Despite the growing popularity of network electrographic printers, people are still highly interested in personal printing devices which are affordable (the most popular models are priced within $100-200 range) and require inexpensive supplies.
Other factors contributing to their popularity are compact dimensions and ease of use. Today’s personal laser printers have a small enough footprint to settle on the desk and don’t require a special stand. Many models have folding input and output paper trays to save more space, the most ergonomic ones even having everything inside and lacking any salient parts at all.
Before choosing your printer you should clearly realize what such devices can and – this is even more important – what they cannot do. The main purpose of a personal laser printer is to print text documents and simple black-and-white images in small volumes so if you are going to print 10-15 thousand and more sheets monthly, such a device just won’t do.
Also when the print speed is your priority, you may want to consider midrange printers since the maximum speed of today’s personal laser printers is only about 20 pages per minute.
The following table helps to compare the specifications of the printers to be tested in this roundup: