The Best Printers for Less Than $1,000

From the HP OfficeJet Pro to the Xerox Phaser, four top printers

Is it time for you to graduate from that cheap ink-jet printer? We tracked down four of the best printer-scanner-copiers for less than $1,000. Our picks include two desktop printers and two standalone business-class models.

  1. HP Officejet Pro 8500 A909 2. Dell 1235cn Multifunction Laser Printer 3. Brother MFC-9840CDW 4. Xerox Phaser 6180MFP/D
WHY WE LIKE IT This ink-jet printer uses high-capacity cartridges, which reduce ink costs. Alas, it doesn't offer wireless connectivity or double-sided printing. This is the most affordable color laser all-in-one we found. It offers high-resolution printing (2,400 x 600 dots per inch) but no wireless option or double-sided printing. This laser printer is loaded with features: It prints and scans double sided, connects to your office network wirelessly, and has a 50-sheet automatic feed. Xerox's laser all-in-one wins high marks for speed. It offers double-sided printing and scanning, and wireless capability is available for an additional $219.
MAXIMUM PRINT SPEED(PAGES PER MINUTE) 19 ppm for black ink; 19 ppm for color 17 ppm for black ink; 4 ppm for color 21 ppm for black ink; 21 ppm for color 31 ppm for black ink; 20 ppm for color
RECOMMENDED MAXIMUM MONTHLY PRINT LOAD 1,250 pages 900 pages 3,000 pages 5,000 pages
PRICE $229 $399 $699 $949
INK COST, 2,000 PAGES* $93 $195 $174 $174

*Ink cost assumes 1,000 color pages and 1,000 black-and-white pages.

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Last updated: Oct 1, 2009

MINDA ZETLIN | Columnist | Co-author, The Geek Gap

Minda Zetlin is a business technology writer and speaker, co-author of The Geek Gap, and president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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