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The best printers under $1000 are certainly the Epson and Canon colour lasers capable of printing quality colour photos.

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HP LaserJet M553x

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn


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HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553x
Epson SureColor P600
OKI MB492
Canon Color imageClass MF810Cdn
Ricoh SP 4510DN
HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn
Epson SureColor P600
OKI MB492
Canon Color imageClass MF810Cdn
Ricoh SP 4510DN
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Release Date
May 2015
Mar 2015
Feb 2015
Mar 2015
Jun 2015
Output Type
1-pass color
1-pass color
Monochrome
1-pass color
Monochrome
Platform
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Mac OS, Windows
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Printer Type
Laser, Printer Only, Standard All-Purpose
Ink Jet, Photo All-Purpose
Thermal, All-In-One
Laser, All-In-One
Laser, Printer Only
Cost Per Page (Mono)
1.7 cents
1.6 cents
1.6 cents
1.01 cents
Cost Per Page (Color)
10.9 cents
13.0 cents
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Horizontal
1200.0 dpi
1200.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
1200.0 dpi
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Vertical
1200.0 dpi
1200.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
1200.0 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.


  • The Epson SureColor P600 inkjet printer delivers absolutely top-tier photo and graphics output, but usability issues can make for a frustrating experience.


  • Semi-pro photographers, graphic artists, hobbyists: All will find this photo printer’s output quality and extensive paper-handling options attractive, if they can manage the ink costs.


  • Photo printers typically print photos fast and documents slow. And though I don’t recommend that you print documents on this photo printer as a budget consideration, that’s pretty much how this one works, too. In fact, Epson claims you can print an 11x14-inch photograph in about 153 seconds, or two-and-a-half minutes. Mentioned earlier, this printer’s three different paper paths allow for a wide range of versatility, including printing on extra-thick, card-like paper ideal for printing elegant wide-format photos, posters, and other fine art.


  • 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 Canon Color imageClass MF810Cdn provides solid output quality and a strong feature set as a color laser multifunction printer for a small to midsize business.


  • The MF810Cdn prints excellent documents, graphics, and photos, and offers huge paper-handling options. But it’s a good value only for those who will emphasize mono output on it—and stretch the limits of its 60,000-plus-page duty cycle.


  • The Ricoh SP 4510DN LED printer is a good fit for a small to midsize office or workgroup that needs a monochrome laser-class workhorse and cares more about output quality than speed.