A Laser Printer!!! Sounds space age but all it means is that it uses toner instead of ink. Now the model I bought was reasonably priced at $150 but it only prints black/white. No color. However I found that most of the time that is all I really need! I was able to get at least 1600 sheets printed on the beginner toner the printer came with! Now I'm expecting around 2600+ on this new toner. That means I might have to buy new toner once every 8 months or so!!!!
Now before you rush out here are some things you should consider:
- Do you want copy capabilities?
- Do you need wireless
- Duplex printing options (front/back)
I wanted ALL of those options and at $150 I think the Brother HL 2280DW is a great bargain!
Amazon sells it with free shipping if you have PRIME (something I think every homeschooler needs!!) or you can do what I did and price match at Best Buy.
Now the toner is $42.99 with Amazon Prime and estimates 2600 sheets (for a high yield cartridge). A lower yield (1200 sheets) is about $30.00 with Amazon Prime.
They do sell 'off' brands for a fraction of the cost but I haven't tried those yet.
I hope this post helps you - I found that this question seems to be asked all the time on the homeschooling boards so I thought I would share my experience.