12 Monochrome Laser Printers

Kyocera Mita FS-1030D Workgroup Duplex Laser Printer

At prices in the $300-$375 range, the Kyocera Mita FS-1030D offers lots of capabilities for a not-so-extravagant price. The D at the end of the product name lets you know it's got a built-in duplexer, so it can handle double-sided printing. It also delivers up to a respectable 23 ppm output speed, with an equally-respectable duty cycle of 25,000 pages per month.

This printer's predecessor was designed by Ferdinand Porsche, and it has some snazzy lines.

Kyocera works hard to engineer its laser printers to be durable, and cheap to operate. The drum unit is supposed to last for the lifetime of the printer, and explains why Kyocera claims the cost-per-page for printing is less than one cent. The printer includes a 250 sheet paper tray, and a 50 sheet multi-purpose tray for total capacity of 300 sheets. A second 250 sheet tray is available as an accessory, as is a printer stand as well. Duplex printing tops out at 10 ppm, which is a pretty normal reduction of about 50% as compared to single-sided printing. Print quality is good, with sharp clear text, good graphics and clean halftones.

Consumables for the FS-1030D cost about $90 for new toner cartridges, and $85 for remanufactured ones, both with yields of up to 7,200 pages. According to our calculations, that puts the cost-per-page at about 1.25 cents per page, but it's still the cheapest of any of the printers in this buyer's guide.

  • 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.