The Toner Buzz Guide to Printer Brands and Models



Our guide to printer brands and models can help you determine which printer is right for you! The vast number of brands, styles and features makes buying a printer complicated. What do all those model numbers and letters mean? Stick, and we’ll help you figure it out.

Printer Brands & Models

There are many printer manufacturers, but one company makes and sells approximately half of all the printers on the market — HP.

Hewlett-Packard has a long, storied history manufacturing business machines and its printers are renowned for their durability and image quality.

HP owns half the road, but not all of it. Brother and Canon are the two next most popular brands after HP. Other major printer manufacturers include:

  • Xerox
  • Lexmark
  • OKI
  • Panasonic
  • Ricoh
  • Samsung
  • Sharp

Here’s a closer look at each brand.

brother logo


Headquarters: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Number of Employees: 41,653

Summary: Established in 1908, Brother makes printers, all-in-one machines, scanners, and fax machines, as well as sewing and embroidery machines, label makers and QL series label printers.

Products: printers, printer supplies, computers, fax machines, industrial sewing machines, electronic typewriters, knitting machines, domestic appliances, machine tools

Printer Product Lines: DCP Series, HL Series, IntelliFax, MFC Series

Popular Brother Printers: 

Popular Brother Toner Cartridges:

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canon logo


Headquarters: Ota, Tokyo, Japan

Number of Employees: 180,775

Summary: Started in 1933 as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory in Japan, Canon pioneered 35mm film camera manufacturing. 

Canon was the principal maker of the print engines found in industry-standard laser printers for many years.

Products: printers, printer supplies, cameras, photocopiers, camcorders, scanners, lenses, LCD's, ophthalmic instruments, magnetic heads, micro motors

Printer Product Lines: BJ Series, BJC Series, Color imageRUNNER, Fax Series, FaxPhone, FC Series, GP Series, i-SENSYS, imageCLASS

Popular Canon Printers:

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Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, US

Number of Employees: 60,200

Summary: Bill Hewlett and David Packard started their business in a one-car garage in Palo Alto, California in 1939. Today HP continues to innovate and reinvent the world of information technology. 

HP LaserJet printers, introduced in the 1980s, where the world’s first desktop laser printers, and HP has continued to develop printers for a wide variety of applications.

Products: printers, printer supplies, software products, converged cloud products, cameras, scanners, computers, mobile phones, servers

Printer Product Lines: LaserJet, LaserJet Pro, LaserJet Enterprise, LaserJet Enterprise Flow, Color LaserJet, Color LaserJet Pro, Color LaserJet Enterprise, Color LaserJet Enterprise Flow, Color LaserJet Managed, Color LaserJet Managed Flow, Business InkJet, Color Copier, DesignJet, DeskJet, Fax, OfficeJet, OfficeJet Pro, PhotoSmart, PSC

Popular Printers: 

Popular Toner Cartridges:

See all available HP cartridges on our HP toner page.

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lexmark logo


Headquarters: Lexington, Kentucky, US

Number of Employees: 8,174

Summary: Lexmark was born In March 1991 when business machine giant IBM sold off its printer and printer-supply business. 

Lexmark printers have earned a reputation as some of the finest imaging machines in the industry, offering high-quality prints with cost-effective toner consumption.

Products: printers, printer supplies, management systems

Printer Product Lines: All In One, C Series, CS Series, CX Series, E Series, Formsprinter, JetPrinter, MS Series, MX Series, OfficeEdge, Optra, P Series, T Series, W Series, X Series, Z Series

Popular Lexmark Printers:

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oki logo


Headquarters: Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Number of Employees: 4,802

Summary: Oki manufactured the first telephone in Japan in 1881, gradually transforming itself into an electronics company from the second half of 1960s into the 1970s. 

Oki Data Americas can be traced back to 1972 when two Philadelphia entrepreneurs and Japanese customer Oki Electric collaborated to develop information technology products. Oki Printers earn high praise for durability and image quality.

Products: printers, printer supplies, info-telecom systems, ATM's

Printer Product Lines: B Series, C Series, CM Series, CX Series, MB Series, MC Series, Microline, ML Series, OkiFax, OkiOffice, OkiPage, OL Series, Pacemark, ProColor

Popular OKI Printers: 

Popular OKI Toner Cartridges: 

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panasonic logo


Headquarters: Kadoma, Osaka, Japan

Number of Employees: 240,198

Summary: Panasonic was founded in 1918 as a producer of lightbulb sockets and has grown to become one of the largest Japanese electronics producers, the powerhouse behind such recognizable brands as Sanyo and Technics. 

The Panasonic KX-MB2061 printer has earned several “year’s best” mentions, while the DP8060 is a high-powered, high-volume multifunction printing station.

Products: printers, printer supplies, fax machines, cameras, camcorders, home appliances, telephones, personal care items

Printer Product Lines: DP Series, FP Series, KX-CL Series, KX-Fax Series, KX-MB Series, KX-MC Series, KX-P Series, Panafax Series, WORKiO Series

Popular Panasonic Printers: 

Popular Panasonic Toner Cartridges

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ricoh logo


Headquarters: Chuo, Tokyo, Japan

Number of Employees: 90,141

Summary: Ricoh is a multinational imaging and electronics company that has been in operation since 1936. Ricoh established itself as one of Japan’s premier camera makers in the 1950s. 

In 1955, the company launched its first office copier, the Ricopy 101.The company specializes in manufacturing a wide range of office equipment, including printers, copiers, scanners, and multifunction devices. 

Over the years, Ricoh’s line of Aficio printers have earned high praise from imaging experts.

Products: printers, printer supplies, cameras, copiers, projectors, facsimile machines

Printer Product Lines: AC Series, Aficio, Aficio AP, Aficio BP, Aficio CL, Aficio Fax, Aficio GX, Aficio MP, Aficio Pro, Aficio SP, AP Series

Popular Ricoh Printers

Popular Ricoh Toner Cartridges

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samsung logo


Headquarters: Seocho District, Seoul, South Korea

Number of Employees: 266,673

Summary: Samsung is a major innovator in the world of imaging systems. Samsung’s first laser printer debuted in 1990 and its first color laser printer in 2003. 

In 2013, Samsung introduced the world’s first NEC-enabled color laser, and the first printer powered by the Android operating system. In 2017, HP acquired Samsung’s printer division.

Products: printers, printer supplies, consumer electronics, medical equipment, semiconductors, ships, telecommunications equipment, home appliances

Printer Product Lines: CLP Series, CLX Series, ML Series, SCX Series, SF Series

Popular Samsung Printers: 

Popular Samsung Toner Cartridges: 

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sharp logo


Headquarters: Sakai-ku, Sakai, Japan

Number of Employees: 47,900

Summary: Sharp’s first product was 1912’s Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil. Since then, Sharp Electronics has grown into a global leader in electronics. 

Sharp laser printers have earned a reputation as one of the industry’s most reliable multifunction printers.

Products: printers, printer supplies, televisions, home appliances, information equipment, fax machines, mobile phones, electronic components, calculators, automated unmanned ground vehicles

Printer Product Lines: AR Series, CX Series, FO Series, JX Series, MX Series, UX Series

Popular Sharp Printers: 

Popular Sharp Toner Cartridges: 

See all available Sharp cartridges on our Sharp toner page.

xerox logo


Headquarters: Norwalk, Connecticut, US

Number of Employees: 20,500

Summary: Xerox built the first laser printer in 1969 by modifying one of its copiers. The name “Xerox” has become synonymous with imaging systems and copy machines ever since. 

Today, Xerox produces a wide variety of scanners, printers, and multifunction systems that scan, print, copy, email and fax, including the WorkCentre, Phaser, and VersaLink models.

Products: printers, printer supplies, projectors, scanners, copiers

Printer Product Lines: ColorQube, CopyCentre, DocuCentre, DocuColor, Document Centre, DocuPrint, FaxCentre, Phaser

Popular Xerox Printers: 

Popular Xerox Toner Cartridges: 

See all available Xerox cartridges on our Xerox toner page.

Glossary Of Printer Features

Buying a printer can look like alphabet soup. What do the letters after the model number mean?

The letters after the model number represent features specific to that printer. Use the glossary of terms below to break the code!

What do the Letters in Printer Model Names Stand for?

  • b- battery — The letter b stands for battery, which means your printer is powered by battery. This uncommon feature is sometimes seen on portable printers.
  • bt- bluetooth — The letters bt stand for bluetooth, which means your printer can print via a wireless bluetooth connection.
  • c- color — The letter c stands for color, which means your printer has color printing capability.
  • d- duplex — The letter d stands for duplex, which means that your printer can print on both sides of the page automatically.
  • e- ePrint — The letter e stands for ePrint, which means your printer can print via email.
  • f- fax — The letter f stands for fax, which means your printer can fax as well as print. Fax is typically found on multifunction printers.
  • h- hard disk — The letter h stands for hard disk, which means your printer includes a hard disk. Hard disks enable various features including the ability to schedule printer tasks, have user profiles to set printing limits, and save faxes if ink or toner is low or has run out.
  • i- imaging — The letter i stands for imaging, which means your printer is compatible with memory card slots which are used to expand the printer's built-in memory. Many printers that do not have an "i" in their model name are also compatible with memory card slots so check your printer's specs to see if it has this capability or not.
  • m- monochrome — The letter m stands for monochrome, which means your printer is a monochrome printer. Monochrome printers print in black and white and do not have color printing capability.
  • MFP- multi-function printer — The letters MFP stands for multifunction printer. Multifunction printers, or all-in-one printers, have the ability to scan, copy, and fax.
  • n- network — The letter n stands for network, which means your printer has a form of network capability, typically Wi-Fi connectivity or an Ethernet port. If n is combined with w, that means your printer is compatible with a wireless network.
  • s- stacker or stapler — The letter s stands for stacker or stapler, which means your printer either has a built-in stacker which stacks paper and enables high-volume printing or a stapler which staples printer paper together.
  • sk- stacker and stapler — The letters sk stand for stacker and stapler, which means your printer has a stack and a stapler. A stacker and a stapler are typically only found on very high-volume laser printers used in large office settings.
  • t- extra tray — The letter t stands for extra tray, which means your printer has an extra tray. Extra trays enable your printer to handle up to a ream of extra paper.
  • w- wireless — The letter w stands for wireless, which means your printer is compatible with a wireless network.
  • x- duplex, extra tray, and networking — The letter x stands for duplex, extra tray, and networking, which means your printer has these features or a combination of these features. "X" can also signify different features so check your printer's specs to clarify. "X" used to be "dtn".

Printer Model Examples

Now that we know what the letters stand for in printer model names, let's look at some actual printer models and break down what their model names signify.

Further Reading:

Rob Errera

Rob Errera

Rob Errera is an award-winning journalist embedded in the world of printers and printing supplies. Rob has nearly two decades of experience writing about cutting edge technology, business trends, and the ever-evolving industry of printing.

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