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By definition, a monochrome printer is a printer that gives you prints of only one colour. A monochrome printer usually prints black while some other monochromes print text and graphics in grey-scale, as well as strictly in blackâ??andâ??white.

Monochrome printers are employed for extensive and qualitative printing of texts. Monochrome lasers are more efficient than the inkjets in terms of their monthly duty cycles, except for printing photos. Laser monochrome printers offer an output of atleast 600 dpi for smoother gradients, cleaner graphics and sharper edges. A user could go for a higher resolution monochrome laser for printing photos.

Monochrome thermal printers are used in cash registers, ATMs, gasoline dispensers and some older inexpensive fax machines

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Samsung Multifunction Xpress M2885FW
Brother HL-L2300D
Dell S2810dn
OKI MB492
Dell E310dw
Samsung Multifunction Xpress M2885FW
Brother HL-L2300D
Dell S2810dn
OKI MB492
Dell E310dw
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Release Date
Jul 2015
Apr 2015
Jul 2015
Feb 2015
Jul 2015
Output Type
Monochrome
Monochrome
Monochrome
Monochrome
Monochrome
Platform
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Mac OS, Windows
Printer Type
Laser, All-In-One
Laser, Printer Only
Laser, Printer Only
Thermal, All-In-One
Laser, Printer Only
Cost Per Page (Mono)
2.7 cents
3.5 cents
2.2 cents
1.6 cents
3.3 cents
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Horizontal
600.0 dpi
1200.0 dpi
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Vertical
4800.0 dpi
1200.0 dpi

  • Aimed at personal use or shared use in a micro office, the Samsung Multifunction Xpress M2885FW delivers better overall output quality than most monochrome laser multifunction printers.


  • This inexpensive mono-laser all-in-one has unusually fast print speeds, plus a host of convenience features. Our only quibble is with the toner cost.


  • The Samsung Xpress M2885FW is a good printer that's fast, compact and low in toner cost, plus, it uses NFC to print documents wirelessly from smartphones and tablets. That said, we would have preferred a larger display to make the numerous functions easier to navigate through.


  • The Brother HL-L2300D's small size and excellent paper handling—with a 250-sheet tray, manual feed, and duplexer—should be at the top of your list for a personal monochrome laser printer.


  • The HL-2300D is a fast and affordable entry-level laser with low running costs.


  • The Dell Smart Printer - S2810dn monochrome laser delivers suitable speed, output quality, and paper handling for moderate use in a small office.


  • The Dell S2810dn is a speedy mono laser that's cheap to run, with good-quality output. It’s bulkier than it needs to be, and its 250-sheet paper tray will mean more frequent refills than you’d expect for this class of printer. Even so, it represents a good choice for small-office or workgroup use.


  • A print-only mono laser, the S2810dn is a solid performer, but other lasers (even Dell ones) offer deeper feature sets for less cash.


  • The LED-based OKI MB492 can be an excellent fit as a heavy-duty monochrome multifunction printer for a micro or small office or as a medium-duty MFP for a midsize office.


  • This fast and inexpensive-to-use multifunction mono printer is well-equipped for high-volume print loads, though its lack of Wi-Fi connectivity might be a deal-breaker for some would-be buyers.


  • If for one reason or another you’re locked into laser-class output, OKI’s MB492 Multifunction Printer is a winner on several fronts, especially where it counts.


  • The Dell Printer - E310dw combines small size, fast speed, and both Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, making it a good fit as either a personal monochrome laser printer or a shared printer in a micro office.


  • This budget mono laser packs some unexpected features, including double-sided printing, Wi-Fi, and a manual feed slot. However, its toner costs are high, and the print quality for graphics and photos is subpar.


  • The Dell E310dw makes a decent personal printer, as long as you don’t print too much. If your application calls for laser-class output on a moderate scale, this little Dell can do that.


Top 5 monochrome printer:

  1. Samsung Multifunction Xpress M2885FW
  2. Brother HL-L2300D
  3. Dell S2810dn
  4. OKI MB492
  5. Dell E310dw