12 Monochrome Laser Printers

Konica Minolta PagePro 1350W Laser Printer

The PagePro 1350W from Konica Minolta is both small and affordable. At an MSRP of $150 and with dimensions of 15.2" x 11.5" x 11.1" (38.7cm x 29.1cm x 28.3 cm) with the trays closed, and 15.2" x 15.9" x 13.7" (38.7 cm x 40.5cm x 34.8cm) with them open, this printer can find room for itself on just about any desk or table top. Its weight is 20.5 lbs (9.5 kg), so it's pretty easy to move around at need or at whim.

The Konica Minolta PagePro 1350W manages to be both competent and compact.

The 1350w offers a respectable page output speed of up to 21 ppm, and supports resolutions of 600x600, 1200x600 and 1200x1200. The 1350 comes equipped with only 8 MB of RAM; lacking an expansion slot, this can't be upgraded. Paper capacity is the smallest of all the printers covered in this Buyer's Guide; the unit offers a single 150-sheet multipurpose tray (no additional trays are supported), and can handle up to 100 sheets in its output tray.

Toner cartridges come in two sizes for the 1350W: high-capacity that deliver up to 6,000 pages and standard capacity that deliver 3,000 pages (alas, Konica Minolta ships the 1350W with 1,500-page "starter cartridges" that are otherwise unavailable for this printer). High-capacity units cost $134 for black; standard capacity units cost $83.

  • Maybe I am reading it wrong but this printer offers a separate image drum compared to its toner drum. They come apart and you can buy toner separately. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but the toner might last 2500 pages, but the drum is good for 10,000, so why replace the drum if it isn't ready? The other personal laser printer I was looking at only had one replaceable part, drum/toner together. This was the main reason I got one, I could control my cost better.
  • Sorry, previous comment was for the Brother HL-2040.
  • Brother HL Printers 2040

    Brother HL-2040 is a compact monochrome laser printer designed for both small office and personal use. Brother HL-2040 features a built-in memory of 8MB, 250-sheet paper capacity tray and affordable printing supplies. Compatible Brother HL-2040 toners are known for its quality and inexpensive price tag. As such, Brother HL-2040 toner cartridges are able to generate 2,500 pages of high quality printouts at top 5% coverage.