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The Best Mono Printers

The best mono office printers for 2018 are all here, 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: February 2018. This guide to the best black-and-white printer to buy is up to date with your best options. 

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

Brother MFC-L5750dw

Brother have really knocked it out the park for mono printers in 2018, giving us the MFC-L5750dw. It's a fantastic all round machine that achieves the holy trifecta of easy to use, cheap to run and good print quality.

The MFC-L5750dw is feature rich. It has the essentials, like wireless and automatic 2-sided printing (Duplex), whilst also boasting an ADF and excellent cloud functionality for scanning and printing. For anywhere between 1,000-3,000 pages a month you'll struggle to find better value. Read the full Brother MFC-L5750dw printer 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: Brother MFC-L5750dw toner cartridges

Also worth considering:

Canon i-Sensys MF6180dw , Samsung XPress M2885fw (our previous top rated)

The Best Busy Office Mono Printer

HP Laserjet Pro M501dn

It took a while but our previous best buy recommendation, the Canon MF6180dw, has finally been unseated by the new HP Laserjet Pro M501dn!

Why do we recommend it? It's pretty simple. This printer mixes excellent print quality with high reliability and large capacity cartridges. Throw in automatic 2-sided printing and ease of use and you have a fantastic all encompassing package.  If you really need wireless and scan/copy functionality then the Canon MF6180dw is still a fantastic machine, if you can find the stock. Otherwise give this HP a go, you won't be disappointed.

Key Features:

Optional two paper trays; high-capacity cartridges; Duplex 

Perfect for you if...

You're in a busy office printing over 3,000 pages a month and you need a workhorse without wireless capability.

Cartridges: HP Laserjet Pro M501dn toner cartridges

Also worth considering: 

Canon MF6180dw

The Best, Fast Mono Printer

HP Laserjet Pro M12w

The HP Laserjet Pro printers have dominated the fast, simple mono printers for years now. Hot on the heels of the stupendously good Laserjet Pro P1102w is the Laserjet Pro M12w. It's a great, simple printer designed for offices that need documents quickly.

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. Read the full HP Laserjet Pro M12w review.

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.

Also worth trying

For an equally simple printer you can also try the HP Laserjet Pro M402dn

Cartridges: HP Laserjet Pro M12w toner cartridges

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