Search thousands of topics on

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Consumer Electronics  > Computers & Internet > Multifunction Laser Printer

Multifunction Laser Printer Cost

How Much Does a Multifunction Laser Printer Cost?

low costLow: $120-$300average costMedium: $300-$1,000high costHigh: $1,000-$3,000
post E-mail post Post  

Multifunction laser printers, also called all-in-one or 4-in-1 printers, print in monochrome and color, and also copy, scan and fax documents. Some have an integrated fax modem, which works like a regular fax machine. Many systems offer networking capabilities (so the device can be accessed by multiple computers) and flatbed scanning, as well as the ability to make double-sided (duplex) prints. For single function laser printers, see How Much Does a Laser Printer Cost.

Typical costs:

  • An entry-level black and white multifunction laser printer costs $120 to $300 and will print, scan, fax and copy in monochrome. These printers are suitable for home or home office use, printing, scanning and faxing small jobs only. The Brother MFC-8220[1] costs about $260 and offers a maximum monthly duty cycle (the rated capacity to work continuously under normal conditions) of 20,000 pages, prints at speeds of up to 21 ppm (pages per minute) and faxes at a speed of about 2 seconds per page.
  • A mid-level black-and-white multifunction laser printer costs $300 to $800, with a higher monthly maximum print cycle, faster output and network capability. The Lexmark X364dn[2] costs $445, is network-ready and offers printing to 35 ppm, with duplex/double sided printing at 17 ppm. It's maximum monthly duty cycle is 80,000 pages, with color scanning as well as black-and-white copying and faxing.
  • A premium black-and-white multifunction laser printer for small offices with multiple users and high volume workloads runs $800 to $2,000 for a heavy-duty device with sufficient capacity to accommodate small workgroups. The HP LaserJet M3035xs MFP[3] costs about $1,750. It prints and copies up to 35 ppm, scans in color and features twin 500-sheet input trays along with a 100-number fax speed dial.
  • An entry-level color multifunction laser printer is suitable for moderate home use and costs $200 to $500. Expect a compact machine that will print, copy, scan and fax in color. The Samsung CLX-3175FN prints at 16 ppm in black and white, 4 ppm in color, scans to USB, copies, sends and receives color faxes, and costs about $290.
  • A mid-level color multifunction laser printer offers faster output for a small business or home office. Expect to pay $500 to $1,000. The Canon Color imageCLASS MF8450C[4] costs $875, prints in color and black and white, makes copies at 17 ppm, scans to e-mail or USB, and its fax feature can store up to 1,000 pages.
  • A premium color multifunction laser printer costs $1,000 to $3,000 or more and is designed to support high volume workloads for multiple users in a small office. Expect a networked machine with high capacity paper trays and fast print and copy speeds. The HP Color LaserJet CM3530 MFP[5] costs about $2,200. It copies and prints in color or black and white at 31 ppm and offers a maximum monthly duty cycle of 75,000 pages, a flatbed color scanner and automatic double-sided printing.
Related articles: Laser Printer, Multifunction Inkjet Printer, Inkjet Printer

What should be included:
  • Starter toner cartridges.
  • Software including printer drivers and scanning program.
  • Most multifunction laser printers also include a USB cable, telephone handset and phone cord.
Additional costs:
  • Replacement toner cartridges cost $20 to $250 or more, depending on brand, yield and color. Users will get approximately 2,500 pages from a regular black cartridge, 2000 sheets from color toner and 5,000 to 10,000 or more from a black high-capacity toner cartridge. Buying a black toner cartridge with 2,500-page yield, for example, may cost $70 while a cartridge with a 5,000-page yield for the same printer may cost $120, and a cartridge with a yield of 10,000 pages may cost $200 or more. Generic brand or refurbished replacement toner cartridges can be found at a discount.
  • A replacement drum unit costs $30 to $450 or more, depending on yield.
  • Duplex units are available for some models for two-sided/duplex printing; prices start at about $50. Additional paper trays to improve paper capacity start at about $35.
  • USB printer cable to connect to computer costs about $10.
  • Vendors that offer a wide variety of laser printer supplies include 123Inkjets[6] and Amazon[7] .
  • Sales and specials are common at electronics discount stores. One-generation-old models may be sold at a substantial discount compared to the latest models.
  • Some manufacturers such as HP[8] offer refurbished multifunction laser printers at a discount.
Shopping for a multifunction laser printer:
  • Check the price of replacement toner cartridges for a specific multifunction laser printer before buying. The best value printer to buy may not be the best value to maintain.
  • PC World[9] offers a buying guide for multifunction laser printers while Cnet[10] provides reviews on different multifunction laser printer models.
  • Compare online prices from sites such as Amazon[11] or <> with those from national retails chains such as Best Buy[12] .
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News

7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

Our Top 10 Favorite Secret Menu Items
Don't believe everything you read. Those menus posted at your favorite fast food spot or coffee stand are not the be all and end all of their offerings. || Posted October 25 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts

What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


Comment On Your Experience With a Multifunction Laser Printer
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Brand: Model: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.

External Resources:
More Consumer Electronics Topics
Check Out All Costs for Consumer Electronics Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Prices Toshiba 32C120U Prices Nintendo 3DS XL Prices

Search Thousands of Topics on


Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Angiogram of heart
Paid: 55150.00
Had this procedure done to check heart due to abnormal stress test. Did not need any stents or any other procedure as everything was negative... [more]
-Pamela Garrett
Angiogram Cost
HELP: asbestos in furance - many questions
Paid: 0.00
I am renting out my home in Grand Rapids, MI and have received a notice from the city that the home must be inspected... [more]
Asbestos Removal Cost
Paid: 45.00
The clamp was annoying so it took away concentration of the tiny sting of the needle. I had just turned 15 at the the time and I've had it for almost a year and it has healed fast and never given me any trouble... [more]
Body Piercings Cost
Paid: 3009.00
Single family home... [more]
Ductwork Cost
2 half shafts replaced
Paid: 140.00
Bought the axles myself on ebay for 40 each, then had a mobile mechanic come to my house to do the work. It is not a hard job, but has a couple tricky parts for a subaru. Easier for a honda or toyota... [more]
-Subbie Giy
Replacing a CV Boot Cost
Even with insurance looking at going broke
Paid: 55000.00
Recently on a camping vacation my 11 year old became very sick. Took him to the closest hospital. Found out he is type 1 diabetic. Was very sick and had to be flown from Rock Springs WY, to Salt Lake City, UT. 185 mile on the ground... [more]
-Broke and confused.
Air Ambulance Cost