Please recommend me an all-in-one color laser printer?
September 4, 2018 2:23 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a printer that IDEALY does the following: Laser color printer, Automatic feeder for scanning/copying, wifi capable, can scan and send documents directly to laptop over wifi, can do double sided printing, and I intend to buy generic cartridge refills off of eBay. I will try to buy used, but a new price between $100 to $500 sounds about right. I think what I want is called "all-in-one, color, laser printer". Which one of my requirements will be the hardest to fulfill? I am flexible on not having everything I want if it will save me a couple hundred dollars.
posted by maxexam to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
I've been eyeing the "upgrade pick" ($400-$600 HP Color LaserJet Pro M477fdw) on the Wirecutter's review for The Best All-in-One Printer.

The scanning is double-sided but I can't find anything saying if printing is double-sided.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 2:50 PM on September 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


I'll throw my vote in for the Brother 9330CDW ($324)

The non-official refills are cheap ($65 for a full set + an extra black), and are perfectly good (We tend to buy the E-Z Ink brand). It's a bit slow getting the first page out after it's been asleep, but for the price it's surprisingly bulletproof. Software is not as horrific as HP tends to be, not as slick as Canon's usually is.

Oh, and a little tip if you do decide to pick it-- since the printer just tracks the pages printed to work out when to change the toner (no chips on the toners) you can usually easily get 100+ more pages out of each toner easily by just doing the manual reset (open the front of the printer as if you were changing out the toner, then press and hold where the * would be on the keypad-- after a few seconds you get a menu that lets you reset the toner counter to zero).
posted by Static Vagabond at 2:55 PM on September 4, 2018 [5 favorites]


https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-color-laserjet-pro-mfp-m477fdw - features include "auto duplex printing"
posted by GuyZero at 3:34 PM on September 4, 2018


Ooh. I've been very happy with my b&w laser Brother and will now be eyeing Static Vagabond's recommendation instead.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 8:24 PM on September 4, 2018


HP Color LaserJet Pro M477fdw … The scanning is double-sided but I can't find anything saying if printing is double-sided

Has to be. See the letters at the end of the model name?
fax duplexer wireless
posted by zamboni at 9:12 PM on September 4, 2018 [2 favorites]


Another vote for those Brother MFC93xx series multifunction printer/scanners -- we've got two different models at work and they're workhorses, never had a problem.
posted by AzraelBrown at 4:51 AM on September 5, 2018


as far as the Brother MFC93xx Series goes, it looks good, other than this that I found "It lacks an automatic duplexer for printing on both sides of a sheet of paper; the driver provides on-screen guidance for manual duplexing."
posted by maxexam at 7:17 AM on September 5, 2018


The MFC-9300CDW I linked to does fully-automatic duplex printing.
posted by Static Vagabond at 7:47 AM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]


as far as the Brother MFC93xx Series goes, it looks good, other than this that I found "It lacks an automatic duplexer for printing on both sides of a sheet of paper; the driver provides on-screen guidance for manual duplexing."

That's not accurate. It appears to be a modified quote from the PC Mag review of the Brother MFC-9130CW, a different model without a duplexer, hence the missing D.
The original:
Unlike the Brother MFC-9330CDW and Brother MFC-9340CDW, it lacks an automatic duplexer for printing on both sides of a sheet of paper. The driver provides on-screen guidance for manual duplexing.
That review appears to have been used as source text for a number of sketchy ad-farm sites that I won't link to, with the first phrase removed, and a semicolon added.
posted by zamboni at 8:26 AM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]


We have a Canon MFP M477fdn at work and it's been a surprisingly reliable workhorse.
posted by porpoise at 12:24 PM on September 5, 2018


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