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Colour printers make use of toners of various colours typically magenta, cyan, yellow and black and utilize two scanner assemblies as opposed to monochromes which need just one, and are also much more expensive.

Colour printing is comparatively a much more complex process since the slightest misalignment between colours can result in colour fringing or blurring or produce streaking along the edges of coloured regions.

Colour laser printers are best suited for office use with HP and Canon dominating the market.

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HP LaserJet M553x

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn


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HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553x
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw
Dell E525w
OKI MC770+ Wireless
HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw
Dell  E525w
OKI MC770+ Wireless
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Release Date
May 2015
Jun 2015
Oct 2015
Jul 2015
Oct 2015
Output Type
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
Printer Type
Laser, Printer Only, Standard All-Purpose
Laser, All-In-One
Laser, Printer Only
Laser, All-In-One
Laser, All-In-One
Platform
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Cost Per Page (Mono)
1.7 cents
3.2 cents
3.2 cents
3.3 cents
1.4 cents
Cost Per Page (Color)
10.9 cents
16.3 cents
16.3 cents
17.4 cents
9.9 cents
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Horizontal
1200.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Vertical
1200.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
600.0 dpi

  • The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn is fast, low-priced, and has output quality good enough to let you print your own marketing materials.


  • This is a big printer for companies with big ideas. It's fast, flexible and delivers stunning prints.


  • Once past its slow startup, the Color LaserJet Enterprise M553x offers top-tier print quality at particularly high speeds. Just don't place your desk in the immediate vicinity, as the fan is just as effective at making noise as it is at cooling the machine.


  • A good fit as a personal multifunction printer or for light-duty, shared use in a small office, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw delivers high-quality text and graphics, fast speed, and mobile printing support.


  • If you're looking for a high-quality photo printer then inkjet printers still have the edge there. However, the M277dw provides excellent text quality and business graphics, and will make a good workhorse printer for smaller offices that need to produce high quality business documents.


  • This small and efficient laser all-in-one prints well and quickly, but the cost per page and limited paper handling render this an occasional-use model.


  • The HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw color laser printer is a great fit for personal or light-duty shared use, with fast speed, high-quality output, network connectivity, and support for mobile printing.


  • There’s a lot to like about the HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw, from its smart looks to its versatile wireless connection and duplex print. We’d like to see a higher capacity paper tray – or an option for a second tray – but other than that, it’s a very good choice for anybody who needs quality black and colour laser print, without a high purchase cost.


  • The Dell Color Multifunction Printer - E525w offers a low price with all the features you need in a color MFP for personal use or shared use in a micro office.


  • The Dell E525w is a neat little colour multifunction with a good feature set and easy controls. It’s only let down by its almost-prohibitive colour-print cost and to a lesser degree, by a slightly clunky mono LCD screen. In this market place, you need to consider all the options, including business inkjet, before buying.


  • This inexpensive color-laser-class MFP churns out excellent-looking prints, scans, and copies—if you can stomach the high cost per page and plain design.


  • The LED-based OKI MC770+ Wireless is a good choice as a color MFP for a busy office, with a large paper capacity and solid speed and output quality.