Top 6 Multifunction Laser Printers

No Photos or Color, But Great Price Performance

Multifunction monochrome laser printers are the best choice for small or home offices that do not have a need to print photos or color graphics. Laser printers excel at printing text and are generally faster, more reliable, and cheaper to run than inkjet printers. If you don't need to print in color, and still want to save space and dollars by combining fax, printing, scanning, and copying functions in one machine, any of these black and white multifunction laser printers would be a great choice.

Lexmark X364DW

Lexmark X264dn Multifunction Laser Printer
The Lexmark X364DW is blazing fast - up to 35 ppm at 1200x1200 dpi with full fax, scan, print, and copy duplex ability. In addition to the USB, Network, and Wi-Fi interfaces the X364DW can scan over a network and print directly from or scan to the front-panel USB port. The 50 sheet automatic document feeder can be used to scan legal size documents. Standard paper capacity is 300 sheets which can be boosted to as much as 850 sheets with optional 250 and 550 sheet trays. The duty cycle is 80,000 pages per month. If your small business has heavy duty monochrome printing requirements the Lexmark X364 is an excellent choice.

Brother MFC-8890DW

Brother MFC-8480DN Multifunction Laser Printer

This multifunction laser printer tops the best of the monochrome multifunction printers list for home offices. It features fast (up to 32 ppm), high quality printing at 1200x1200 dpi and full duplexing (two-sided printing, copying and scanning). Interfaces include USB, Network, and Wi-Fi. It also has flatbed color scanning (big enough for legal documents), full featured faxing, a 50 page automatic document feeder with an expandable 250-sheet paper capacity, and a USB Direct Interface. There's even a high yield replacement toner cartridge available. The duty cycle is 30,000 pages per month. Brother printers have a deserved reputation for consistently being at the top of the user rankings and this unit is no exception - it is a great small office workhorse. It has been discontinued by the manufacturer, but is still available new and refurbished.

Brother DCP-8085DN

Brother DCP-8085DN Multifunction Laser Printer

What's the difference between this multifunction printer and the first one listed? Not much. This is essentially the same multifunction laser printer without the fax capabilities and wireless interface. It still offers duplex printing, flatbed color scanning with a legal-size document glass, a 50 page automatic document feeder with an expandable 300-sheet paper capacity, a USB Direct Interface and fast printing and copying (32 pages or copies per minute) – and it's network ready. If you don't need a fax machine, why pay for one?

Brother MFC-7860DW

Brother MFC-7860DW All-in-One Laser Printer

Brother's MFC-7860DW All-in-One Laser Printer can be a real bargain for your small business. It's about $100 less than all the laser printers profiled above (when purchased new) but has all of the same functions, including scanning, copying, faxing, built-in wireless 802.11b/g and Ethernet network interfaces and duplex printing. What's the catch? The printer speed is a little slower than the others at 27 ppm, it has a 35 page capacity auto document feeder and this multifunction laser printer is designed for small office use with a duty cycle of 10,000 pages per month.

HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw

HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw All-in-One Laser Printer

HP's cheapest multifunction laser printer will also serve you well if you have the patience for slower print and copy speeds (19 ppm in this case).  There’s no duplexing either. But with those two caveats, this is a fine choice for the small or home office. The printer is exceptionally easy to set up thanks to HP's Smart Install feature – meaning that you can just use a USB cable to connect the printer to a PC to automatically install it.  It has a smaller footprint than many other multifunction printers, being only 12 inches tall by 17 inches wide.  Print and scan quality are excellent and the LaserJet Pro M1217nfw has both wireless and Ethernet capability.

Panasonic KX-MB1520

Panasonic KX-MB1520 Mono Laser Multifunction Printer.

The Panasonic KX-MB1520 is perfect for a home or micro office in need of a no frills, basic multifunction printer. It prints, copies, faxes and flatbed scans (at this price there is no automatic document feeder). Print speed is rated at up to 19 ppm at a resolution of 600x600 dpi. A single USB interface is included. Paper capacity is 150 sheets. The KX-MB1520 is extremely compact and at 20 lbs mobile enough to go on the road for trade shows and other business events. If you need faster print speed (up to 24 ppm), more paper capacity (250 sheets) and don't mind a slightly larger size and price the Panasonic KX-MB2000 might be a better choice.