Question Laser Printer Recommendations

Apr 26, 2021
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I'm looking to replace my wife and my cheapo 'ink-cartridge-eating' Epson and HP printers. My wife works 100% from home, and I'm 100% from home for at least the next few weeks. We really need to get a good printer/scanner in the house for both of us to use. She mostly works with 8.5x11 documents. I sometimes print 22x34 drawings to 11x17 for review and markup, so I would really like the ability to print 11x17. The drawings are illegible on 8.5x11. I'm thinking we would work with a budget up to $1k, but that is somewhat flexible. That said, we are also house shopping at the moment, so I'm not dropping $5k on a new printer any time soon. If its a nice one for $1500+, we would certainly consider it.

The printer must have the following features:
  1. Laser printer (or very efficient ink/toner printer)
  2. Multi-sheet document scanner capable of 2-sided scanning
  3. Additional flatbed scanner for items that cannot fit through the scanner roller feed
  4. Wi-Fi connectivity
The following are features that we would strongly prefer but aren't necessary:
  1. Ability to print up to 11x17, with 11x17 feed tray that's separate from the 8.5x11 tray
  2. Color printing
  3. Duplex printing
  4. High-speed scanning
  5. Scan-to-PDF without the use of third-party software
We would be printing from Win10 devices, if drivers have any impact on printer choices.

What makes/models would you suggest we look at? If it's wiser to look at separate devices (i.e., dedicated printer & dedicated scanner, dedicated laser printer & all-in-one for everything else), we would be open to that as well.
 
Apr 26, 2021
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Take a look at Xerox, they are very good at large format and multi-path printers.
After some discussion on other boards, I gave up on the 11x17 printing and decided to order a Brother MFC-L2710DW from Best Buy for only $200. Meets most of my main needs, and only costs $200!
 

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After some discussion on other boards, I gave up on the 11x17 printing and decided to order a Brother MFC-L2710DW from Best Buy for only $200. Meets most of my main needs, and only costs $200!
Except for the 11x17, the brother MFC-L3770CDW meets ALL of your requirements.
I have one.
More expensive than your $200, though.
 
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Except for the 11x17, the brother MFC-L3770CDW meets ALL of your requirements.
I have one.
More expensive than your $200, though.
Nearly twice the price just for adding color though? I print color so infrequently that I could never justify it. Also, one of the main reasons I went with the 2710 is efficiency. It gets more sheets per drum, and supposedly it's just old enough to still allow third-party drums to work. So they can be had for a fraction of the price of a Brother drum.
 

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Nearly twice the price just for adding color though? I print color so infrequently that I could never justify it. Also, one of the main reasons I went with the 2710 is efficiency. It gets more sheets per drum, and supposedly it's just old enough to still allow third-party drums to work. So they can be had for a fraction of the price of a Brother drum.
If that one meets your needs, NO problem...;)
 

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