Let me start by saying thank you for putting your trust in our
service. I'm an Epson user and I'm sad that you don't want to use that
brand again. I wonder why? Is it the print out? The cost of the ink?
Anyway, since you don't want it anymore, let us proceed directly to
answering your questions:
(1) What is the very best printer that I can buy?
Your need defines what's best for you. This means that no matter what
"best" printer is out there, if it doesn't fit your requirements, it's
not the best for you.
(2) How much would the laser printer version of it cost?
Pardon me but this is sort of a "vague" question for me. I don't
understand what you mean by "laser printer version of it".
Since you want a researcher's opinion on this matter, I'll just base
my comments mainly on your budget and your probable need. As much as
possible, I'd like to make it a 2 for $500 deal to make it better for
you. What I mean by "2 for $500" is 1 colored printer to make
outstanding color presentations and nice printouts for your digicam, 1
laser printer for those black and white generaldocuments.
So as not to complicate things for you by giving you too many
websites, I'll just give you one reliable source -- CNET Reviews. I
trust CNET for their reviews and before I buy a computer peripheral, I
try to base my decision from their review. For ease of browsing,
simply press the "Shift" key before clicking on a link so it will open
a new window or right-click on the link and choose "Open in New
Window" for your convenience.
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CNET Reviews - Printers
By the way, before I continue, I'd like to remind you that you always
have the final decision. So even if I recommend something, you still
have that option to change decision. With regards to the products,
including the product description, etc., I'm in no way representing
any product or company in this answer. The material serve only to
inform you and help you to make your decision. Having said this, we
can now continue on this matter.
You can see that on the left side are printers in their respective
price categories. We'll ignore that and proceed to "Editors' top
products". Let's choose a nice inkjet printer for you so click here:
Surprise! Number one on the list is Epson. Since you don't want it,
shift your eyes to the HP Photosmart 7550:
HP Photosmart 7550
For excellent photos and good-looking general output, a good printer
you for $258.00. Choose your price here:
Depending on where you'll get the HP Photosmart 7550, you will
probably have $242.00 for a laser printer such as the Samsung ML-1450:
Editor review says it has impressive text quality and excellent paper
capacity. At 1200 x 1200 dpi output, I expect it to generate high
resolution BW/Grayscale images too. It's a good buy based on the
lowest listed price of $237.37. Choose your price here:
So if you have $242.00 budget for this printer, you would still have
$4.63 to spend on paper. :-)
You can still lower the specs, but only on the laser printer. I
wouldn't want you to waste the quality of your digital photos on some
"low quality" inkjet printer. Just choose your laser printer based on
price from the first link I gave you or choose here:
Laser Printers $300 and under
Don't worry, whatever you choose has been reviewed by CNET Reviews.
Good luck on your purchase.
You can still find more info by reading the results of the last link
top "best printer"
I hope this helps you. Should you have any comments/questions, please
feel free to post your clarification before rating this and I'll
attend to you as soon as possible. Thanks for asking.