Good morning Roger,
Since you mentioned the printer you are looking to purchase would be used in a home office environment, I would offer one recommendation (even though this is an all-in-one type printer; i.e. printer, scanner, copier [no fax]
I personally use the Canon Pixma MP495 AIO color inkjet printer
. It was acquired new, direct from Canon. The cost was less than $100.00. The printer can accomodate both standard-fill Canon color & black ink cartridges or the larger capacity ones. (The printer does come with standard-fill color and black ink cartridges). Print quality is adjustable (i.e. fast print, normal print, high quality, & a custom setting); Within the user interface, you can also select (from a list
) what medium you are printing on (e.g. 8.5" x 11" paper, envelopes, etc).
It is easy to use and I've experienced no problems with it thus far. It comes with a 1-year warranty. As for the ink costs...at a local Staples store here, the large capacity
color cartridge retails for $28.29. The black cartridge does cost less, but I do not recall the exact price. (Cartridges can also be ordered direct from Canon).
I'm sure other more knowledgeable forum members will stop by and provide their own recommendations.Regards & best wishes for a happy New Year
Edited by spc3rd, 03 January 2012 - 09:29 AM.