Whether it is for home use or office use, printers are essential in today’s time. Not too long ago, Laser printers were much more expensive as compared to Inkjet. But in the last few years, Laser printers have become very affordable. There are good options even in the budget category i.e under 5000 rupees.
Laser printers have several advantages over inkjet printers:
- When it comes to printing text in black and white, laser printers are unbeatable. They are fast and efficient. The text even when using small fonts is exceptionally clear. So for printing important office documents, you should pick laser printers. Even students who print lot of text material, should opt for laser printers.
- As you print more, you save more. The ongoing long term costs of a laser printer is cheaper as compared to most other types of printers.
- Inkjet printers have an advantage as far as colour printing is concerned, because a laser printer with colour printing will cost you a lot more.
Below, we have picked two of the best laser printers that are available in India for a price of less than Rs 5000. We have tested both printers for about a couple of weeks, printing quite a lot of pages. The results from both were good.
Read the positives and negatives of both the laster printers before you make your purchase. For your convenience, we have also put links to buy the product from the three most reliable shopping websites in India – Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal.
1. Samsung ML-2161 Laser Printer – Rs 4500
- Compact design
- Good build quality
- Does only printing
- Easy to set up and use
- Printing speed is relatively faster than that of Inkjet printers
- Makes less noise while printing
- Takes about 1200 prints
- The printouts come out crisp and clear, the paper doesn’t jam
- Comes with the toner
- Good for both household and office purpose (you should look at higher end printers if you take a lot of printouts in office)
- Compatible with Windows, Ubuntu and MAC
- Unlike Inkjet, there are no hassles of changing the cartridges every now and then.
- Value for money
- One year warranty
- Prints only in black and white. You can’t take colour printouts.
- Doesn’t support wireless connection, which is not available in this price range.
- Printer doesn’t come with scanning functionality
- Comes with 15 amp pin, so you’ll have to do a 15 amp socket setup incase you are planning to buy.
- Average toner life, this means that you cannot use the printer after ink-filling the toner for more than 2 – 3 times.
2. Ricoh SP 111 Monochrome Jam-free Laser Printer – Rs 3000
- Stylish design and looks good
- Only used for printing and not scanning
- Easy to install
- Comes with windows driver, can easily install the drivers
- Comes with toner that can be refilled easily
- Prints 600 pages (incase you want t0 print more pages, you need to buy a bigger toner costing around 4000)
- The speed is good and the printer makes less noise
- Comes with USB chord and 2 or 3 pin which makes it easy to plug in
- The prints are clear and jam free
- Reasonable price
- Good for house use
- One year warranty
- Doesn’t print in colour.
- Doesn’t support wifi connection, you can’t expect in this price range.
- Prints only 600 pages, need to buy bigger toner incase you want to print more
- The toners are a little expensive
- Not compatible with MAC or ubuntu
|SAMSUNG ML-2161 LASER PRINTER||RICOH SP 111 MONOCHROME JAM-FREE LASER PRINTER|
|Type||Mono Laser||Single Function|
|Internal Memory||8 MB||16 MB|
|Maximum Print Resolution||1200 x 1200 dpi||1200 x 600 dpi|
|Duty Cycle||10000 Pages||10000 Pages|
|Print Speed||20 ppm||A4: 16 pages per minutes|
|Output Tray capacity||100 Sheets||10 Sheets|
|Input Tray capacity||150 Sheets||50 Sheets|
|Consumption (active)||310 W||300 W|
|Paper Size||A4, A5, Letter, Legal, Executive, Folio, Oficio, ISO B5, JIS B5, Envelope (Monarch, Com10, DL, C5), Custom (76 x 127mm - 216 x 356mm)||Bypass Tray: A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Legal size|
|Connectivity||1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|W x D x H||178 mm x 331mm x 215 mm||119 mm x 402 mm x 368.5 mm|
|Weight||4 Kg||6.7 Kg|