One of the key measurements of printer performance is how fast it can print. Printer speed is generally measured in pages per minute (PPM).

Speeds for black and white prints generally range from 15 ppms to 38 ppms.

Speeds for color prints range from 12 ppms to 30 ppms.

Photo printers are significantly slower, but have made strides. Some can deliver a lab-quality print 4 x 6 picture in under a minute.

How fast a printer prints is generally listed under specifications. Keep in mind that speeds are measured in the best technical settings and may not print as fast in all settings.