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Which Monochrome Laser Printer Is Best?

Four Entry-Level Monochrome Laser Printers, Reviewed

Really, any of the printers rounded-up today could fit into a home office setting, satisfying specific needs. But based on our hands-on testing, two models stand out in particular.

Overall, Brother's HL-6180DW posted the fastest performance, and by a wide margin in some cases. This alone could be reason for recognition in a printer review with benchmarks, but there were other features that also helped it secure the first mention in our conclusion. For example, its large 500-sheet paper tray can take a whole pack of paper, meaning you'll spend less time maintaining the printer and more time cranking out the documents needed in hard copy form. And although the HL-6180DW is not as secure as HP's LaserJet Pro M401dne, the addition of secure printing should be more than enough protection for home offices and small businesses. Finally, when you factor in an easy setup requiring little more than a power cord, this $300 printer punches far above its class. 

A runner-up more worthy of a value-oriented shout-out is Dell's B1260dn. To be frank, we didn't expect much from a $140 laser printer. That just sounds too good to be true. But Dell proved a low price can be indicative of solid value as well. Armed with respectable, if not outright fast print times, and the highest graphics printing quality, you'd be almost assuredly unable to find a better option than the B1260dn at this price point. As a personal printer with nice extra features and high-quality output, it's near the top of the list.

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