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Fit To Print

On a budget? Check out these low-cost laser printers.

If you're looking for a basic, no-frills monochrome laser printer, you'll be amazed at the low price tags in the stores. The cost of a simple, speedy laser printer for your PC has tumbled considerably in the past several months, with prices ranging from about $350 to $800.

Low cost doesn't mean fewer features, however. The laBODY printers are quicker than their predecessors, printing between four and eight pages per minute on all sizes, shapes and thicknesses of paper. The dimensions of these printers have shrunk, too, freeing up more desk space. For really tight quarters, Panasonic's KX-P6100 is configured as a tower, with the input paper tray on top and printouts released into a side tray.

In addition to standard-sized letters, most low-cost laser printers can handle legal-sized paper, index cards, postcards, labels and transparencies.

Some companies package printers with freebie software. Canon, for example, includes clip art, poems and quotations. Hewlett Packard bundles The Microsoft Network, Microsoft Publisher97, or AT&T WorldNet Service with 30 days free. Brother's machine comes with Surf 'n' Print, which allows users to download and print material from the Internet or online services.

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This article was originally published in the August 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Fit To Print.

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