I love Inkjets for the print quality and colour but I grew sick and tired of them clogging up simply because I didn’t use them often enough. I went through a few printers, hundreds of dollars, many ink cartridges, horrible cleaning episodes, and then I just had enough. I picked up a hundred dollar HP LaserJet P1005 and I’ve never looked back.
Kudos to dad for finding the P1005. I watched his good experience with it and jumped on it myself. It’s laser and it just does black and white. But it can sit for months on end and not foul up. And when its cartridge runs out, just buy a whole new printer. Trust me, if you can afford a printer, you can do $100 every year or two. Besides, you’re paying more for ink in that span of time anyway. The good news is that colour laser printers are coming down in price. The one’s I’d trust are $150-$250 right now. If they come down to $100, the we have our Inkjet replacements.
If you’re on the fence and anxious about colour printing, just go down to the local copy/print place, like Kinkos or Staples. The cost per print is going to be much lower than if you had bought your own ink.