12 Color Laser Printers Explored

Meet The Color Laser Printers In This Buyer's Guide

In this section we introduce the dozen printers we chose to cover, along with a handy features matrix to help you compare and contrast these units over a wide range of features. We begin with a list of the printers themselves, followed by the features matrix. Next you'll find a brief section devoted to each of the twelve printers we cover that describes its capabilities in more detail, and discusses its purchase and consumables costs, along with a product photo and links to additional information. In our conclusion, we mention several of the most compelling offerings, and award one or more units an Editor's Choice based on especially outstanding price/performance characteristics. Note that the two MFC models in the list are designated as All-In-One printers in their product names.

  • Dell 3110cn
  • Dell 5110cn
  • HP Color LaserJet 2600n
  • HP Color LaserJet 2840 All-In-One
  • Konica Minolta MagiColor 2550
  • Konica Minolta MagiColor 5440DL
  • OKI C3200n
  • OKI C7350n
  • Lexmark C534n
  • Lexmark C762n
  • Samsung CLP-600N
  • Samsung CLX-3160FN All-In-One
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Header Cell - Column 0 Dell 3110cnDell 5110cnHP Color LaserJet 2600nHP Color LaserJet 2840Konica Minolta MagiColor 2550Konica Minolta MagiColor 5440DL
B/W ppm31408202027
Color ppm173584527
Black Copy---600x600--
Color Copy---600x600--
Color ScanningNNNYNN
Fax ppm---20--
Scan Optical---1200x1200--
Scan Enhanced---19200--
DPI Color600x6001200x1200600x600600x6009600x6002400x600
DPI Black600x600600x600600x600600x600600x600600x600
Max sheet sizeLegalLegalLegalLegalLetterLetter
Envelope size#10#10#10#10#10#10
Other Interfaces *Wireless 802.11 b/g, USB 2.0, RJ45, ParallelWireless 802.11 b/g, USB 2.0, RJ45, ParallelWireless 802.11 b/g,USB 2.0, RJ45Wireless 802.11 b/g, USB 2.0, RJ45USB 2.0, RJ45, ParallelUSB 2.0, RJ45
Tray Capacity400650250375200500OKI
Toner Cartridges44444Row 14 - Cell 6
Print 2-SidedOptionalOptionalNNYY
Expansion Slots220011
Monthly Duty Cycle600009500035000300003500060000
Color abbreviations: C=Cyan, lc=Light Cyan, M=Magenta, lm=Light Magenta, Y=yellow, b = black* italics indicates an interface is an added-cost option (all HP printers also work with USB-attached external JetDirect devices)
Row 19 - Cell 0 OKI C3400nOKI C7350nLexmark C534nLexmark C772nSamsung CLP-600NSamsung CLX-3160FN
B/W ppm202624252116
Color ppm16242225214
Color Copy-----4
Black Copy-----16
Color ScanningNNNNNY
Fax ppm-----N/A
Scan Optical-----600x1200
Scan Enhanced-----4800x4800
DPI Color1200x6001200x6002400x6002400x6002400x6002400x600
DPI Black1200x6001200x6001200x12001200x12002400x6002400x600
Max sheet size8.5"x35.4"LegalLegalLegalLegalLegal
Envelope size#10#10#10#10#10#10
Other Interfaces *USB, RJ45USB 1.1, RJ45Wireless 802.11 b/g, GbE, USB 2.0, RJ45Wireless 802.11 b/g, GbE, USB 2.0, RJ45, ParallelUSB 2.0, RJ45, *802.11USB 2.0
Tray Capacity400630550600350150
Toner Cartridges444444
Print 2-SidedOptionalOptionalYYNN
Expansion Slots111101
Monthly Duty Cycle350001000001000001200004500024200
Color abbreviations: C=Cyan,M=Magenta, Y=yellow, b = black* italics indicates an interface is an added-cost option (all HP printers also work with USB-attached external JetDirect devices)
  • gorbehnare
    I was kind of disappointed to see this article completely ignores that these printers employ different Colour Laser printing technologies. In terms of the cost of ownership and cost of print per page different technologies make a huge difference.

    This information can be found anywhere and this article is only good as a list of products that are available in the market and nothing more.
  • exceltoner
    Thank you for info. Do you know if this printer is compatible with a Mac?

    toner cartridge
  • I Have owned the Dell 3110cn Printer for about 7 years and it has been the best, most trouble free piece of hardware I have ever purchased. I was completely fed up with dealing with clogged up inkjet printheads, and walking around with purple hands. I bought the Dell Laser for around $379.00 and the only thing that I have replaced are the toner carts, of which I am on my third set. This Printer is bullet proof, and as a bonus it prints very acceptable color photos in high quality mode. Mine has paid for itself over and over and over with zero problems.