The best black and white printers in 2024

Best black and white printers
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It's 2021; why would you be looking for the best black and white printers? They're the exception rather than the rule these days, and while black and white printers used to be a lot cheaper than colour printers by far, there's really not very much in it now.

The question is: what do you really use your printer for? If it's mostly for printing out letters and documents, or if you largely work in mono, a black and white printer could serve you a lot better. It'll do the job, it's a lot less high-maintenance than a colour printer as you don't have to worry about multiple cartridges, and it's probably faster – particularly because black and white printers are almost exclusively laser printers rather than inkjets. 

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.