HP has an overlooked line of business color inkjet printers – here’s the 1100 series, and here’s the 2230 series, for example. There are more expensive models as well. They’re fast and sturdy.

Nonetheless, many offices are more comfortable with laser printers. Color laser printers are finally coming down in price and quality has significantly improved. You still might not want to print your photos on them – but they surpass inkjets in speed and text quality, and the best of them can almost close the gap on photos as well.

PC Magazine likes the Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2350 EN ($1,100) and says generally nice things about the dirt-cheap HP Color LaserJet 1500L ($800). I expect this to be the price point where these become a viable alternative.

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