A good all-in-one printer can make everything easier when it comes to document management. It can also make everything move about 10x faster.
While there are a few obvious names when it comes to purchasing a speedy, reliable machine, it’s important to go in with a clear idea of what you’re looking for and, important, what you can afford. All that speed comes with a price.
Depending on your needs, here are the best all-in-one laser printers of 2019:
This Brother Compact Monochrome Laser All-in-One Multifunction printer (just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) offers absolutely everything you need for monochrome printing, copying and scanning. In addition to printing at a speedy 36 pages per minute, the Brother can hold hold 250 sheets of paper, scan up to 50 pages from the auto document feeder, and even print from your NFC-enabled phone or tablet. The color touchscreen on the front of the unit also makes management and access to all these features very easy. As a bonus, this XL version comes with two years of toner in the box.
Canon imageCLASS D1620
If you need to turn out a 250-sheet document in about 5 minutes, this is the only monochrome laser printer you need to look at. With the ability to ramp up to a blisteringly fast 45ppm print speed, the Canon imageCLASS D1620 is one of the fastest devices on the market. It’s helpful then that it also has one of the highest capacities, able to hold up to 2,300 sheets of paper with an optional second paper tray. It also has its own built-in wireless capabilities, allowing it to offer printing without being connected to the local network. If you have an AirPrint device (say, an iPhone) you can send jobs directly to the printer. Basically, if you need a workhorse of a printer that you only rarely have to think about filling, this is the one you want.
HP Color LaserJet Pro M479FDW
This HP Color LaserJet Pro is a beast of a color laser printer with a recommended average monthly output of an astonishing 4,000 pages. Beyond that kind of output, I love this HP color laser printer for one very big reason—its giant 4-inch touchscreen. With it you can program complex workflows (like multistage print jobs), connect to devices around you (with its own built-in networking), and copy or print up to 28 pages per minute in color or monochrome. With a 300-page paper capacity and 50-page auto document feeder, plus long-lasting toner cartridges, this HP is like having your own private print shop.
Canon Color imageCLASS MF644Cdw
The large 5-inch touchscreen of the Canon Color imageCLASS MF644Cdw color laser printer really sets this device apart. It might not have quite the speed of the HP printer, but it’s also $200 cheaper, so 22ppm doesn’t look like that big of a compromise. The imageCLASS device also has one-pass scanning, duplex printing and fax capability (for those doctors who still won’t accept emails as digital documentation). You don’t even have to hook it up to a network to be able to print. The MF644Cdw can create its own Wi-Fi hotspot and print from mobile devices via AirPrint. For the least expensive printer on this list, the Canon does way more than you’d expect.