Our Recommendation and Advice:
I recommend HP printers almost exclusively. It has been my experience that especially those in the $100-200 range tend to be very good for office application, most of the time they install with ease, and when carefully selected, they will work well for a good long life. There are exceptions, so that's where the reviews at Newegg are very handy.
After your initial investment, laser will be less expensive on a per copy basis. If you need color, inkjet is going to be your best option as a desktop printer. My opinion is mostly based on footprint (Presuming you want to use your desk to work too;-) The Color Lasers too are a bigger bite out of the budget than can be justified in most cases. You have to print a lot of pages to make up for the extra $400 or so. But if you think you might be interested, I can recommend a color laser too.
You mentioned that you almost never print in color, so I have included a couple of nice deals on black and white lasers that are well rated and really a pretty good value right now. We can always network someone else's color printer for the occasional report that you might print.
I also included 1 All-in-one at the bottom. The less expensive all in ones, are usually not as rugged as the Officejets, deskjets, or even the Photosmarts an you can see by the ratings, but if you are feeling exceptionally lazy and don't want to walk down the hall for a copy or to make a quick scan, they are really nice. Think about the footprint on these. They can tend to be a bit of a desk hog too.
I couldn't find a sale price on an Officejetor Deskjet that I thought was well enough rated and suited for your application, but this Deskjet is well rated by buyers. Officejets are advertised by HP as being a little more rugged than the deskjets or photoprinters, but for your volume, I am not sure that matters.
Here is a Photosmart All in One that is a good price, check on the ink costs for your kind of printing. Check the footprint too.
All in one option... Be sure to read the review as there are some good and bad...3/7/2008 There is an open box for this one too, but I couldn't make a link.
If you really think that a B & W will do the trick, then here are a couple of Laser printers that might meet your needs.or for a little more speed
These lasers are a great price... I am probably going to order one for KBM.
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