Hate Your Inkjet Printer? Try a Black-and-White Laser Printer Instead.
These models produce crisp text—and savings
Some people love their cars or their smartphones, but it’s not every day you meet someone with nice things to say about a printer. In our latest CR member survey, though, we uncovered one type of printer that many consumers actually seem to like: black-and-white lasers.
In our ratings, laser printers do far better in predicted brand reliability and owner satisfaction than inkjets. If you want a printer that’s likely to work longer with fewer hassles, a black-and-white laser is worth considering.
You may associate laser printers with home offices or small businesses—and high prices—but some black-and-white laser printers are very affordable, and they can be attractive for everyday use. Monochrome lasers tend to produce speedy, high-quality text, and they’re generally more cost-efficient than inkjets.
With many inkjet printers, you’ll encounter that “out of ink” message more often than you’d like, even when the color cartridges run dry but you only need to print in black. Some inkjets guzzle ink like a pickup truck burns fuel.