Get a Samsung laser printer for $49.99

That's the good news. The bad news is that replacement toner cartridges are on the pricey side--unless you really go the cheapskate route and refill them yourself!

Samsung's ultra-compact ML-1665 laser printer is perfect for homes and small offices. (OK, very small offices.)
Samsung's ultracompact ML-1665 laser printer is perfect for homes and small offices. (OK, very small offices.) Newegg

Inkjet printers are all well and good for printing photos and other items that require color, but for everything else, the faster, cheaper, smarter bet is a laser.

Newegg has the Samsung ML-1665 laser printer for $49.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code EMCYVYN35 at checkout. (You also need to be a Newegg newsletter subscriber.)

As you might expect, this is a bare-bones, entry-level laser--not that there's anything wrong with that. It can crank out 17 pages per minute (according to Samsung), and it delivers an output resolution of 1,200 by 600 dpi--not at all shabby.

The ML-1665 has a 150-sheet input tray, 100-sheet output capacity, and USB interface. It's compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems. Like most low-priced lasers, this one ships with a "starter" toner cartridge that's good for around 700 pages.

Unfortunately, standard-yield cartridges (good for about 1,500 pages) are kind of hard to come by, and not exactly cheap. Plan on spending around $70, unless you go the toner-refill route (which I've never done, but it looks simple enough).

It might be worth the effort, as the ML-1665 does have a couple slick features. Its PrintScreen button prints the entire contents of your screen, just like that. Hold it for 2 seconds and you get a printout of just the active window.

The ML-1665 is also one of the world's smallest laser printers, measuring just 13.4 inches wide by 8.8 inches tall by 7.2 inches deep. If there's a desk that won't accommodate this little guy, I haven't seen it.

Newegg's coupon code is good until Monday (and I'm outta here till Tuesday, FYI), but there's always the chance the printer will sell out before then. I'm not wild about the toner situation, but a laser printer for 50 bucks is just plain hard to pass up.

Bonus deal: Also at Newegg this weekend: the Iomega Select 1.5TB USB external hard drive for $89.99. The promo code on that one is EMCYVYN2. That's an unreal deal on a huuuuuge drive!

 

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