Best printers for the home office

HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP CNET rating: 3.5

HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very Good)

The good: The HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf is a compact mono laser MFP that boasts a cheap price, a compact design, dead-simple installation, and quick print speeds.

The bad: To hit its low price, the HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf leaves off a few features, including autoduplexing, Wi-Fi, and a full-size paper tray. The cost: $134.78 to $249.00

The bottom line: The HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf is the company's cheapest monochrome multifunction laser printer. For the money, it earns our recommendation for its Smart Install feature and excellent value.

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If you run a busy office out of your home, you need a workhorse printer that can keep up with your output and produce letters, presentations, and spreadsheets that meet your professional needs.

There are several types of printing technologies to choose from, but a general rule is inkjet printers are a must for color-intensive graphical documents, and laser printers are a better choice for producing quick text pages. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission

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