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The Best-Reviewed Laser Printers
If you’re looking for a new printer that’s fast and prints out high-quality papers, it’s time to consider adding a laser printer to your shopping list. But first, take a look at some of the best-reviewed options on the market. Each is suitable for home and small-business use.
Labeled an “Editor’s Choice” pick from PC Magazine, the Brother HL-L8360CDW is one high-quality printer. It’s fast, and it retails between $300 and $400, making it a cost-effective choice too. The magazine notes that this printer offers more security than previously released models, and it offers higher-yield toner cartridges. It’s also expandable. The printer is capable enough to use in a small office or business, but it’s smaller than the previous version by a few inches, meaning it’s easier to fit into your workspace. Connect via ethernet, Wi-Fi or USB.
HP Color LaserJet Pro M254dw
The New York Times Wire Cutter reviews website chooses the HP Color Laser Jet Pro M254dw as a top choice for laser printers on the market. The interface is user-friendly thanks to HP Smart software, the printer is fast and its colors are vibrant. It’s an excellent choice for printing official forms in a small or medium office. Print 17 pages per minute, along with envelopes and other paper products that aren’t standard sizes.
Another “Editor’s Choice” from PC Magazine, the Brother MFC-L6800DW can be ideal for small and medium businesses thanks to its large-scale printing capabilities. It prints at high speeds too, which makes it worth the $550 to $700 price tag. The laser printer offers an expandable paper capacity, though standard capacity is 570 sheets. Maximum capacity is 1,610 sheets. Connect via ethernet, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct. The automatic document feeders are capable of double-side scanning, which also occurs at a high rate compared to other printers on the market.
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw
Wire Cutter also recommends the HP Color Laser Jet Pro MFP M477fdw. While it’s a bit more expensive than some models at $400 to $550, it’s worth the extra cash for the upgrades, especially if you’re using it for business or office purposes. It prints, copies and scans, and it offers all-in-one color printing. Every page comes out relatively fast and high-quality. This printer is also likely to last longer than some of the other options on the market.
Xerox VersaLink C405/DN
The Xerox VersaLink C405/DN is another printer that could be great for a small or medium businesses. Its most-beloved quality is how well it prints. You can opt for higher-yield toner cartridges, and the printer offers strong security, like access control and an audit log. It also offers user authentication, IP address filters, 256-bit encryption and other features. It’s also strong in the connectivity department with over 10 different options, including Google Cloud Print, Apple Air Print, Xerox Mobile Print and PrintByXerox. Keep in mind that this printer is big and not one you can move around easily. It’s also on the higher end of the price spectrum with costs ranging from $680 up to around $1,000.
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Exam 220-1101 topic 1 question 155 discussion.
A user that works in sales is reporting that the output on each page printed from a laser printer has duplicate images. Which of the following should be performed FIRST to eliminate the ghost images?
- A. Change the paper weight setting.
- B. Replace the printer's fuser.
- C. Upgrade the printer firmware.
- D. Clean the toner drums and rollers.
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Laser printer gurus, what is causing this "ghosting" on my prints?
- Thread starter LordAthens
- Start date Oct 28, 2015
- Oct 28, 2015
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Ars legatus legionis.
It could be the electrostatics are on their way out with the EP drum, or that the transfer roller is at the end of its life. It could even be a fuser problem. Fixing it is probably not going to happen, but you can try. I'd first try to run blank or nearly blank prints through it. Print a few pixels a dozen times. If that didn't help, I'd clean everything out. I believe on those units, it's the back panel you pull off to get at the imaging components (I have a CLP-325W, yours should be similar). Be very careful about not touching toner-covered rollers or the imaging portions and use a dry, lint-free cloth. While you're doing this, measure the diameter of all rollers you see, as all manner of faults could cause ghosting. Once you know the circumference of all the rollers (after measuring their diameter, or just circumference directly) match it up with how far between ghost images on your prints. It is nothing to do with toner quality or the cartridges.
As much as I despise HP's home printers, there business class laser printers are nice. One reason is because when this starts happening (and it will), you can get a maintenance kit. A new fuser, transfer roller, and pick up rollers for the paper trays and the printer is good as new. Never had to get parts for a Brother. Is it even possible? I know that when the Brother AIO my parents had developed an issue, they called Brother and Brother just shipped my parents a new AIO.
Transfer roller or drum in my experience. Not sure if that unit has an integrated toner/drum cartridge or if it's just toner? I have the same issue with my old Samsung ML-2851ND... the currently installed high-capacity toner/drum cartridge is barely 50% used, new high-capacity toner/drum (or two regular ones) is $60. Ran a bunch of blank pages through it, even picked up some "cleaning sheets" from OfficeMax-- they helped but pages still come out dirty.. :/ I ended up just replacing the whole unit with a Brother HL-L2340dw for something like $70 on sale. $10 more for a brand-new printer.
- Oct 29, 2015
It's the drum/OPC belt (whichever the printer has). If it was the fuser, the ghosting would be every 1" or so, as the fuser rollers are smaller diameter. If the drum is part of the cartridge, then just replace that. If it has an OPC belt, then you can try cleaning the little fuzzy roller with some platenclene. That should revive the rubber in the roller, which may have dried up in disuse. Source: HP laser printer engineer for 15 years
- Nov 4, 2015
Measure the distance from the first line of ghost text to the same line of real text then divide by 3.1 It looks like that answer will be around 1.5" which should be the diameter of one of the rollers in the fuser.
- Nov 5, 2015
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[url=http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?p=30072951#p30072951:1u5jy3zh said: HellDiver[/url]":1u5jy3zh] [url=http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?p=30065819#p30065819:1u5jy3zh said: Sterling_Aug[/url]":1u5jy3zh]Measure the distance from the first line of ghost text to the same line of real text then divide by 3.1 It looks like that answer will be around 1.5" which should be the diameter of one of the rollers in the fuser. Click to expand...
Ars tribunus angusticlavius.
- Nov 11, 2015
That printer doesn't use a combination drum/toner, but it does look like it's a drum problem, despite the ghosting on the bottom of the page. If it was the fuser the toner wouldn't be bonding properly and would easily smudge if you rubbed the page. Are you using 3rd party toner? That's always my first suspect for issues like this. If you're using Samsung toner, then the drum is dirty, which seems to be a common issue for the model. Indications are they're not that easy to clean, so a replacement might be less hassle.
- Nov 12, 2015
It's the drum, as everyone has said. The drum is in the removable assembly on the rear of the unit. Disassembling this on the CLP325W (almost identical to yours) is not easy, but not hard either. It'll be a bit dirty. Just give it a good blowing (compressed air ++), make sure there's no pockets of toner in the corners of the assembly, and put it back together. If the ghosting continues (it probably won't, given that yours is barely worn at all), you'll need a new drum assembly. They're not that expensive.
- Nov 15, 2015
I have mildly used Brother that does that with a generic refilled toner cartridge. If I print everything in duplex mode, it doesn't ghost.