I've got the HP2200 Business inkjet and have been very happy. Seperate ink and print heads for each color. Easy to refill the ink or set up an IV system to use bulk ink. Cost to run between this and my laser is equal or slightly in favor of the inkjet. Good print quality. I bougth it off ebay and think I paid around $200 +/-.
I use two printers....one laser for the black and white forms and one ink jet for the photo pages. My software (Alamode Athena) is set up for it and it really cuts down on the printing time.
I just started printing my file copy in black and white only. Why have colored pictures sitting in a file cabinet? This has really lowered my costs and also saves wear and tear on the color printer.
Very few hard copies required by the lenders these days, almost all edi. Big, big savings in both materials and time. My postage, over night fees, and printing costs have dropped dramatically. It was necessary for me to get a DSL line for faster transmission time and that is about $50 a month more than I was spending with a dial up connection.
If you have a client who provides you with lots of work and does not have a color printer...offer to buy them one provided they give you X number of assignments a month. For less than $200 you could develop a really good customer and save yourself lots of time and money.
Like most posters here I have 2 printers: a HP2000C and a HPLaserjet 4100. The color printer gets used mainly for home use now as I finally have all my clients accepting EDI. The Laserjet I use quite a bit to print out MLS data.
I don't keep any paper docs in the file folder, just everything saved or scanned onto a CD rom. The savings in FedEx and US Postage fees this year has been tremendous.
But when I bought my HP Deskjet 950C I did a lot of research on the web. One of the things I found was the cost per page was lowest with nearly all the HP's models compared to the other brands they tested. But it still hurts to pay $100 for two new cartridges.
BTW I tried printing the whole report on the Ink Jet and ran through a set or cartidges in about 3 weeks!!
One more thing. If you looking for a laser printer look for a company that repairs printers. I found a great deal o a refurbished LaserJet 1100. They had several oder HP's they took on trade and rebuilt. The older commercial models just don't die. They get rebuilt and used and used.
I also have an HP LaserJet 2100 for black and white, and bought an HP Business InkJet 2230 not long ago. We refill our own ink cartridges for the inkjet, which saves $$$ and I buy recycled (refilled) laser cartridges on the internet for almost half of the new ones. I highly recommended spending the extra money for the Laser Jet, as the ink is so much less expensive. We were using the inkjet to print information data, Duh...... and finally realized we should be using the Laser Jet.
I replaced my fax and laser printer with a brother mfc8500 multifunction printer/fax/scanner combo. I have been very happy with this unit. Fast and easy. Still print color on epson inkjet but less and less with pdf taking most of the work now.