The Best Laser Printers For Mac Users

Diane Myers

If you use an iMac or Macbook Pro, you probably know that not all printers are fully compatible with them. That’s why, today we decided to review the 5 best laser printers for mac users. Let’s take a look at them!

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Things You Should Know Before Buying A Laser Printer For Mac

Speed

One of the most important factors when it comes to buying a laser printer is factoring in its speed. This is measured with pages per minute, simply telling you how many pages the printer can print within a minute. While it can sound very straightforward it is actually pretty complicated. Because you will see different ppm specifications for color and black-and-white prints. Also if you are a home users I wouldn’t pay a lot of attention to this since you won’t be at a rush that an office has for example. Then again don’t sacrifice about it.

Resolution

The resolution or the sharpness of the print is measured in dots per inch. This tells you how many dots of ink the printer in question applies to a square inch of paper. I consider this specification as one of the most important because it allows you to know how sharp or detailed the image or text you print will be. However, in the last few years, manufacturers have developed better printing methods and software that enhance and upscale the resolution of a charged image, so you can get great results with lower DPI specs.

Duty Cycle

This is also a very important specification you need to check out. The duty cycle number will tell you how many pages per month the printer in question can reasonably print. Also, you need this number to be well above your printing needs. For example, if you need to print about 500 pages per month you need the duty cycle to be about 800 for instance. This will assure that you don’t put unnecessary wear and tear on your printer, so it will be by your side for a longer time. This is especially important if you are buying a printer for an office.

Connectivity

In the past printers had limited connectivity, but these days you will spot different printers that offer tons of connectivity options. Including USB ports, SD card slots, WiFI, Bluetooth and so much more. Wireless printing is one of my favorite features since you don’t need to clutter your desk space with more cables than you would want. This also allows one printer to be shared by multiple devices at the same time.

Which Is The Best Laser Printer For Mac?

5. Brother HL-L2350DW

 Best Budget Option

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

We are going to kick off this list with an excellent entry-level option that will bring some great qualities to those that want a budget printer, the Brother HL-L2350DW. This interesting printer delivers a great deal of print quality for its money, fast operation, good connectivity options, low running costs, and a small body. On top of all that you should know that Brother is one of the biggest brands when it comes to printing as you will see.

The first thing I want to say about Brother HL-L2350DW is that it has a small body that is perfect for rooms or offices where saving space is crucial. I consider this one of the best features of this since it still delivers tons of features in that small encasing. It measures about 14.2x14x7.2-inches in total and weighs about 16 pounds. The Brother HL-L2350DW has a 250-page input tray with an augmented 1-sheet override slot. This is pretty much what most printers in its price range deliver. The Brother HL-L2350DW has a monthly duty cycle of 15,000 pages so you should be safe if you plan on printing up to 5,000 pages monthly.

One crucial feature in this printer is its built-in duplexer that delivers two-sided printing which is great for all-purpose printing. There are also some decent connectivity options on this small beast as it packs WiFi, WiFi direct, and USB. It supports some third-party protocols, such as the Google Cloud, and it supports the Brother iPrint&Scan, however, it doesn’t have Ethernet which can be a drag. The controls on the device are a bit simple and it consists of 7 total buttons that are very self-explanatory. The setup process is also pretty easy, just plug and play like most laser printers in its category.

The Brother HL-L2350DW has great speeds though, as it can deliver 32 pages per minute for monochrome prints. Before moving on I should mention that the Brother HL-L2350DW is a monochrome printer, so there is no option for colored prints. This is no issue for office users, however, for home users, it results in loss of versatility. I can confirm that the Brother HL-L2350DW  isn’t made for delivering sharpness or high-quality, it is designed to be fast durable, cheap, and to get the job done. It does all that, plus the low running costs are going to make anyone happy.

4. HP LaserJet Pro M15w

Best For Small Spaces

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

Next up we have an even smaller laser printer coming in from HP, the LaserJet Pro M15w. This shoebox-sized printer can deliver you great printing speeds, affordable price, great app support, and low running costs. One of my favorite things about this printer is that it works well with smartphones which we’ll talk about in a moment. The best home office printer ever made in my opinion. Let’s take a closer look.

Like I said the HP LaserJet Pro M15w is designed for home offices or micro offices. It is great for even placing in on your cramped desk. There are two trays on the device which fold neatly when you don’t need to use the printer. It almost measures as much as a single sheet of A4 paper, and as tall as your smartphone. It also looks rather good and I like how it fits into the home office design vibe, HP has done a great job with this one. There is no LCD panel or a lot of buttons, you just get three of them. That might sound bad, but it works in favor of this printer actually. Without forgetting it measures 6.3×13.6×7.5-inches in total and weighs 8.5-pounds.

It has a paper capacity of 150 sheets, which you can place on the tray that folds down on the front of the device. I found out that the monthly duty cycle is about 8,000 pages which means that the recommended number is about 1000 pages. I understand that the company has put a limited feature set to the HP LaserJet Pro M15w to keep the price low, and I find it pretty reasonable. There is no room for multiple ink cartridges though, hence the super small size. This means that this one as well is a monochrome only printer. I have to say that it doesn’t have a duplexer built-in as well.

However, the HP LaserJet Pro M15w is quite fast for its price and size. It can print 19 pages per minute, and it does it smoothly. It is a bit noisy in operation though, which might be annoying. The resolution is also pretty good at 600×600 dpi. I would recommend you to install the HP Smart App on your smartphone to get its full capabilities of the device, and I have to say it is very smooth.

3. HP LaserJet Pro M479fdw

Best For Office Use

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

The third entry on our list comes once again from HP, but this time around a high-end laser printer that will deliver you exceptional performance, the LaserJet Pro M479fdw. This printer has all the qualities to be enough for fast office life. It is super fast, delivers great quality even for graphics, has PCL and PostScript drivers, tons of connectivity options and so much more.

The first thing I have to say is that this printer is a bit larger than our two previous entries. It measures 16.4×15.7×18.6-inches in total and weighs about 51-pounds, but then again for what it offers it is not the largest. It has a paper capacity of 300 sheets that are divided between a 250 sheet tray and a 50 sheet multipurpose feeder. If you need more than that you can buy an extra 550 sheet paper tray. One thing that I love about the HP LaserJet Pro M479fdw is that it has a 50,000-page monthly duty cycle, which amounts to about 5,000 sheets in recommended numbers.

On top of this printer, you will spot the flatbed, which is able to scan A4 sized papers and the 50 sheets automatic document feeder that I mentioned earlier. This one supports a single-pass and two-sided scanning. You will spot a 4.3-inch touch screen display on this device to control its functions which is pretty intuitive. There you will also see a USB port for thumb or stick drives.

Connectivity is great as you get USB, Ethernet, WiFi, and NFC as well. The HP LaserJet Pro M479fdw delivers a 28 page per minute print speed for colored prints, which is amazing. It is a little slower in practicality but then again it delivers great performance. The running costs are pretty good and the print quality is exceptional for businesses.

2. Brother HL-2170W

Best Runner-Up

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

The runner up on this list is the Brother HL-2170W, which is another inexpensive laser printer that delivers fast performance, small footprint, tons of connectivity options and so much more. It is best suited for home offices and micro offices but can handle much more than that if the need arises.

The Brother HL-2170W is a small printer like I said in the beginning as it measures 6.7×14.5×14.2-inches in total and weighs about 15 pounds.  This is great overall but in terms of design, it is not very aesthetically pleasing. However, it will fit well into any office space without any compromise. The front face of the device folds down to reveal a toner port like in most laser printers.

The paper tray of this beast is located on the front as well and it can be completely removed so you can refill it more comfortably. It has a capacity of holding 250 sheets of A4 paper, which is great for its designed purposes. I should mention that there is a manual paper feeder up top that can handle different paper sizes, including Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, and even envelopes which is great overall.

In terms of features, you won’t find a lot here, but there is the 32MB internal memory which allows you to speed up the printing process. It has three connectivity options, including USB, Ethernet, and WiFi.  This printer is great for its price, as it prints 17 pages per minute of texts.  The quality is also on par and I don’t think that there is anything to complain about.

1. Brother HL-L3290CDW

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

On top of the list we have yet another printer from Brother, and as we all know the brand delivers the best printers out there. This time around we are checking out the Brother HL-L3290CDW. This printer is rather fast and delivers a good print quality. IT has some interesting features such as mobile support and automatic document feeder.  Let’s take a deeper look at it.

I have to state that the Brother HL-L3290CDW is not a true laser printer, instead, it combines laser technology with LED arrays to deliver a more efficient and smaller body. This also delivers a lower running cost. The Brother HL-L3290CDW measures about 14.5×16.1×18.7-inches in total and weighs about 48 pounds in total. It is a pretty bland device, pretty much with office attire. It is equipped with simple controls and a simple two-line display that allows you to see what it is going on.

It has a sheet drawer on the bottom that holds about 250 sheets and on the top, there is a one-sheet manual override tray that works pretty good as well. The monthly duty cycle of this thing is about 30,000 pages but with a recommended monthly print volume of about 2,000 pages. For connectivity the Brother HL-L3290CDW uses WiFi, USB and WiFi direct which is okay, but I would like to see Ethernet and NFC for faster operation. IT has mobile connectivity features as well, for Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, and Brother iPrint&Scan which works wonders.

It doesn’t have a lot of security features, but it has some basic ones such as some protocols that protect your identification numbers and documents. It has a print speed that amounts to 25 pages per minute for both monochrome and colored pages. It is pretty good in my opinion and the quality is pretty good for a business-oriented device. With a low running cost and a superb performance for its price, the Brother HL-L3290CDW secures the top spot.

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