If your business needs fast, reliable printing of brochures, stationery, invoices, reports, etc., a laser printer is the way to go and with color laser prices steadily coming down, why limit the effect to black and white? One of these top color models can save you the expense and inconvenience of using a printing service by allowing you to make your own professional quality printed documents in color. And most of these include features that a few years ago were only available in more expensive models. Here are my choices for the best color laser printers for small businesses.
1. Dell 5130cdn
The Dell 5130cdn is at the upper end of the price scale ($1000 plus) and is suitable for businesses in need of a fast, high-volume printer that is economical to run. It features ultra-fast 47 ppm printing speeds, automatic duplexing, 1200x1200 DPI high quality output, and exceptional reliability (110,000 pages per month duty cycle). USB, Parallel, and Gigabit network interfaces are included, as are 550 sheet standard and 150 sheet multipurpose paper trays (an optional 1100 sheet tray is available). Printer configuration is a snap by LCD panel or web browser. If your business does a lot of printing the Dell 5130cdn is a top choice.
2. OKI C610DN
The OKI610DN is a fast, reliable printer for moderate to heavy-duty printing chores. It uses an LED engine as opposed to a laser for greater simplicity and less energy usage. It has a duty cycle of 75,000 pages per month. Automatic duplexing is standard as is 400 sheet total paper capacity split between a main tray and a manual multipurpose tray. Optional 530 sheet trays are available. Print resolution is 1200x600 DPI and USB and Network interfaces are included.
Automatic duplexing, a range of connectivity features, and reasonable price win Brother's HL-4570CDW Color Laser Printer top spot on this list. Besides built-in wireless networking, the HL-4570CDW also has Ethernet and USB 2.0 interfaces and can print from mobile devices. Printing is fast at 30 ppm and of excellent quality at 2400x600 DPI. It has a duty cycle of 60,000 pages per month and the paper tray capacity is 250 sheets. If you need more paper capacity choose the Brother HL-4570CDWT - it comes with an additional 500 sheet tray which brings the total paper capacity up to nearly 800 sheets.
The Lexmark C544DW has a very impressive list of features for the price including 1200x1200 DPI resolution, automatic duplexing, 25 ppm print speed, and Wifi, USB, and network interfaces. Paper tray capacity is 250 sheets and the duty cycle is 55,000 pages per month. The high resolution provides superb print quality and the ColorSaver technology improves color definition and saves toner. On the downside, the Lexmark C544DW has a fairly large footprint and weighs almost 50 lbs.
The HL-4150CDN is an excellent choice in the low to mid price range. It comes very well equipped with automatic duplexing, 2400x600 DPI resolution, 25 ppm print speed, and a 250 sheet paper tray. It is Windows, Mac, and Linux compatible, and has USB and Network interfaces (no wireless). The duty cycle is 40,000 pages per month which is about typical for a printer in this price range. The only negatives are the rather large size and weight of the unit and the good but not great photo reproduction.
6. Dell 2150CDN
The Dell 2150CDN is one of the lowest priced color laser printers I have seen that comes with automatic duplexing. Print resolution is 600x600 DPI, print speed is 23 ppm and it comes with USB and gigabit network interfaces and a 250 sheet paper tray. The print quality is excellent and the duty cycle is 40,000 pages per month. At 45 lbs and approximately 16"x16"x16" in size it is larger than I would prefer, but is otherwise a top choice if you are looking for an inexpensive color laser for a home or small business office.
This is the bargain color laser printer on this list, so you don't get higher-priced features such as fast print speed (15 ppm black and white and 12 ppm in color), duplexing or a long duty cycle (30,000 pages per month). The Xerox Phaser 6010N has an LED printing engine, 600x600 print quality, USB and network interfaces, and a 150 sheet paper tray. While not recommended for high volume duties, this printer has good value and the small footprint makes it a fine choice for the small or home office.