One of the most important factors to consider before buying a printer is the cost of ink over the lifespan of the machine. If your office regularly prints long documents, odds are you’re going to want a laser monochrome workhorse like the Lexmark T654dn. This speedy, network-ready printer can spit out up to 55 pages per minute. It sits on an expandable stack of input drawers that can hold up to 4,300 sheets of paper, which means fewer refills. Another neat feature: It can print to separate bins for each user. At $1,449, it’s a printer for offices with heavy printing demands, but it should come with less hassle and long-term expense than budget inkjet printers.
HP Officejet Pro 8500
The HP Officejet Pro 8500 ($380) is among the fastest, most efficient inkjet printers on the market. PCMag.com calls it a runaway winner for its editor’s choice pick, and CNET says it’s a “near-perfect solution” for small businesses that need to print, scan, fax, and copy. The all-in-one color inkjet is extremely fast, finishing up to 35 pages per minute in black-only mode and up to 19 pages per minute in color. The cost of ink per page works out favorably, too: about 1.6 cents per page for black-and-white and 7.2 cents for color. HP supports a free recycling program for used ink cartridges, and the scanner uses an energy-efficient LED light. It’s built to handle a high volume of printing, with a 250-sheet input tray sold separately.