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Viva Las Lasers

Low-priced laser printer can handle most small-office tasks.

Cheap laser printers? Sounds as likely as Elvis being alive. Well, we found a few hiding in an out-of-the-way lounge in Las Vegas, so to speak. While they may not have the brawn and production power of their bigger, more expensive laser siblings, they pack enough punch to handle most small-office tasks.

Despite low inkjet prices, lasers are still the workhorses of heavy-duty office printing. Crisp text output, speed and relatively low maintenance costs are all laser perks. Color lasers are currently beyond the sub-$600 reach of our column. If you want cheap color, you'll have to look toward an inkjet. All the laser printers we looked at come with 600 x 600 dpi "laser-quality" resolution.

If you need a printer for networking, you might want to look higher up in the laser ranks. The NEC SuperScript 870 and Xerox DocuPrint P1202 have networking options available. But if you don't need color or networking and you do need to keep the budget beast tamed, look to any of these low-cost lasers.

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This article was originally published in the August 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Viva Las Lasers.

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