Best Wireless Laser Printers 2019 - Tests, Reviews & Comparisons
We’ve been reviewing laser printers for five years, and for our most recent update, we spent weeks testing and poring over printed pages under high magnification. Based on our findings, we think the HP MFP M477fdw is the all-around best laser printer because of its print quality, color accuracy and connectivity options. The machine has an easy-to-navigate color screen you can use to adjust settings, and it is a little more compact than some of the other top printers we reviewed.
HP Laserjet Pro MFP-M477dw
The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw’s great print quality and full feature set make it a well-rounded machine and our pick for the best wireless laser printer.
HP Laserjet Pro MFP-M281fdw
The HP MFP M281fdw scored better in some of our print quality tests than even our best overall pick, and its compact size and low price tag make it a great value.
The Brother MFC-L6700DW makes up for its mediocre print quality and black-and-white-only printing with speed. Printing at 27 pages a minute, it’s faster than our best overall pick.
|Product||Price||Overall Rating||Price||Design||Output||Ink & Media||Features||Help & Support||Color or Monochrome||Additional Functions||Display (inches)||Dimensions||Weight||Document Print Quality||Max. Print Resolution -Black (DPI)||Max. Print Resolution - Color (DPI)||Black Print Speed (ppm)||Color Print Speed (ppm)||Scan Quality||Copy Quality||Cost Per Page (standard)||Cost Per Page (high capacity)||Paper Capacity||Secondary Input Tray||Document Feeder Capacity||Automatic Duplex Printing||Duty Cycle||Recommended Monthly Use||Networking (wired)||Networking (Wi-Fi)||Print From USB Storage||Scan to Web||Mobile Printing||Proprietary App||NFC Capability||Warranty||Phone & Email||Live Chat||Social Media||Online Manual||Troubleshooting Guide||FAQs||Forums|
|HP LaserJet Pro MFP-M477fdw||View Deal||4.5/5||4.5||4.8||4||3.7||5||5||Color||MFP||4.3 Color||16.4 x 18.6 x 15.7||✖||A||600 x 600||600 x 600||16||19||B||B||0.04||0.02||250||50||50||✓||50000||750-4,000||✓||✓||✓||✓||Apple, Google, Mopria||HP ePrint||✓||1 Year||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw||4/5||4.5||5||5||2.9||3.9||5||Color||MFP||2.7 Color||15.5 x 16.6 x 13.2||41.2||B+||600 x 600||600 x 600||14||14||B+||B||0.04||0.03||250||1||0||✖||40000||150-2,500||✓||✓||✓||✓||Apple, Mopria||HP ePrint||✖||1 Year||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Brother MFC-L6700DW||View Deal||4/5||4.3||4.5||3.8||5||4.2||3||Mono||MFP||4.85 Color||19.5 x 16.8 x 20.4||40.5||B||1200 x 1200||Not Available||27||Not Available||C-||C+||0.03||0.02||520||70||50||✓||100000||Up to 5,000||✓||✓||✓||✓||Apple, Google, Mopria||Brother iPrint&Scan||✖||1 Year||✓||✓||✖||✓||✓||✓||✖|
|Xerox WorkCentre 6515/N||View Deal||4/5||4.5||4.3||3.2||2||4.9||2||Color||MFP||5 Color||16.5 x 19.9 x 19.7||67.7||A+||1200 x 2400||1200 x 2400||19||20||B||B+||0.04||0.02||250||50||550||✓||50000||No Claim||✓||✓||✓||✓||Apple, Google, (Mopria optional)||Xerox Mobile Link App||✓||1 Year||✓||✓||✖||✓||✖||✖||✓|
|HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn||3.5/5||3.8||3.8||3.5||4.2||3||4||Color||Print Only||2.2 Color||18 x 18.9 x 15.7||60.6||A+||1200 x 1200||1200 x 1200||19||19||Not Available||Not Available||0.15||0.11||100||0||550||✓||80000||2,000-7,500||✓||✓||✖||✖||Apple, Mopria||HP ePrint||✓||1 Year||✓||✓||✖||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|HP LaserJet Pro M102w Printer||3/5||5||4.8||2.8||1.4||0.9||5||Mono||Print Only||None||14.4 x 9.7 x 7.5||10.4||C||600 x 600||Not Available||14||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available||0.04||Not Available||150||0||10||✖||10000||150-1,500||✖||✖||✖||✖||Apple, Google, Mopria||HP ePrint||✖||1 Year||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw||View Deal||3/5||5||4.4||1.8||1||2.3||2||Mono||Print Only||None||15.4 x 14.9 x 14.2||✖||C+||600 x 600||Not Available||18||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available||0.04||Not Available||250||0||1||✓||15000||No Claim||✓||✓||✖||✖||Google, Mopria||Not Available||✓||1 Year||✓||✖||✖||✓||✓||✓||✖|
|Canon imageCLASS MF249dw Laser Printer||View Deal||3.5/5||4.8||4.5||1.5||2.4||2.5||0||Mono||MFP||3.5 Black and White||15.4 x 13.2 x 9.7||✖||B||600 x 600||Not Available||18||Not Available||C||B||0.04||Not Available||250||50||1||✓||15000||750-3,000||✓||✓||✖||✖||Apple, Google, Mopria||Canon PRINT Business||✖||1 Year||✓||✖||✖||✓||✖||✖||✖|
The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw doesn’t have the highest print resolution and didn’t make the fewest number of print errors in our tests, but it is the most well-rounded laser printer we evaluated. Its print quality is good, and it has all the basic features we looked for.
Even though it’s more petite than many of the printers we reviewed, including our best monochrome pick, HP’s MFP M477fdw features a good-size 4.3-inch color screen as well as a secondary paper tray and document feeder. It can also handle a larger workload than other laser printers we tested, with its recommended print volume of between 750 and 4,000 pages a month. HP also includes all the most up-to-date connectivity options, including a USB port to print directly from storage devices and a scan-to-web feature.
This printer performed better in our print tests than almost any other machine. It averaged fewer than 10 tiny errors when we printed text and had great color accuracy, though we still saw the banding and pixelation we expect when printing in color with a laser printer. This printer’s resolution isn’t the best we saw, but its 600 x 600 dpi its good enough for most projects.
We ran into some trouble setting up the duplexing feature. At first, the printer asked us to flip the paper manually, but after installing some updated drivers, we were back in business.
HP’s support offerings look robust, and some are genuinely helpful – for example, the manuals and online troubleshooting guides. However, we had to go through quite a few support reps to get clear answers to questions about HP’s machines. We sent several emails and called multiple support hotlines before getting answers to some of our questions, which was frustrating and a little disappointing.
The HP MFP M281fdw is smaller than many of the laser printers we reviewed, but it has better text print quality than even our best overall pick, the HP MFP M477fdw. It couldn’t match the MFP M477fdw’s photo print quality, but we found no errors in the text we printed with the MFP M281fdw, even when we examined pages under high magnification. As a multifunction printer, it also scans and copies, and the machine’s document feeder makes it easy to do both.
The MFP M281fdw has the same resolution as our top pick: 600 x 600 dpi. That is high enough for most jobs, although laser printers aren’t generally known for their photo printing abilities. This printer was on the slow side during our speed tests, only averaging about 14 pages a minute – some machines, like the Brother MFC-L6700DW, can print up to 27 pages per minute.
Because of how small it is, the MFP M281fdw’s screen is only 2.3 inches, compared to the MFP M477fdw’s roomier 4.3 inches. This can make it a little tricky to enter setup information. In addition, it doesn’t have a secondary paper tray like larger models do. However, if you don’t need a heavy-duty printer, the MFP M281fdw’s connectivity options, print quality and small size make it a good option.
The Brother MFC-L6700DW is the best black-and-white-only laser printer available and a good option if you want to keep printing costs low in your office.
It has all the standard multi-function features, including a copier and scanner, as well as a large, 4.85-inch touchscreen display. However, the MFC-L6700DW is missing some of the most up-to-date connectivity options such as NFC, which lets you transfer print information from your mobile device to the printer by tapping them together.
In our tests, the machine’s print quality wasn’t outstanding. Text was still very readable, but the printer made more errors than our top pick did. Also, when it converted color text and images to black and white, it left noticeable lines from the print head.
However, the Brother MFC-L6700DW is the fastest printer we tested – on average, it printed 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. When you buy high-capacity toner cartridges, the machine’s printing cost drops down to a mere 2 cents per page, which is considerably less than other printers we reviewed. We also like that the printer has a much higher paper capacity than other models we reviewed – 520 pages.
Best Print Resolution
The Xerox WorkCentre 6515/N has the best resolution of the laser printers we tested.
A higher print resolution often means higher print quality because the machine lays down more individual dots of ink per inch. Our test results certainly bore the WorkCentre’s quality out; we only discovered six print errors. While it didn’t quite match the quality of our best overall pick, it certainly stood out from the rest of the pack. The printer has a 5-inch screen, which makes it simple to navigate through settings. It’s also an all-in-one model and can carry a heavy workload of over 1,000 pages a day. And printing 19 to 20 pages per minute, it’s speedy too. The WorkCentre comes with many of the connectivity features we looked for, including near-field communication and a USB port. It also supports a proprietary app and popular print apps. However, it’s a little more expensive to operate than some models, which is why it’s not our number one choice. Still, it’s a solid printer that would work well in a busy office.
The HP LaserJet Pro M102w is a solid little printer. To be so compact, it eschews some of the standard features many of the laser printers we reviewed have.
For example, it doesn’t have a scanner or copier, and it doesn’t print in color, just black and white (monochrome). Unlike the many 50-pound machines we compared, this little fella weighs only about 10 pounds, which makes it easy to move and store. Because it has such basic features and few settings, it doesn’t need a touchscreen like those on more advanced models. It also handles a smaller workload than any of the large, workhorse printers we reviewed. But because the LaserJet Pro M102w lacks a lot of these features, it’s relatively inexpensive. One of the nice things about laser printers is you don’t have to refill them as often as inkjets – they hold way more paper and their toner cartridges have higher capacities than inkjet’s ink cartridges. You have to refill the M102w’s toner and paper more often than with bigger laser printers, but the average cost per page to print with its toner is lower overall. If you want to avoid the expensive maintenance costs of an inkjet or larger laser printer and have limited space, the M102w might be the right choice.
Why Trust Us
For the last five years, we’ve used research and hands-on testing to evaluate the best wireless laser printers. Before choosing which models to test, we spend time researching the most important features and newest technologies. We also consider whether the machines’ manufacturers provide enough support and make troubleshooting easy. We also check in with major brands to see how they’ve updated their technology. In our most recent update, we learned that Dell, a company that’s been a big player in the laser printer field for a long time, is no longer selling its own brand of machines. It took us a while to gather this information, but after reading press releases and speaking with customer service representatives, we can confirm that Dell will only sell Xerox and Lexmark machines.
After researching brands and machines, we bring the selected printers into our lab and compare them side by side, putting them through a series of tests to help us determine which have the best print quality and speed. In addition, 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 is the most informative. It gives us a sense of how well the machines work in real-world situations and lets us see if the printers live up to their manufacturers’ 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.
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 few 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.
How Much Do Wireless Laser Printers Cost?
Wireless laser printers are more expensive than inkjet printers, both in the price of the machine and the price of toner. However, over time you recoup your costs because toner cartridges have higher capacities – you can print significantly more pages per toner cartridge than per inkjet ink cartridge. On average, an all-in-one inkjet printer runs about $150, while a laser printer costs around $250 to $300. At the higher end, you can find laser printers with large workload capacities for more than $500. We recommend evaluating how much printing you do before settling on a specific price point
Key Features to Look for When Buying a Wireless Laser Printer
Multi-Functionality & Connectivity
Most of 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 makes it easy to print the documents 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.
You likely won’t have the opportunity to test printers side by side in a 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.
Laser vs Inkjet: What Are the Advantages?
Laser printers have the advantage in both print speed and volume. The fastest laser printers we tested kick out black-and-white documents at speeds of well over 25 pages per minute (PPM), while the fastest inkjet printers produce around 8 PPM. Manufacturers make recommendations for how many documents printers can and should print per month. Most of the laser printers we reviewed are rated to print as many as 7,500 pages per month, compared to around 500 pages per month for inkjet printers.
The initial investment in inkjet cartridges may make them seem cheaper, but when you consider how many pages each cartridge can print, laser printers have the edge. It costs around 2 cents per page to print with a standard-capacity toner cartridge, compared to 21 cents per page for an average inkjet cartridge. Also, toner cartridges for laser printers don’t dry up like ink cartridges, so you can go months or even years without replacing them.
This is one area inkjet printers have a decided advantage. Laser printers are a great option for printing text documents but struggle with high-quality photos and detailed color images. We ranked the best photo printers and compact inkjet printers in case you want to print photos and color images at your house. The color laser printers we tested have no problem producing medium-quality color images but are primarily designed to print black-and-white text in high volumes.