Best Wireless Laser Printers of 2018

Jessica Richards ·
Updated
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After comparing wireless laser printers side by side and running them through a series of tests to evaluate their print quality, speed and durability, we think the Samsung ProXpress C3060FW is the best one available. Not only does the printer have better black-and-white and color print quality than any other model we tested, but it also has up-to-date connectivity options that make it easy to use. With a maximum print capacity of 60,000 pages per month, we recommend this machine for people who need a heavy duty, multi-user printer.

Best Overall

Samsung ProXpress C3060FW

With excellent print quality and a multitude of wired and wireless connectivity options, the Samsung ProXpress C3060FW combines all the best laser printer features in one machine.
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Best Value

Dell Color Multifunction Printer

The Dell Color Cloud HD25cdw was only slightly outperformed in print quality by our top pick, the Samsung ProXpress C3060FW, making it a good option if you’re looking to save money.
Best Monochrome

Brother MFC-L6700DW

The Brother MFC-L6700DW makes up for its lack of sharp text and color printing with speed. Printing at 27 pages a minute, it works faster than our best overall pick.
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Our Test Results

Product
Price
514.99Amazon
493.99Amazon
349.00Amazon
668.40Amazon
559.90Amazon
187.99Amazon
214.00Amazon
84.99Amazon
88.31Amazon
Overall Rating
8.2
7.8
7.7
7.6
6.8
6.7
5.8
4.9
3.9
3.5
Design
9
9.8
10
9
4
7.5
7
5.5
Output
10
5.8
9.3
8.3
7
7.3
4.3
5
3.5
3
Ink & Media
4.5
10
4.3
4.3
5.8
3.3
7.8
5.5
4.3
3
Features
9.8
8.5
10
9.8
6.3
9.8
6.3
5.3
4.5
3.5
Help & Support
8
8
6
10
10
8
6
2
4
8
Color Print Speed (ppm)
17
N/A
20
17
19
13
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Document Print Quality
A+
B
A+
A
A+
B+
C
B
C+
C
Copy Quality
A
C+
B+
A+
N/A
C+
C-
B
N/A
N/A
Scan Quality
B
C-
B
C
N/A
A
C
C
N/A
N/A
Black Print Speed (ppm)
17
27
19
18
19
11
18
18
18
14
Max. Print Resolution - Black (DPI)
9600 x 600
1200 x 1200
1200 x 2400
600 x 600
1200 x 1200
600 x 600
2400 x 600
600 x 600
600 x 600
600 x 600
Max. Print Resolution - Color (DPI)
9600 x 600
N/A
1200 x 2400
600 x 600
1200 x 1200
600 x 600
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Weight (lbs)
58
40.5
67.7
69.9
60.6
35.9
25.8
30.3
19
10.4
Color or Monochrome
Color
Mono
Color
Color
Color
Color
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
Dimensions (inches)
18.5 x 17.8 x 19.9
19.5 x 16.8 x 20.4
16.5 x 19.9 x 19.7
16.9 x 19.8 x 19.7
18 x 18.9 x 15.7
16.5 x 16.4 x 12.7
16.1 x 15.7 x 12.5
15.4 x 14.9 x 14.2
15.4 x 13.2 x 9.7
14.4 x 9.7 x 7.5
Display
4.3-inch Color Touchscreen
4.85-inch Color Touchscreen
5-inch Color Touchscreen
4.3-inch Color Touchscreen
2.2-inch Color Display
3-inch Color Touchscreen
2.7-inch Color Touchscreen
3.5-inch Black & White Touch LCD
None
None
Additional Functions
MFP
MFP
MFP
MFP
Print Only
MFP
MFP
MFP
Print Only
Print Only
Scan to Web
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Proprietary App
Samsung Mobile Print
Brother iPrint&Scan
Xerox Mobile Link App
Dell Document Hub app
HP ePrint
HP ePrint
Brother iPrint&Scan
Canon PRINT Business
N/A
HP ePrint
Print from USB Storage
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Networking (Wi-Fi)
Networking (wired)
N/A
NFC Capability
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Mobile Printing
Apple, Google
Apple, Google, Mopria
Apple, Google (Mopria Optional)
Apple, Google, Mopria
Apple, Mopria
Apple, Mopria
Apple, Google
Apple, Google, Mopria
Google, Mopria
Apple, Google, Mopria
Cost Per Page (high capacity)
0.13
0.02
0.17
0.15
0.11
0.17
0.03
N/A
N/A
N/A
Recommended Monthly Use
No Claim
Up to 5,000
No Claim
500 - 2500
2000 - 7500
250 - 2500
250 - 2000
750 - 3000
No Claim
150 - 1500
Cost Per Page (standard)
0.17
0.03
0.25
0.24
0.15
0.22
0.04
0.04
0.04
0.04
Duty Cycle
60,000
100,000
50,000
38,000
80,000
30,000
10,000
15,000
15,000
10,000
Paper Capacity
250
520
250
250
100
150
250
250
250
150
Document Feeder Capacity
N/A
70
50
50
N/A
N/A
35
50
N/A
N/A
Automatic Duplex Printing
N/A
Secondary Input Tray
50
50
550
50
550
150
N/A
1
1
10
Phone & Email
Warranty
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Social Media
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Live Chat
N/A
N/A
Online Manual
FAQs
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Troubleshooting Guide
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Forums
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Best Overall

Samsung ProXpress C3060FW

The Samsung ProXpress C3060FW had fewer print errors in our tests than other laser printers. Under high-magnification, we only detected four errors in our black-and-white, 10-page test print.
During our color printing test, the machine performed even better, with no visible errors or banding. However, when we printed an Excel grid and PowerPoint documents, we found some issues like wonky lines and pixilation. This printer is equipped with a scanner and copier, making it a multi-function machine. It only prints 17 pages per minute, which is slower than most toner printers we tested. But, if you don’t want to trade speed for quality, then this machine might be right for you. The printer’s four toner cartridges make it more expensive to run than a monochrome printer. You can pay more upfront to lower the cost per page by purchasing the manufacturer’s high-capacity toner – when you use high-capacity cartridges, it costs a reasonable 13 cents per page to print with this machine. One thing that makes this Samsung model a solid choice is all its connectivity options. You can connect via Ethernet or wirelessly. Samsung also has an app you can use to control settings, check toner levels or print from your mobile device. In addition, the printer is equipped with NFC designation, which means you can tap your device against the printer to send documents to it. Because this machine can handle printing up to 60,000 pages a month and has a 250-sheet primary paper tray capacity, we recommend it for heavy duty use in a setting where more than one person prints.
Pros
  • High print quality
  • Plenty of connectivity options
  • Resolution of 9600 x 600 dpi
Cons
  • One of the more expensive printers we reviewed
  • Requires four expensive toner cartridges
  • Not very fast
$514.99Amazon
Best Value

Dell Color Multifunction Printer

The Dell Color Cloud laser printer has all the same connectivity options as our overall best pick without the high price. In our print tests, we found 12 errors in the Dell’s documents versus the best printer’s four in the same prints.
However, even though the Color Cloud has a lower print quality, most of its errors could only be seen under high magnification and amounted to small spots of ink. As with most laser printers, including our overall best pick, this Dell model struggled to reproduce Excel spreadsheet grids, and many of the lines look pixelated. There was also more noticeable banding – lines in the ink caused by the printer head’s movement – in color prints. This printer takes up a lot of space, and since it weighs 69.9 pounds, it’s difficult to move around. The weight is surprising considering the device doesn’t have a larger capacity or more features than the Samsung. For example, the trays fit the standard 300 pages, and the printer has a lower duty cycle of 38,000 pages per month, though its recommended use is only 500 to 2,500 pages per month. Still, with the Dell’s toner, it only costs an average of 15 cents per page to print with the machine, and you pay less for the printer upfront than our best pick. One feature that makes this machine stand out is the Dell Print Hub, which makes copied and scanned documents searchable. We recommend the Dell Color Cloud to people who want to save a bit of money and still keep their office up to date.
Pros
  • Solid connectivity options
  • All-in-one printer, copier and scanner
  • Faster print speed than our best overall pick
Cons
  • Has slightly lower print quality than the Samsung model
  • Printer is large and bulky
  • Lower duty cycle and recommended output
Best Monochrome

Brother MFC-L6700DW

This monochrome, multi-function printer can help you keep office operating costs low. If you’re looking for a printer to use in your day-to-day business, we think the Brother MFC-L6700DW is the best black-and-white-only option available.
It’s missing some of the most up-to-date connectivity options, including NFC, which lets you tap a mobile device to the printer to transfer print information. Still, it has all the standard multi-function features, like a copier and scanner, as well as a large, 4.85-inch touchscreen to adjust settings. In our tests, the machine’s print quality wasn’t outstanding. The text was still very readable, but the printer made more errors than our overall best pick did, and when it converted color text or images to black and white, there were noticeable lines from the print head. This Brother model’s print quality may not match that of more precise color laser printers, but it is the fastest printer we tested – it averaged over 10 more pages a minute than the rest of the printers we reviewed. It also has a lower average per-page printing cost because you only need to purchase one toner cartridge. You can also buy high-capacity toner cartridges, which drop the price down to a mere 2 cents per page, considerably lower than other printers we reviewed. We also like that the machine has a paper capacity of 520 pages, which is much larger than other wireless laser printers.
Pros
  • Low per-page printing cost
  • Fastest print speed of the machines we tested
  • Huge 520-page paper tray
Cons
  • Doesn’t print in color
  • Lower print quality overall
  • Lower print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi
$493.99Amazon

Why Trust Us? 

For five years, we’ve used hands-on testing to evaluate the best wireless laser printers. Before we test, we spend time researching the most important features and connectivity options as well as the newest technologies. We also look for printers whose manufacturers provide enough support to make troubleshooting easy.

We compare printers side by side and put them through a series of tests in our lab to determine which have the best print quality and are the fastest, and we research the cost of replacement toner.

While we also spend hours reading customer reviews and comparing specifications before making our recommendations, the time we spend with the printers gives us a sense of how they work in real-world situations. It also lets us see if the printers live up to manufacturer claims.

How We Tested 

As we tested laser printers, we were most concerned with print quality. We printed dozens of documents using different settings and used all the machines’ features; for example, we printed both double-sided and color documents. We looked at the printed documents under high magnification to detect even the smallest errors.

While examining the documents, we looked for any evidence of the printer head moving across the page, which can result in banding. We also checked to see if the printers created clean lines and sharp text, as well as how well they blended colors in complicated images. After examining the documents, we assigned each printer a grade based on the number of errors we found. All the printers we reviewed produce usable documents, though the Samsung ProXpress made the fewest errors.

We timed how long it took to print each document from the moment we sent the job to the machine until the printer spit out the final page. We repeated this test a number of times and averaged our findings together. As we tested, we noticed a correlation between speed and the number of printing errors, with faster printers creating more flaws.

We also researched each printer’s ongoing toner costs and checked to see if the manufacturer sells more economical, high-yield cartridges. Based on the information we found, we calculated the average per-page printing cost for both regular toner cartridges and high-yield ones, when available.

Key Features to Look for When Buying a Wireless Laser Printer 

Laser or Inkjet?

Laser printers tend to have lower print quality overall then inkjets. If you want the best quality prints for promotional or presentation materials or if you want to print photographs, you should check out our inkjet printer and photo printer reviews.

Laser printers use a heated powder to create images, which is much faster than printing with the ink traditional inkjet printers use. As such, if you print a lot of documents regularly, a laser printer may be your best bet.

Inkjet and laser printers also differ in their ongoing costs. Toner cartridges cost more upfront than ink cartridges, but they have higher yields, which means they are less expensive over time.

Multi-Functionality & Connectivity
All the machines we reviewed are multi-function models that print, copy and scan, which is ideal for an office setting. It’s also a good idea to buy a printer you can connect your mobile devices to wirelessly, either over Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print or other applications. This make it easy to print document you store on your cell phone, tablet or the cloud.

Color or Monochrome

A monochrome model is a great choice for fast print speeds and low per-page print costs. However, if you need a printer for creative projects or presentation materials, you likely want a color-capable machine. Monochrome printers produce readable documents and often have the same connectivity options as color laser printers. Also, since they only use one cartridge, ongoing costs are low.

Print Quality

You likely won’t have the opportunity to test printers side by side in lab, but you can keep your eye on print resolution. In general, the higher a machine’s print resolution, measured in dots per inch (dpi), the better its print quality. Also, keep in mind that faster printers tend to print less accurately, so it’s all about finding the balance between speed and quality that’s right for you.

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