- Aug 15, 2008
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My beloved office-grade Lexmark finally died a little while ago...Bumping an old thread. What do you all recommend in 2020?
We'd prefer a laser printer. The wirecutter recommends the HP M255dw, but the HP M454dw is on sale now for about the same price.
Both are a little pricey for our needs, but I'd like this to last for at least 10 years or so. I also would consider the lower priced Brother they recommend, or something similar, if people think they'd be durable.
I bought the b&w Brother recommended by wirecutter and thought the print quality looked awful. I'm sure I simply have higher standards than them, but laser printers should be 100% crisp and clear, and it just didn't look that way. Returned immediately. Anytime people say they like that thing, I assume their eyes are no good.
Ended up with an HP Laserjet Pro M118dw. (although I notice most printers are either out of stock or have gone up in price now that everyone is at home...I paid $99 but it is now full MSRP of $129, same seems to be true of the Brother).
As long as you don't need color, this seems good. It prints doublesided and has networking built in. Quality seems good, and speed/capacity/etc. is fine for home use. Wireless seems a little flakey (from the reviews, it seems like every single wireless printer is only OK) so I have an Ethernet cable plugged in, but it was working when I tested it on wireless.
I didn't want to spend the extra money on color--which also means your printer now has 4 separate toner cartridges to deal with and more moving parts. Figured I have color laser printers at the office and lasers aren't good for photos or anything else I would really want to print in color at home. Pretty much just papers to read, shipping labels, PDF tickets, etc.