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
INK COST, 2,000 PAGES*
*Ink cost assumes 1,000 color pages and 1,000 black-and-white pages.