Single-function printers -- those without scanning or copying capability -- are a rare species these days, but a simple monochrome laser printer like the Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw ($169, £119, AU$230) is all you really need if you print mostly text documents and don't have a need for color output. The printer is fast to spit out jobs and it's great for connecting to a variety of computers and mobile devices. But printers are ultimately judged by the cost of their consumables, and the LBP151dw will ultimately cost you a lot more to refill the toner than competing devices.
The imageCLASS LBP151dw is your basic black box of a printer. You can load 250 sheets of basic white paper into the tray on the bottom, or you can also feed different types of media like card stock or envelopes into the manual feed tray.
The unit measures 15.4-inches (39.1 cm) wide, 13.2-inches (33.5 cm) deep and 9.7-inches (24.6 cm) tall, which means it's bigger than the HP LaserJet Pro P1102W and not quite as compact as the Brother HL-L2360DW, but it should still fit just fine on a small desk without taking up too much space.
There's no display on the front so you can't monitor the progress of a multi-page job, but that's to be expected for a monolaser printer. There is, however, an indicator button that lights up on the control panel if you're out of paper, or if there's a jam to clear. To that end, I never experienced a single paper jam in the few days I spent testing the Canon.
Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw
|Price as reviewed||$84, £59 UK, $114 AU|
|Dimensions in Inches (Width x Depth x Height)||15.4" x 13.2" x 9.7" (39.1 cm x 33. cm x 24.6 cm)|
|Inks||1 black toner cartridge|
|Automatic 2-sided printing (duplexer)||Yes|
|Automatic Document Feeder||No|
|Memory Card Reader||No|
|Connectivity||USB, Ethernet, Canon PRINT Business app, Mopria Print Services, Google Cloud Print|
|Paper Input Tray Capacity||250 Sheets|
The LBP151dw was designed for the economic-minded and has a built-in auto-duplexer, which is just a fancy way of saying that it can flip a sheet and print on both sides before spitting out the paper.
Here's a pro tip if you're printer shopping for an office with high volume printing needs: Be sure to check out the manufacturer's recommended "monthly duty cycle." You can usually find the number hidden within the long list of specifications for any particular model, and it tells you the maximum amount of pages you can print per month. In this case, the LBP151dw can output 15,000 pages a month -- by comparison, the similarly priced Brother HL-L2360DW is only rated at 10,000.