If you regarded color laser printers with fast print speeds and high text quality as office use, then you were wrong. It has been a long time before the existence of truly personal color lasers. And they come with both the right price and size. People take a surprisingly long time to realize it. The QMS ColorScript Laser 1000 was the first desktop color laser which released by QMS in 1993. The price was a breakthrough at $12,500 compared to $40,000 or so for other color lasers at that time. It has taken 15 years from the first expensive and bulky color laser to nowadays the personal color laser.
You may against with the point that there are already printers with enough low prices available for one person to use, like $400 and below. Actually, color lasers that prices under $400 are big and heavy. Moreover, they are so big that need much room in a desk and so heavy that hard for one person to move around. Especially the weights for low-end lasers are ranging from 50- to 75-pound. What is different nowadays is that several newer models are not only priced properly for personal use-with prices as low as $200-but they are small and light enough for personal use with the greatest of ease.
HP Color LaserJet CM1312nfi MFP
Especially customized for a small or home office, the HP Color LaserJet CM1312nfi MFP provides multi-functions in a small size. It can print, scan and fax through internet, and has a 50-page automatic document feeder to handle multipage documents and legal-size paper. And it wins the point that it prints output with better-than-average quality.
HP Color LaserJet CP1518ni Printer
It has small size that can replace an inkjet on your desktop, and it has a network connector so you can easily share it at home or in a small office. It is an excellent alternative if you want truly professional appearance for output, with the best text, graphic and photo quality.
The Samsung CLP-315 is the one of the smallest color laser printers, and also the first one priced at $200 as a new model. Though it has text quality that below par for a laser, it is still better than an inkjet. Both graphics and photo quality are almost the top end of the range for color lasers.