Color laser printer for the Mac - small purchase advice

CMYK color laser printer
CMYK color laser printer
The printing costs for toner and exposure unit can quickly exceed the purchase price of a color laser printer (Photo: Fotolia).

In the meantime we have reached times when you didn't have to try your luck and see if a printer was running on the Mac or not. On the one hand, there are many manufacturers who advertise their devices directly with the imprint "Mac compatible" or some manufacturers such as HP or OKI know that the color lasers also run on the Mac under OS X or macOS. That said, I always tend to buy laser printers that are explicitly marked as mac compatible somewhere.

Color lasers for different purposes

Most people will want a color laser printer that they can use in their home or small office. This usually involves printing out a photo, a presentation, an invoice or an offer here and there. Large quantities will usually be less here. For this reason, the purchase price is just as important as the operating costs, which are particularly high due to the toner and exposure unit.

Color laser for the Mac in the test

In order to offer something more than a “top 10 list of the best color laser printers for the Mac”, I would like to present some laser printers that I have found among the best in one or the other test. I would like to give a bit of information about each printer that I have read on other websites. I think you can use it to decide which printer best suits your purpose.

The best Mac color lasers with rating and comment

Here is the list of the [color laser printer-> color laser printer] that I have shortlisted. The order does not mean anything, because it is arbitrary and all the printers that are mentioned here have done very well in any case - either in a test or in the customer rating on Amazon.

Brother HL-4150CDNG1
This Brother printer has already made a very positive impression in the PC Magazin test. The low purchase price of around EUR 200 makes it the first choice for occasional printers who still expect top print results. A toner set with all colors for 3500-4000 pages costs around 100 EUR.
HP LaserJet Pro 200 M276nw Multifunction Printer
This printer from HP can be ordered in the options with ethernet connection or ethernet and wifi. With a price of around EUR 300, it is not the cheapest printer to buy, but you get a multifunctional device that not only works as a color laser printer but also handles A4 scanning and copying. The price for a toner set with all colors for 1800-2400 pages is just under 100 EUR. The customer ratings on Amazon are quite good, only a few gave a negative rating due to the high toner costs, which have now normalized and are therefore no longer noticeably high.
OKI C822n LED A3 color laser printer
In order to offer something for people who would like to have a color laser up to A3 on their Mac, this OKI has been added to the list. The price is below 600 EUR and is therefore not as extreme as other manufacturers who offer models around 2000 EUR. On the other hand, the toner in this device is not very cheap. The black toner cartridge with a printing capacity of 7000 pages is 80 EUR while the color cartridges per color and with 7000 pages are around 180 EUR. Nevertheless, the device should be of interest to occasional printers, as the purchase itself is inexpensive.
OKI C610dn LED color laser printer
The small OKI for A4 paper also delivers a very good print result. With a purchase price of almost EUR 700, the printer is more suitable for smaller offices or ambitious private individuals - also because the printer cartridges cost around EUR 80 in black and EUR 140 in color. In the PC Magazin test, however, he was able to get first place.
Lexmark CS310DN color laser printer
This color laser from Lexmark impresses with a resolution of 1.200 dpi with duplex printing and is also very fast. Some printers take a long time to wake up from standby. Not this one. The quiet noise development was also positively highlighted by customers. Last but not least, it also offers the option of expanding it to a WLAN printer. How to do this is in the next paragraph. Regarding the toner, it should be mentioned: a black cartridge for up to 4.000 pages currently costs about. Color toner costs around EUR 1.000-50 per color for 70 pages.

The Lexmark color laser can be used with the WLAN module Marketnet N8352 make network-compatible. This means that it can also be conveniently controlled from iOS devices.

I was also able to read positive things about the Lexmark C540n in terms of print quality, but unfortunately everyone on Amazon agrees that the toner is used up faster than stated. In addition, the follow-up costs make it extremely expensive. For this reason, the device only made it to be mentioned, but not really made it to be recommended by me.

The prices that I mention here for toners and printers were researched by me today (June 17.6.2013th, XNUMX). So it may well happen that these are actually significantly different. This should always be taken into account when evaluating a printer.

Update: The current bestsellers in color laser printers

Since this post is already a few years old, but still attracts some attention, I would like to provide you with a bestseller list of mac-compatible color laser printers. I haven't tested any of the printers, but you can already see from the reviews which ones are good. And the good thing is: the list is automatically up-to-date!

77,91 EURBestseller no. 1
HP Color Laser 178nw multifunction color laser printer (printer, scanner, copier, WLAN, Airprint),...
  • Special features: powerful and compact 3in1 color laser multifunction printer, fast network printer with...
  • Print speed: up to 18 ppm (black and white); up to 4ppm (in color)
  • Print Quality:up to 600 x 600 dpi; Connections: Hi-Speed ​​USB 2.0, Ethernet, WiFi, mobile printing
189,90 EURBestseller no. 2
HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw Color Laser Printer (Laser Printer, WLAN, LAN, Duplex, Airprint) White
  • Connectivity: USB + Ethernet + WiFi
  • Color printing, automatic two-sided printing
  • No scans or photocopies will be made
Bestseller no. 3
Brother HLL3210CWRF1 Laser Printer, Color, 18 pages/min
  • Compact color printer with Wi-Fi
  • 1-line LC display
  • Also print from mobile devices using Apple Airprint, Google Cloud Print or Brother iPrintandScan
Bestseller no. 4
Brother MFCL3710CWG1 Laser Printer, Color, 18 pages/min
  • Compact 4-in-1 color multifunction device with WLAN
  • 9,3 cm touch screen color display
  • Also print from mobile devices using Apple Airprint, Google Cloud Print or Brother iPrintandScan
32,90 EURBestseller no. 5
HP LaserJet MFP M140we laser printer, mono laser 3-in1, 6 months free printing with HP Instant Ink...
  • With HP+ you get a 6-month trial of Instant Ink and other benefits; The 6-month HP Instant Ink trial includes up to...
  • Special features: the smallest laser printer in its class; Compact with fast black and white printing, especially...
  • Print speed up to 20 pages per minute, print resolution up to 600 x 600 dpi, 150-sheet paper tray


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5 comments on “Color laser printers for the Mac – small purchase advice”

  1. Very interesting report I will probably opt for the HP LaserJet Pro 200, until now always had HP printers and have always done well with it! I like the site I will probably stop by here more often :-)!

  2. The Epson AcuLaser C9300N is currently also available for around 1.400 euros, but nowhere can I find a test from the point of view of a creative person.

    1. Yes, unfortunately I could not find a “private” test report either. Only pseudo test portals, which ultimately have no real test reports. Too bad.

  3. Unfortunately, after a long research here and on the net, I have not found anything regarding my problem.
    I bought an HP ColorLaserjet M254dw. Now I have bought 200g of photo paper to test the results as a photo print.

    When it comes to the print quality setting, I cannot move the slider to optimal quality. The controller always jumps back to normal. No matter what type of paper I choose (e.g. Glossy). The toner levels are all around 70%.

    Does anyone have any idea why this could be?

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