In a time when digital devices like laptops and mobile phones seem to be replacing everything we ever used for business, there’s one piece of equipment that remains indispensible: the office printer. For small- to medium-sized business in particular, the office printer is an investment that begs consideration.

The best small business printers are economical to run, meaning they’re not running up your electric bills or eating up ink and toner cartridges. They’ll also offer fast print speeds without sacrificing image quality. Ideally, you want a machine that can handle multiple tasks from multiple people throughout the day – even the smallest of small businesses will send documents from networked PCs every day. You may want to consider machines that offer photocopying, faxing, and scanning features as well to fully round-out your investment! Why buy more machines when a single all-in-one can do the job for less?

If you’re a newly launched business, it can be tempting to reach for an inexpensive printer marketed for home-use but buyer beware: although the up-front price tag may seem smaller, the overall operating costs can be exorbitant – and no one likes a surprise fee. Fortunately, there are great options specifically designed for business use that won’t break the bank and still give you longevity of use.

Finding the right corporate printers for your business doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. We’ve rounded up some of the best laser, ink jet, and all in one printers for corporate use in Manila (and beyond).

Laser Printers

Whether you’re looking for color or mono printing, the following laser printers have got you covered. Although many offices choose ink jet printers, there are many reasons to consider a laser printer instead. They may have a slightly higher up-front cost at the time of purchase, but don’t let that deter you: the best laser printers are fare more economical to run and won’t guzzle up ink cartridges like ink jet printers do.

The best laser printers are also faster, making them the idea choice for a busy office where people need to print off high volumes of documents. They’re also quieter, which is an important consideration if your printer is in a high-traffic area or situated near workspaces.

Laser printers don’t use traditional wet ink the way an ink jet printer does, and instead use a laser bream to build a pattern of static electricity based on the image being printed. The static electricity attracts a powdered ink called toner onto the page and a fuser unit bonds the toner to paper. For those of us who are less-technologically inclined, we can also say “magic”.

XEROX VERSALINK B600DN LASER PRINTER

If a print speed of 55 pages per minute and room for a whole ream of paper on board doesn’t impress you, maybe the intuitive five-inch touchscreen interface will pique your interest. The Xerox VersaLink B600DN Laser Printer is designed for heavy print loads, making it a great choice for busy offices with high print demands.

BROTHER HL-L5100DN LASER PRINTER

Compact and durable, this little guy offers surprising capacity – holding 300 sheets up to a size A4. The Brother HL-L5100 DN Laser Printer is best-suited to a bustling small business office with a high demand for black and white print. It’s light on features with no Wi-Fi capability or front USB port, but for no-nonsense needs, you can’t go wrong.

Ink jet Printers

If it’s versatility you seek, ink jet printers are your answer. Not only can you rely on your ink jet for text documents in color and mono print, many of today’s ink jets offer high-quality photo printing, labels, graphics, and more.

Ink jet printers offer one of the simplest printer designs, based on spraying fast-drying, wet inks onto paper. The printer consists of a print head holding various ink cartridges and sprays the ink in tightly controlled patterns based on the print job. The ink is directed through tiny nozzles called jets – hence the name Ink jet!

CANON MAXIFY MBB5420

Although laser is always touted as the fastest option out there, the newest printers designed for the small business are capable of making fast quality prints – and the Canon Maxify MB5420 is one of them. It’s not the most petite printer you’ll find, but that’s because it’s designed to support up to nine employees. It’s print speed of 24 images per minute for mono print and 15.5 for color combined with high-yielding ink cartridges make it an economical and efficient option.

EPSON EXPRESSION PREMIUM XP-6100

Affordable and impressively compact, this three-in-one ink jet boasts a quick print speed (16 pages per minute) and can handle all kinds of media, from glossy A4 paper to envelopes. Wi-fi Direct, AirPrint, and its own email address make it easy to operate wirelessly, and its big touchscreen and SD card reader are great bonuses.

All-in-Ones

The little one: CANON PIXMA TR8520

“Though she may be small, she is mighty” comes to mind when you look at the capabilities this compact printer has to offer. The Canon Pixma TR8520 can fax, print wireless, scan, print business cards, print photo, and do double-sided print jobs on-demand. Other features include a large 4.3-inch touchscreen and memory card slot, and the ability to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct services like Airprint and Google Cloud Print.

The Big Ticket: XEROX VERSALINK C405

If you’re looking for a substantial piece of equipment, look no further than the Xerox VersaLink C405 all-in-one. This laser printer will meet your printing, scanning, and copying requirements. With a high capacity for toner and paper, room for 550 in the main paper tray and another 150 in the multipurpose tray, you can rest assured that heavy print volumes will be accommodated with minimal downtime for refills. It photocopies and prints quickly and boasts a sophisticated, large touchscreen interface.