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The Best Mono Printers 2016

The best mono office printers for 2016 are listed on this page and split into the categories that matter most to you. There's the cheap and cheerful, the heavy duty office machines and fast printers all recommended in an easy to read format.

Hopefully this will help you save a good amount of money on your printing in the long run and keep your office running smoothly.

Last updated: July 2016. This guide to the best black-and-white printer to buy is up to date with your best options. If you see an older review being recommended don't fret, it's because it's still the best available printer to buy online.

Important points to note about this guide:

  • We provide links to buy the top rated printers
  • We only sell top recommended printers if we would use them ourselves
  • This guide is updated as Best Buy printers change

Tips For Buying A New Mono Printer

Do's Don'ts
Find a good printer deal and check the price of cartridges Buy a printer because it is on sale
Check how many pages a cartridge is quoted as doing Assume cheap cartridges are better value
Read user reviews online Blindly follow in-store recommendations
Consider different brands
Check what other consumables it needs - drums/fuser units etc

Key Questions:

Are you certain you won't need colour at any point?

The price of colour printers has come down and the colour printers we've recommended in our office guide are fantastic machines with good running costs. If there's even the slightest chance you'll need colour, don't take the risk, shop the whole market.

What functionality does my printer need?

Mono printers vary in features, make sure you check whether you need things such as extra paper trays, wireless connectivity, ethernet ports or a scanner. 

The Best Small Office Mono Printer

Samsung Xpress M2835dw

Reviewed on: March 2015

No, that isn't a typo, the Samsung family name for this printer really is Xpress. Yes, it is depressing to write. Silly family name aside, this M2835dw mono printer is a fantastic little machine that is perfect for a small office. With easy setup and installation, fast prints and strong print quality it ticks all the boxes.

It comes with wireless and automatic 2-sided printing (Duplex), both essential for an office environment and great features for such a small machine. For anywhere between 1,000-3,000 pages a month you'll struggle to find better value. Read more details in our full Samsung M2835dw review.

Key Features:

Automatic 2-sided printing; Wireless; Two paper trays

Perfect for you if...

You print up to 3,000 pages a month and need a solid, reliable workhorse.

Cartridges: Samsung M2835dw toner cartridges

Buy the Samsung M2835dw Printer

Also worth considering: Canon i-Sensys MF6180dw , HP Laserjet Pro P1102W

The Best Busy Office Mono Printer

Canon i-Sensys MF6180dw

Reviewed on: March 2015

This Canon MF6180dw printer is a fantastic machine for any busy office, ticking all of the boxes for functionality, ease of use and print quality, if our Stinkyink printouts didn't need colour we would be all over this machine.

You've got wireless, AirPrint, full functionality with a scanner, copier, fax, duplex & automatic document feeder, even a front facing USB for direct printing. The menu on the printer is also superb, giving you full access to all of the features and settings the MF6180dw has to offer. Do you need 19 quick-dial options? Well, you've got it here.   Get more information on the Canon MF6180dw in our full printer review.

Key Features:

Optional two paper trays; high-capacity cartridges; Wireless; Duplex 

Perfect for you if...

You're in a busy office printing over 3,000 pages a month and you need all the functionality imaginable.

Cartridges: Canon MF6180dw toner cartridges

Buy the Canon MF6180dw Printer

Also worth considering: HP Laserjet Pro M402

The Best, Fast Mono Printer

HP Laserjet Pro P1102w

Reviewed on: May 2010 (review unavailable)

The HP P1102w is a few years old now and still a top recommended printer, with HP blowing the competition out of the water for ease of use and speed of printing. When it was released the P1102w held the record for fastest first-page print speed and it is still remarkably quick, taking around 4 seconds to print a first page from standby. This speed makes it absolutely perfect for customer-facing printers as they'll never need to wait for their documents.

This speed doesn't impact quality, with good crisp black prints and accurate text/illustrations. An all-round solid machine that is perfect for a small office.

Key Features:

Very fast first-page print speed; Wireless

Perfect for you if...

You need a small office printer that is speedy and very easy to use.

Cartridges: HP P1102w toner cartridges

This printer is no longer available to buy and will be replaced with a new recommendation shortly.


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