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Color Laser Printer Prices

Top quality, high resolution color laser printers can streamline more office duties than ever before. Imagine the time and cost efficient benefits of a CLP capable of printing over 100 pages per minute. There are color laser printers available to accommodate any size home office or business based on volume and function requirements. Continue reading this buyers guide to learn about features and prices for color laser printers.

There are a large number of brand names and models of color laser printers in today's competitive electronics market. While shopping for the right CLP (color laser printer), speed, graphic quality, functions, required maintenance, and cost of additional equipment and supplies (i.e. replacement drum units, fuser/transfer assemblies, and toner cartridges) are all top considerations. Tasks and functions, once only manageable with the most elite office printers, are now commonly obtainable with a greater number of multifunctional color laser printers.

What to Know About the Best Printers

  • Ask CLP manufacturer representatives about the "life expectancy" of the printer, printer parts, and all other related supplies. This will be based, not on a specific length of time, but the time span of expected page production.
  • Also ask vendors about specific product costs including replacement parts and supplies, especially since these vary so widely between brands and models.
  • "DPI" or dots per inch is critical information. It largely determines the accuracy and quality of print. Ultimately, the higher the dpi, the clearer and crisper print and/or imaging you can expect. Ask vendors to supply you with print samples to help determine the dpi that meets your specific printing needs.
  • Note the RAM (memory) capabilities. Know up front if it is expandable, especially if you are in the market for a printer that offers more complex printing functions.
  • Used color laser printers are available. They are refurbished (thoroughly cleaned and tested) and often cost less than new units.
  • Multifunction color laser printers offer additional features such as scanning, copying, and faxing.
  • A typical warranty for a new CLP is one year. Sometimes used printers also come with a warranty which may range from 30 days to 1 year.

Color Laser Printer Average Costs

  • Low-moderate volume color laser printers, on average, cost between $95 and $350. These are usually adequate for personal home use and small home offices.
  • Mid-level color laser printers typically range from $350 to $900. They offer better print quality and faster print speed to meet higher volume demands of a home office or small business.
  • Top multifunction color laser printers are perfect for high volume needs in any size business. For the fastest, and highest quality print processes, along with a variety of other cutting edge printer capabilities (i.e. scanning, faxing, network ready) expect to pay anywhere from $900 to $4,000.

Sample Costs

New Printers- Sample Prices

  • Samsung CLP-775ND- $500-$1500; SMB Resource Group- $1071.99 + $25.99 S&H
  • Lexmark C734dn- $700-$1250; Sears- $918.40 + $22.45 S&H
  • Lexmark C792de- $1,300-$1700; Staples- $1599.99
  • Xerox Phaser 7500- $2,700-$3,700; PC Closet- $3218.95
  • Xerox Phaser 6280- $350-$900; Compuvest.com- $508.24
  • Brother HL-4570CDW- $300-$900; PCNation- $433.00 + $39.12 S&H
  • Brother EMFC-9440CN- $400-$1,100; Rocky Mtn. Computers- $770.16
  • Canon Color Image Class MF8050Cn All-in-One Laser Printer - $300-$800; BisonOffice- $556.97
  • Cannon Ir-c4080 36 ppm Color Copier Printer Scanner - $6,300-$8,800- A Matter of Fax- $8,525.25

Used Color Laser Printers Sample Costs

  • Xerox ColorQube 8570/N CLP- B&H Super Store- $599.99
  • Xerox Phaser 6180MFP/D Multi-function Color Laser Printer; copy, scan, fax- Tigerdirect.com- $949.99; 12 months parts/labor warranty provided by Xerox
  • Brother EMFC-9440CN Multi-Function CLP- Staples- $329.98 with no tax and free shipping; $417 if purchased online
  • Samsung CLP600N CLP- Pinnacle Micro- $420.44; 30 day warranty
  • Samsung CLP-670ND- Bargain Electronics (check out with Amazon.com)-$712.80
  • Samsung Multifunction CLP 670ND- Memoryforless.com- $1,131.24
  • Lexmark 26B0000 C543dn CLP- Techforless.com- $159.49; 1 year warranty- $21.00; 2 year warranty- $37.50

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