Laser Printers for Macintosh

For lowest cost per page - nothing beats a Mac compatable laser printer for affordable, high-volume and high-speed black and white or color printing needs.

Even if you own a color-inkjet - many Apple computer users want more flexibility when it comes to high-volume document printing. Especially if you run a Mac based small home business or in larger settings - you simply can't afford to use high-maintenance, high-expense inkjets to spit out ream after ream of paper.

Black and White Lasers for Macs

Low-Cost Brother Printer

#1 Cheap Mac Laser

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Network Laser for Mac

High Volume Printing

HP's Compact B&W Laser

Wireless Mac Laser

Color Laser Printing For Mac and All Apple Macintosh Computers

More affordable and compact than ever - Color lasers now bring fast, quality color printing on plain paper right to your desktop with many options now less than $200. These can pay for themselves quickly, but like any computer accessory that uses consumables, be prepared for a bit of sticker-shock when you have to buy a replacement set all four C-M-Y-K toner cartridges.

HP Color Laser

Color LaserJet CP1025nw

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Personal Color Printer

USB Konica Minolta 1600

Samsung Color WiFi Laser

Most Affordable Color Prints

FYI: Be aware many low-end lasers (like inkjets) may only come with 'Starter' toner carts : That is to say they contain less ink than higher-capacity retail replacement cartridges will. Some manufacturers offer two tiers: 'Standard' or 'High-Capacity' ink tanks or toner carts that a savvy Macintosh user ought to take advantage of. These high-capacity cartridges usually contain 2-3x more ink or toner for only a 30% price premium.

Choosing a Laser Printer for Macs

Print volume should ultimately determine the right choice of laser printer. Personal laser printers are just that: with adequate paper trays for typically 100-250 sheets of paper. But if you're a prolific author, writer or editor - or share the printer in a workgroup, look for midrange and up printers that have larger, and additional paper trays. Many workgroup lasers are 'stackable' meaning they support upgrading to additional high-capacity paper trays underneath the main unit for higher print volumes and more flexibility in paper option choices.

Stay current with OSX Software Updates. Apple already supports a huge range of Mac compatible B&W and color lasers from Canon, HP, Samsung, Lexmark and others - Updates add new models or fix minor bugs in the print drivers already supplied with OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion.

Advantages of Laser Printers over Injet Models

Color inkjet multi-function printers (MFPs) may own the majority of today’s hardcopy peripherals market, but color lasers are continuing their long march into the mainstream. Color laser devices nabbed just over a 35% share of the hardcopy printer market shipment value going into 2010, while only making up a 6% share of unit shipments. MFP inkjets and Black and White lasers still hold the lion's share of printers bought - but color lasers are gaining ground rapidly.

You may already know how monochrome lasers use static and melt (fuse) toner into a paper sheet to create an image. Color laser printers work on the exact same principles. Color lasers use four colors of toner: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. In high-end industrial color lasers, there are four separate drum assemblies, each of which is accompanied by a different color of toner. However to make color lasers on a Mac more affordable - the approach in recent color lasers is to have all four colors use a MULTI-PASS process. Essentially, there are four toner bins and developer units that rotate around a central drum. The paper and drum complete four passes, depositing a new color each time and then the sheet undergoes a final fusing pass. You'll definitely hear more clicking and clunking from a color laser as it processes each color on the sheet.

When it comes to printing scores to thousands of pages FAST, a laser printer connected to your Mac computer will consistently outstrip inkjets. The roll of a drum just takes considerably less time than running print heads back and forth over a sheet of paper row after row. An 8 x 10, full-color photograph will average about four minutes on an inkjet printer. On a color laser, even a relatively low-end unit, the same print takes roughly 45 seconds. For archival prints on photo paper, inkjets are still the way to go - for everything else - a color laser will save you time, and money.