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The 5 Best Black And White Printers - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jun 21, 2024 at 02:18 pm
Best Black And White Printers

Although color printers are relatively affordable, many people only print in black & white. If you work in an office or commercial setting that only prints invoices and receipts, why pay more for a color printer? Monochrome printers often have room for a bigger cartridge, giving you a higher page yield, so you don't have to replace the cartridge as frequently. Also, the lack of color cartridges considerably cuts down on your running costs.

While inkjet printers are more versatile and often cheaper, and those with an ink tank system can often match or surpass the page yield of their laser counterpart, laser printers are usually preferred for black-and-white printing. This is because they typically print faster. With this in mind, whether you're looking for the best black-and-white laser printer for home use or to meet your office needs, you'll find a good option that fits your printing needs.

We've tested over 145 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best monochrome printers you can buy. You can also check out our picks for the best laser printers, the best printers for small businesses, and the best all-in-one printers.

  1. Best Black-And-White Printer

    The best black-and-white printer we've tested is the Brother MFC-L2750DW. This all-in-one monochrome laser model produces incredibly sharp documents. Its fast printing speed makes it great for printing large documents quickly, as it can push up to 36 pages per minute. Printing is also easily accessible from a wide variety of devices, as you can connect to it via Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet, and there's even NFC support, allowing you to connect your NFC-enabled device with a simple tap.

    Its ADF-equipped scanner has automatic single-pass duplex scanning, so processing multi-page and double-sided sheets is a breeze. It scans up to seven pages per minute; while on the slower side, it's still quicker and more convenient than scanning each page manually. Its page yield is outstanding at around 2,000 prints, and you can get a high-yield XL cartridge that'll last even longer. The drum is a separate unit that you'll have to spend extra to replace, although it's usually good for about 12,000 prints.

    Cheaper variants are available if you don't need all the features. For example, the Brother MFC-L2710DW lacks duplex scanning and prints a little slower at 32 pages per minute, but the print quality remains the same, so you'll still get sharp-looking documents. You can also get bundles that come with XL toner cartridges, like the Brother MFC-L2750DW XL, which might be cheaper than buying the cartridges separately.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Black And White Printer

    A more modest mid-range pick would be the Brother HL-L2390DW. It's also an all-in-one laser model, but unlike our top pick, it lacks ADF and Ethernet connectivity. It still produces sharp-looking documents, prints quickly at 32 pages per minute, and supports automatic duplex printing, making it one of the best monochrome laser printers we have tested. A regular toner cartridge is good for about 1,400 prints and is fairly cheap, so you don't need to worry about high maintenance costs. If you regularly need to print more than that, there's also a high-yield cartridge available that will be good for around 3,000 pages.

    Its build quality is excellent, and although it's fairly tall, it still has a relatively compact footprint, making it suitable for those with limited space. Unfortunately, this printer doesn't have a detachable power cable, so you can't simply replace it with a new one if it gets damaged. At this price point, however, the lack of an ADF is probably the most significant compromise, so ensure you won't need to scan many long, multi-page documents before purchasing this printer.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Black And White Printer

    If you want to keep your budget in check and only need to print, we recommend the Brother HL-L2460DW. This monochrome laser print-only model gets the job done quickly, pushing out 34 pages per minute, and it also supports automatic duplex printing. The build quality is impressive, and the power cord is removable, making it easy to replace if damaged. Another positive feature is its small footprint, which makes it a great option for anyone with space constraints. You get the usual Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, as well as support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.

    As for its page yield, you can expect to get around 1,300 prints from a regular toner cartridge. If you think you need more than this for your printing needs, this printer is also compatible with high-yield cartridges that are good for up to 3,300 pages. Like the Brother printers we recommend above, you'll have to replace the drum on this model separately, but again, the drum usually lasts a long time, so you won't need to do it all that often. One point of consideration is that its out-of-the-box print quality is mediocre; however, the print quality issues can be fixed with some deep diving into the printer's settings (see our review for more on this).

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Black And White Printer

    If you want a cheap printer that does what it's supposed to do, consider the Pantum P2502W. Like the Brother HL-L2460DW above, this is also a print-only unit, so there isn't a scanner. It produces nice documents and doesn't cost much to maintain because the toner cartridge lasts a long time. It takes a little longer than most laser printers to warm up, but it's fast once it starts printing, pushing up to 23 pages per minute. You'll have to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided because it only supports simplex printing.

    Unfortunately, there's an issue with this printer. It tends to push printed sheets off the output tray, which can be annoying during large print jobs, as you'll have to rearrange the prints into the right order. This issue also causes misaligned prints. While this only sometimes happens, it's still inconvenient, as you might waste a lot of time, paper, and toner. Again, this model can get the job done; you just might encounter occasional problems, especially if you're completing longer print jobs. Finally, although this printer is discontinued, you can still find it available at the time of writing.

    See our review

  5. Best High-Yield Black And White Printer

    If you have a large print load and need a printer with a high page yield, get the HP LaserJet Tank MFP 2604sdw. As you can probably guess from its name, it's a laser printer with a refillable toner tank instead of a cartridge, similar to supertank inkjet models. A full tank gets you about 4,500 prints, and you can refill the tank as you go, even during a print job. The print quality is outstanding for black-and-white documents. As for printing speed, you can print up to 22 pages per minute, but only over a wired USB connection, which is inconvenient if it's a shared printer or you don't have room to keep it close to your computer. Its printing speed drops to nine pages per minute over Wi-Fi.

    Printing speed issues aside, this printer has great connectivity options. You get USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. There's a scanner with an automatic feeder but no duplex scanning, so you'll have to scan double-sided documents manually. The main downside has to do with the drum. Although it lasts a long time, with an estimated lifespan of 50,000 prints, it isn't user-replaceable. It's also hard to access, as you need to do a fair amount of disassembly, and the drum isn't available for purchase to the general public, anyway, so you can only replace it through an authorized service provider. The drum's long estimated lifespan is reassuring, but remember that the drum can get damaged by staples or imperfections on the paper.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Brother MFC-L2820DW [DCP-L2640DW, HL-L2480DW]: The Brother MFC-L2820DW is a newer version of the Brother MFC-L2750DW. It's similar to its predecessor; it has slightly better print quality but yields fewer prints, making its cost-per-print marginally higher. However, the MFC-L2820DW also lacks duplex scanning—some variants support it, but they're hard to find in North America. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 21, 2024: We've edited the text for clarity and verified that all our picks are in stock and represent the best options.

  2. Apr 26, 2024: Minor text changes for clarity and consistency. Removed the Brother HL-L2395DW as an alternate pick for the 'Best Mid-Range Black And White Printer' as it's been discontinued. Removed the Brother HL-L2350DW as the 'Best Budget Black And White' Printer pick as it's discontinued; replaced it with the Brother HL-L2460DW.

  3. Mar 28, 2024: Removed the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w from the notable mentions because it's discontinued and hard to find. Added the Brother MFC-L2820DW and the Brother HL-L2460DW as Notable Mentions.

  4. Feb 01, 2024: Verified that all picks are valid and available. Our recommendations remain the same.

  5. Dec 04, 2023: Minor in-text adjustments to further clarify product information.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best monochrome printers for most people. In addition to testing results, we factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of our printer reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no printer is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.