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HP Are Not the Only Laser Printers
Good quality bulk mono (black and white) printers are plentiful, but it often seems as though the market is tied up by HP and their range of printing behemoths. This isn’t quite the case – but due to their massive leverage the printer giants have been able to flood every single printer market with good devices featuring superior specifications.
Careful research will reveal that other manufacturers are also providing good mono printers for office and industrial use. Canon and Brother are just two such examples and appear here alongside a popular B/W favourite from HP. If you are looking for a photo printer check out our Review of Photo Printers under $150 or Best Buy All-in-One Printers. In this article the focus is on black and white mono printers.
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Canon ImageClass MF3240
Originally available for around $199 (but now on sale at Amazon for $90), the Canon ImageClass MF3240 is a mono printer designed to keep up with the high end HP b/w all in one laser printers.
To this end, it is equipped with special features to improve print quality, handling A4-sized paper at up to 21 ppm with 600 x600 dpi resolution, while the copier and fax functions are fast and reliable. For high quality scanning, this multifunction printer/scanner/copier/fax offers a superb 9600 x 9600 dpi.
Compatible with Windows PCs, the Canon ImageClass MF3240 features only a USB 2.0 connection, making it unsuitable for network printing without additional hardware.
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The Brother MFC-8480DN mono multifunction laser printer features Parallel, Serial, USB and Ethernet connectivity for a range of setups and is perfectly geared to network printing. Offering a maximum print speed of 32 ppm, this printer will handle a variety of paper and envelope sizes and will also print to transparencies as well as labels.
Automatic duplex (two-sided) printing is available with this system, although unlike the HP and Canon devices, the Brother MFC-8480DN does not feature Fax functionality. However this unit will act as a photocopier, scanning at 32 ppm.
USB, parallel and Ethernet connectivity is available on the Brother MFC-8480DN, offering a great range of solo and network printing options. Available for $390, the Brother MFC-8480DN can be bought online from Amazon.
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HP LaserJet 3050 All-in-One
A big favourite with IT supply and support firms, the HP LaserJet 3050 All-in-One prints up to 19 ppm and utilizes the trusted HP embedded Web server and Web Jetadmin system to allow full management of the device.
Ideal for medium to large businesses, the HP LaserJet 3050 All-in-One is a great network printer that can be printed to by members of a user group or domain. It features both Ethernet, parallel and USB interfaces and handles Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5 and B5 paper formats and can store 250 sheets.
Available for around $300 new (see Google for recent prices), the HP LaserJet 3050 All-in-One is a market leading B/W mono multifunction laser printer.