Color Laser printer that doesn't suck

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  1. doobybiggs, Apr 3, 2017
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    doobybiggs macrumors 6502

    doobybiggs

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    I am in the market for a color laser printer that doesnt suck. Right now my Samsung CLX 3305FW $400 multifunction laser printer all in one type thing is awful! I have to reinstall it monthly because for whatever reason it forgets it is supposed to work with my imac.

    So, what are some printers that actually work with OSX and a good quality?

    Needs:
    Laser
    Color
    Copy/Scan
    Wifi/bluetooth connection
    MUST WORK 100% with Mac OSX
     
  2. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    While I never recommend HP Inkjets, consider this one:

    HP Laserjet Pro M477fdw Wireless All-in-One Color Printer, (CF379A)

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014CSKE7E/
     
  3. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    why dont you ever recommend them and why did you just now? Just curious ...
     
  4. willmtaylor, Apr 3, 2017
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    I've had too many poor experiences with HP in general both personally and during my employment with Staples. However, this is a business class device and has been highly rated in several publications.

    http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-laser-printer/#a-color-allinone-for-home-offices
    http://www.techspot.com/products/printers/hp-color-laserjet-pro-m477-mfp-series.124399/
    https://www.lifewire.com/hp-m477fdw-printer-review-2769027
    http://www.techsupportforum.com/268...-an-hp-color-laserjet-pro-mfp-m477fdw-review/

    I personally have a monochrome Brother AIO, and use online services for color prints, as it's more affordable and appropriate for my family's needs, but each to his own.
     
  5. danielwsmithee macrumors 6502a

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    I've been very happy with my Brother Lasers, neither of which are multi-function. One is monochrome one is color. I'd start my search by looking at Brother's offerings. They just work.
     
  6. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    In most instances, I'd 100% agree with you, and I'm a big Brother fan (not to be confused with a "Big Brother" fan). However, when it comes to color, laser AIO devices, Brother has had issues with some of their machines.
     
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    I have a Brother dcp 9015cdw and on wifi it's rubbish. I have to re search for it with both my iPad and mac or switch it on and off again. Only works consistently via usb.
     
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    I have an HL-L2380DW, and it's fantastic. I have ZERO complaints. It prints quickly and reliably, and the toner lasts forever. I've printed from desktops, iPads, and iPhones without issue.

    Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I doubt that ANY color laser -- with possibly a few high-priced exceptions -- is going to produce color output anywhere close in quality to the run-of-the-mill inkjet printer.

    That said, I've had excellent service from my Brother b&w laser.
    Running for years, best printer I've owned (except for perhaps the original HP "Deskwriter" from many years ago!).
     
  10. kryten42 macrumors 6502

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    I have this and am very pleased with it. Works flawlessly on macOS, even appears as a network fax.

    Color is not for printing photos though, really for that you want a good inkjet (or just go to Costco/Target/WalMart etc).

    I've had very good Brother B&W laser experience, this is my second HP Color Network Laser (pro series for both). Both have been excellent.
     
  11. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    We've had good luck with a Canon MF-8280 and it plays nice with the Mac (except for scanning, which is mostly OK except you have to walk over and press a button on the printer). I think it's been replaced with a newer model about which I know nothing.

    I really like Brother monochromes but when we looked at Brother color -- at least 2 model iterations ago -- the color output was meh. Things may have changed, but I wouldn't buy a Brother color laser blind.
     
  12. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I never installed any of the drivers that came with my Samsung laser. I just used the built-in macOS drivers.
     

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