HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2013: Editor's Choice - Part 2


Best SOHO Mono Laser MFP

Best SOHO Mono Laser MFP

It's definitely handy to be able to print in color, but if all you print are monochrome documents, then perhaps it's wiser to invest in a quality mono laser printer. Laser printers are especially useful for printing high volumes of documents, thanks to their fast print speeds, high text print quality, and high duty cycle, compared to inkjet printers. For this category, we shortlisted four multifunction printers (MFPs) designed for SOHO and small business use. Besides print, copy, scan, and fax functions, these four MFPs also come with network support and a duplex automatic document feeder (DADF).

Nominees: 

 

  • Brother MFC-8910DW
  • Canon Imageclass MF4890dw
  • Fuji Xerox DocuPrint M355 df
  • HP LaserJet Pro M425dw

 

And the Winner Is...

Speed and text print quality matter most for a laser printer that's used in the office. And these are the areas where the Fuji Xerox DocuPrint M355 df excels. Be it print (even for duplex) or copy, the DP M355 df ranked one of the fastest consistently. If speed is your only consideration, the Brother MFC-8910DW is a speed demon, as it easily achieved 40ppm, as opposed to M355 df's 35ppm. But the latter's print quality sports more finesse for quite a bit less money. Its copy quality was deemed to be good too, as it produced duplicates that weren't far off the originals. Also, it topped the charts at both document and photo print scans. This is certainly good news for users who prefer to archive their stuff than to print them out. When the DP M355 was first launched in August last year, it was lacking in terms of mobile printing options. But the latest Print Utility for iOS app is now updated to support it, so that you can print webpages, photos, and PDF/DocuWorks documents from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Considering what it's capable of at just S$659, the Fuji Xerox DP M355 df is an easy recommendation. The only feature that we hope it'd have is built-in Wi-Fi support (it does support wired LAN though).

Copy Quality

 

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Brother MFC-
8910DW
Canon Imageclass MF4890dw Fuji Xerox
DocuPrint M355 df
HP LaserJet
Pro M425dw
Design 7.0 7.5 7.0 7.5
Features 7.5 7.5 7.0 7.5
Print Speed 8.0 7.0 7.5 7.0
Print Quality 7.0 7.5 8.0 7.0
Value 7.0 7.0 7.5 7.0
Overall 7.5 7.5 8.0 7.0
Price S$1,088 S$549 S$659 S$1,099

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.