In The Test: The Best Color Laser Multifunction Printers

A color laser multifunction printer is more than just a printer, because it can also copy, scan and fax. The test introduces color laser combos of the beginners class from 300 euros.

In The Test: The Best Color Laser Multifunction Printers

The color laser printer has established itself as a helper at the home workplace. If printing alone is not enough, a color laser multifunction printer is the alternative. It can also scan, copy and even fax. Despite the many functions, color laser multifunctional devices are now quite compact. Especially the models of the entry class can be accommodated on the desk or directly beside it.

Among the color laser multifunctional devices in the test currently use the models BrotherDCP-9017CDW and Oki MC363dn light emitting diodes (LEDs) for exposure, the remaining devices laser beam. The majority of test candidates rely on single-pass printing.At the same time, however, multi-pass printers are also found in the entry-level segment-in the test field, for example, in the Samsung Xpress C480FW. They lose their speed in color printing, because the colors are transmitted one after the other and not at the same time.

Important: Follow-Up Costs For Color Laser Multifunction Printers

Once you have purchased a color laser multifunction device, you want to use it for several years. During this time, toner and electricity are added to the paper as well as the paper.Just whoever prints and copies a lot should pay attention to the site prices. Cheap black-and-white pages produced especially the Samsung ProXpress C3060FR with 1.4 cents, but also the models HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP 477fdn and Xerox Workcentre 6515DNI with 2.4 cents. At the same time, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw with 3.3 cents or the Dell Color MFP H625cdw with 2.6 cents are well justifiable in the follow-up costs. Among the top 10 devices currently the Samsung Xpress C480FW with 3.9 Cent the highest maintenance with the Schwarztoner.

The Samsung ProXpress C3060FR is currently priced at 7.6 cents. With 17.5 cents, the Samsung Xpress C480FW again produces the most expensive color page. All test candidates have less charged starter toner. Exception: Dell Color MFP H625cdw. The initial filling is the default range. If special starter toners are on board, range of 500 to 700 pages per color correspond to low filling quantities such as the Samsung Xpress C480FW.Medium initial equipment is 1000 to 1200 pages per color, such as the Oki MC363dn and the Dell C2665dnf and Kyocera Ecosys M5521cdw. The Samsung ProXpress C3060FR is a generous first filling: the Tonerkartuschen for 4000 black and 2500 colored pages.

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw multifunctional printer has its own way: It has not only new cartridges with JetIntelligence, which contribute to a moderate energy requirement thanks to their low melting points. It also brings a standard black cartridge, which is for 1500 pages is enough and is limited only with the colors on real starter variants with 700 side range.

The Ricoh SP C250SF model is currently confusing: according to the manual, the XL toner of the next higher model Ricoh SP C252SF is to be used, which results in a good 2.0 cent for the black and 8.0 cent for the colored sheet, However, users report that the XL cartridges are not compatible with the Ricoh SP C250SF. The manufacturer himself remains silent despite PC-WELT’s multiple demand. We therefore advise against the XL toners. On the basis of the standard toners, the multifunctional machine reaches 3.3 cents for the black and 16.9 cents for the colored sheet-in the case of color it is doubled! This means that the device loses the favorable side prices and loses the placement in the top 10.

Comparison test: The best color laser printers

For a low power consumption, it is crucial that a device can be completely disconnected from the mains after pressing the switch. Currently, this is exactly the case for half of the test candidates. The other half draws current, though usually little. The largest spendthrift is currently the Samsung Xpress C480FW with 0.3 watts. We still measure 0.2 watts for the devices Oki MC363dn and Xerox Workcentre 6515DNI. Also in the machines for the workgroup, real switches are not always self-evident, as the models Kyocera Ecosys M5521cdw and Samsung ProXpress C3060FR show, which still pull off 0.1 watts. The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn currently has the best performance at a power consumption of 0.1 watts. Proper energy consuming users during the waiting period between print, scan and copy jobs have become rare. On average the consumption is between 3 and 7 watts.

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Sound Development In The Workplace

Operating noise is also an important selection criterion for color multifunctional printers.After all, the journeys stand close to the desk or even on it. Among the test devices, HP devices turn out to be a little disruptive. Here, the fans turn off very quickly when the printing or copying process is completed. On the other hand, the larger companions can be heard by several users such as Brother DCP-9017CDW, Kyocera Ecosys M5521cdw, Oki MC363dn and Samsung Xpress C1860FW as well as ProXpress C3060FR. Here it takes to turn off the fans. Some devices offer an extra button that activates the power-saving mode – for example, the Oki MC363dn. In principle, the trend for color laser multifunctional devices is to switch quickly to the energy saving mode. This reduces the noise pollution and at the same time lowers the energy supply – two birds with one flap.

If the device is quiet for a while, it should wake up again quickly to do the next task. We test this with a text page from the energy saving mode. With 14 seconds, the Samsung ProXpress C3016FR combines the fastest. However, closely followed by the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw with 15 seconds. Also, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn and the Samsung Xpress C1860FW can only take a little more time with 18 seconds. The Oki model needs the longest time with 39 seconds.

Quality In Printing, Scanning And Copying

In addition to these factors, the quality of prints, scans and copies remains a key buying criterion. Here, breathing is called for, since none of the tested color laser multifunctional printers delivers really bad results in the test. The printing units often come from the single-function area and have already proved their worth there. The strength of the combi printer is in the text print with sharp letters and good cover. In the case of color, the multifunctional devices provide greater differences in quality. This is due not least to the printer language used. PCL 6 is the most popular variant. However, pure GDI printers, which use the Windows computer for page preparation, are on the retreat. PS 3 (Postscript) is only emulated in most cases, such as the Brother DCP-9017CDW.

The test participants also improved in scanning. The quality is sufficient for office tasks.For tasks that require deep focus, color laser multifunction devices are less suitable. The quality of the scanning unit also affects the quality of the copies. Once again, you can rely on your combiner for routine jobs in your workplace. Nevertheless, there are conspicuousness: Thus, the Samsung Xpress C1860FW can scan only borderless photos with border. This means for you: The scan must be processed further after the digitization in order to get it actually borderless – that is cumbersome. The test results in detail can be found in the test report for each color laser multifunction device. We will briefly present the test winner and prize-winner.

Test Winner: Samsung Proxpress C3060FR

In the test, the Samsung ProXpress C3060FR shows that it can handle printing, copying, and scanning in the workgroup of multiple users. This is because the multifunction printer works fast enough, delivers high quality and low costs. Thus, the combiner is also suitable for users for whom the creation of individual software solutions is not a decisive argument. For them, expandability through optional paper trays may be more important.Then the Samsung model is worth a look, even if the acquisition price appears relatively high in the first moment.

Detailed review: Samsung ProXpress C3060FR

Samsung ProXpress C3060FR in price comparison

Value For Money: Kyocera Ecosys M5521cdw

The color laser multifunction device is designed for use in the network. The decor is somewhat complicated. This could have been easier for the manufacturer to solve.However, many functions can be set up, which are useful in the office day like scanning folders or printing by PIN. Consumption costs are concentrated solely on the toner and are therefore favorable. No other consumables are to be used. You can buy the multifunction printer with fax function in two warranty versions – once with two years of manufacturing warranty, which includes the drum and developer unit, once with Kyo Life.In the latter case, you pay more for the device, but you get an up to five-year warranty, including on-site service. This can be especially worthwhile for a multifunction device in office use.

Extensive review: Kyocera Ecosys M5521cdw

Kyocera Ecosys M5521cdw in price comparison

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