What should a printer be capable of? Printing documents quickly and efficiently; it would be nice for the device, if it's an all-in-one, to be capable of scanning and printing with no issues. In short, no rocket science and such a device should not be expensive. Hardware.Info tests four attractively-priced laser printers.
Even though its purpose is quite simple, a laser printer is quite a complex device from a technical standpoint. A print is made by heating a roll on the right place, sprinkling toner on top of it and after that running the role over the paper. Quite a lot of processes are involved, however this nice technology has become much cheaper the last couple of years.
This means that you can buy a complete all-in-one device for about 180 dollars (you can get even cheaper ones, however it turns out that it's rather difficult to convince manufacturers to send such a device). If you've got modest requirements and if black-white prints are enough for you, you've got plenty to choose from within this budget. This might be a bit weird, considering that laser printers are known to be a great choice for offices, however a laser printer is also a great choice if you print relatively less. If you don't print a lot, you risk that the cartridges dry out if you're using an inkjet printer, laser printers do not have this problem.
Furthermore, toner is more waterproof than ink, which is especially useful if send a lot of business correspondence by mail. A soaked letter won't be an issue at all. In addition to that, the text of a laser printer looks sharper. This gives a more professional impression. Lastly, the prints do not have to be expensive at all, even if you use a cheaper laser printer, which means that a laser printer could be a potentially ideal workhorse for students that have to write a lot. In short, as long as you absolutely do not have to print in colour, there are enough reasons to go for a laser printer.