!

$89 at Amazon

Quick printing

Canon imageCLASS LBP6030w Wireless Laser Printer

This is the perfect printer if you don't have time to wait around. It's meant to be wireless, so printing is quick and tangle-free. Expect your first print in about eight seconds — this laser printer takes barely any time to fire up at all! This is another compact printer, so it won't take up much space on your desk, and might even work as a portable printer if you (for whatever reason) need to print in multiple locations.

$85 at Amazon

Affordable all-in-one

Brother MFCL2710DW Compact Laser All-In One Printer

It's perfect for a small office environment, offering paper-saving features like two-sided printing, and time-saving features, like a 35-page capacity document feeder for unattended scanning or faxing. You can load up the MFCL2710DW with up to 250 sheets so that you're not having to constantly fill the paper tray (unless you print a lot, in which case, it'll be empty after about nine minutes). This is the perfect all-in-one solution for your small office and your Mac.

$130 at Amazon

High paper capacity

Xerox Phaser 6510/DNI

The standard paper tray is 250 sheets, but you can add an optional 550-sheet tray for bulk printing. This baby pops out the first page in about 12 seconds and then fires 'em out at 30 pages per minute after that. On the wireless side of things, the Phaser 6510 is also secure, using HTTPS, Wi-Fi authentication, IP filters, and more.

$271 at Amazon

Fast wireless color

HP Color LaserJet Pro M254dw

With a printing speed of up to 22 pages per minute, the HP Color LaserJet Pro M254dw is a force to be reckoned with. You can connect the LaserJet Pro M254dw to your Wi-Fi network allowing you to print wirelessly from your Mac or iPhone via AirPrint and its touchscreen allows for simple one-touch printing.

$192 at Amazon

Premium color all-in-one

Canon Color imageCLASS MF634Cdw

Although the Canon Color imageCLASS MF634Cdw isn't the cheapest option out there, it's one of the best color laser all-in-one printers on the market. With a print speed of up to 19 pages per minute, high-capacity toners, and wireless capabilities, this printer will keep up with you and your printing needs. It even has single-pass scanning, so you can scan both sides of a document at the same time!

$245 at Amazon

Why laser over ink?

Laser printers have a ton of advantages over your typical inkjet printers and are a very viable option for at home use.

Laser printers will save you money in the long run. Although your average toner cartridge for a laser printer is more expensive than an ink cartridge, toner lasts a lot longer and because its a powder, it can't dry out over time. Plus, laser printers offer much sharper lines than inkjet, meaning small text is much easier to read as it always comes out crisp and clear.

Of course, laser printers aren't quite as good at printing photos as a high-quality inkjet printer would be, because inkjets can often have up to six or more different colors of ink allowing them to blend colors together smoothly and produce more colors.

Overall, I'm very happy with my Brother HL-L2350DW for my home office. It's compact, simple, and quite fast at printing large documents, and since I never need to print anything in color, I don't mind that it's monochrome.

Updated September 2018: Added the fantastic Canon Color imageCLASS MF634Cd for people looking for a great color all-in-one.

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