Where were you in 2009? Marveling at Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency plane landing? Grooving to “Boom Boom Pow” by The Black Eyed Peas? Beta-testing a new game called Minecraft?

Maybe 2009 was the year you bought a new laser printer. Did you spring for the duplex printing and networking options, which were all the rage in 2009? How is your investment holding up?

Give yourself and your 2009-era laser printer a big pat on the back if it’s still in operation. You’ve beaten the odds — the average life expectancy of a laser printer is approximately five years. Inexpensive printers often die sooner, while more costly models last longer. But if your 2009 laser printer is still cranking out pages, it’s an elder statesmen of the laserjet set. Can you blame it for being quick to fall into sleep mode, and a little slower waking up?

We take a look back at the top-selling laser printers of 2009, according to PC Magazine and ZDNet, and examine how they’ve endured…or expired. Our 2018 rating is based on customer reviews and repair reports, gauging how these printers aged over time compared to similar 2009 printers. (Hey, got a box of old toner around? See what it’s worth.)

Brother HL-2140

Brother HL-2140

Overview: The Brother HL-2140 is a small, monochrome wonder, roughly 14.5 inches square— small enough to fit on the corner of your desk— yet cranks out 22 pages per minute.

2009 Price: $100

2009 Rating: 4.8/5

2018 Rating: 4.8/5

Reviews: The Brother HL-2140 remains a small, monochrome wonder, with users singing the praises of this durable and reliable printer. No, it doesn’t scan, fax, or print in color, but it spews out warm B&W pages like a champ. People complain about Brother toner cartridges running low before their time, but overall the Brother HL-2140 is a great, economical laser printer.

HP LaserJet 1320

HP LaserJet 1320

Overview: The HP LaserJet 1320, introduced in 2004, has two-sided printing and Mac compatibility, as well as 21 pages per minute from a 14-inch-square footprint.

2009 Price: $120

2009 Rating: 4.6/5

2018 Rating: 4.4/5

Reviews: Users like this workhorse laser printers reliability and low price point. Toner cartridges for the HP LaserJet 1320 are reasonably priced compared to other OEM replacement cartridges. The lack of wireless connectivity was a drawback for the HP LaserJet 1320, even in 2009, but users appreciate the 1320’s never-say-die attitude and low running cost.

Samsung ML-2851ND

Samsung ML-2851ND

Overview: A monochrome laser that’s fast (30 pages per minute), with built-in duplex printing and network capabilities, the Samsung ML-2851ND was the best small-office printer out there in 2009.

2009 Price: $165

2009 Rating: 4.9/5

2018 Rating: 4.2/5

Reviews: Opinions on the Samsung ML-2851ND range from outstanding (“A great, straight-forward B&W printer”), to meh (“It does what it’s supposed to”). For a $165 laser printer, you can’t ask much more. Complaints include troublesome Mac connectivity, short-lived fusers, and trouble with the paper tray rollers.

Brother MFC-9440CN

Brother MFC-9440CN

Overview: The Brother MFC-9440CN is a top-scanner machine with expandable paper handling, memory, and is network- and security-ready.

2009 Price: $380

2009 Rating: 4.8/5

2018 Rating: 4.7/5

Reviews: There’s a lot of love for the MFC-9440CN’s speed, high-quality prints, and quieter-than-most operation. But common complaints include short toner life (though we found this hack) and slow speed printing page one. Most don’t recommend it for photo prints, but if you’re looking for a durable small workgroup machine, the Brother MFC-9440CN holds up well.

Lexmark C532dn

Lexmark C532dn

Overview: The Lexmark C532dn offers fast prints, excellent print quality, a built-in duplexer and networking, as well as expandable on-board memory, and up to 24 pages per minute print speed.

2009 Price: $600

2009 Rating: 4.6/5

2018 Rating: 3.9/5

Reviews: Some users praised this printer’s “crisp and clear” text, “with very little spatter and good, clean diagonals and curves.” Others felt the C532dn offered “better than usual” photo reproduction. A handful of users felt short-shrifted by the C532dn’s short toner life. (“This printer will cost you twice as much to operate!”)

 

Canon Color ImageClass MF8350Cdn

Canon Color ImageClass MF8350Cdn

Overview: The Canon Color ImageClass MF8350Cdn is a color laser-based MFP that delivers impressive speed and output quality along with the ability print, scan, and fax over a network as well as work as a standalone copier and fax machine.

2009 Price: $700

2009 Rating: 4.6/5

2018 Rating: 3.9/5

Reviews: Owners are fired up about the fast first page printing the Color ImageClass MF8350Cdn delivers, (“quick print time is a huge bonus for our office”). One user called this printer, “a workhorse that has been working hard for three years without issue,” while another claimed it is “very reasonably priced for a lot of functionality.” Not all owners are fans however. The Color ImageClass MF8350Cdn suffers from an unusually high number of technical issues, including trouble linking with Mac networks.

Brother MFC-8480DN

Brother MFC-8480DN

Overview: The monochrome-laser based Brother MFC-8480DN delivers fast speed, high quality monochrome output and all the MFP functions a small office needs.

2009 Price: $400

2009 Rating: 4.7/5

2018 Rating: 4.9/5

Reviews: This printer/scanner/fax/copier is a hit with users, especially those who switched to Brother from other brands. User J. Fox reports, “We have been using this fantastic laser printer for years and it keeps on going!” while Rebel TechSupport boasts “Brother printers consistently outperform the competition, and cost less to purchase and operate. I am a happy repeat customer who purchases dozens of printers every year.” If you need a monochrome MF laser workhorse, the Brother MFC-8480DN is a beast…the only printer on our list that saw its rating improve over time!

Konica Minolta magicolor 1600W

Konica Minolta magicolor 1600W

Overview: The Konica Minolta magicolor 1600W is a color laser for small office and home use, with high quality text and vibrant color graphics. A good fit as a personal printer.

2009 Price: $140

2009 Rating: 4.4/5

2018 Rating: 4.2/5

Reviews: The dreaded “error message” confounded many users of the magicolor 1600W, as did paper jams. Users found simple workarounds (like letting the magicolor initialize and run through a warm-up cycle before loading the paper), and, for the most part, are pleased with the performance of this modestly priced laser printer. Some users felt the magicolor was better built than comparable printers, while others lamented this printer’s lack of networking ability.

Xerox Phaser 6280DN

Xerox Phaser 6280DN

Overview: A mid-priced color laser printer for small offices or workgroups, the Xerox Phaser 6280DN color laser offers great looking text and graphics, reasonably fast speed, and ample paper handling.

2009 Price: $650

2009 Rating: 4.5/5

2018 Rating: 3.0/5

Reviews: The Xerox Phaser 6280DN didn’t age quite as gracefully as some of its competitors, even other Xerox Phasers. Users in 2012 and 2018 reportered firmware errors too costly to repair, and several users reported total printer failure after two years. Others complained about the printer’s manual paper feed option. Overall, users are pleased with this printer’s speed, print quality, and low noise level. (“It’s way quieter than our old Brother laser printer!”)

Xerox Phaser 7500/DN

Xerox Phaser 7500/DN

Overview: The Xerox Phaser 7500/DN is an heavy duty color laser printer for tabloid or supertabloid size printing (11x17 inches and larger).

2009 Price: $3,300

2009 Rating: 4.6/5

2018 Rating: 3.9/5

Reviews: People like how this tabloid printer handles heavy paper stock like a pro. The Phaser 7500/DN also gets high marks on speed and image quality. But some users complained of a lack of online and phone support, and pricey service calls to Xerox repair technicians. (One angry user headlined his review: “I’m $10K into this JUNK.”)