The Best Printers for Less Than $1,000
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|
|INK COST, 2,000 PAGES*||$93||$195||$174||$174|
*Ink cost assumes 1,000 color pages and 1,000 black-and-white pages.
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.