Hello Lynda, Several things to consider when buying a printer. I don't claim this to be a comprehensive list, but these are the things I look for. First, I have a real issue with all inkjet printers. Namely, the ink is absolutely ridiculously expensive. The printer itself, usually, is fairly inexpensive, but the ink will end up eating you alive if you print things regularly or print large jobs, or both. Some printers are better than others, for example I've been told that Canon printers generally use less ink than comparable HP models, but as far as I can tell all inkjet printers are expensive to feed ink to. With that said, on the plus side is that a modern inkjet printer can produce text output that rivals laser printers for sharpness, and even with the cost of ink if you want to do color printing an inkjet is probably still your best bet; color laser printers are still very expensive, and the cartridges are not cheap either. When first comparing the cost/benefit ratios of inkjet v. laser about 10 years ago, I decided on laser. I recently went through the same process, in February of this year, and came to the same conclusion. Laser printers are a bit more expensive up front compared to inkjets, but the ongoing costs are quite a bit lower on average. A typical laserjet cartridge may cost between $70 and $100 depending on the printer model, but your per-page cost of printing is much lower than buying ink. The downside of laser printers is that color printing is still prohibitively expensive. Also, for those on limited incomes, it is easier to come up with the $30 or so for an ink cartridge than it is to come up with the $70 or more for a laser cartridge unless you plan ahead, put it in your budget, whatever. I strongly advise you to carefully consider the potential problems with those "all in one" copier/scanner/fax machine/printer things. We have had a few of those at work, from various manufacturers, and every single one has caused problems. It seems like they try to do everything, and end up doing nothing really well. A very common problem seems to be paper jams. Also, consider that if one thing goes bad -- say the paper feed mechanism breaks -- you lose all of your various abilities at once and could be in an even tighter fix than if just your printer went out. And so, my own conclusion for myself was to stick with a plain B&W laser printer. I chose a HP 1200 series, and have been very happy with it. I have some issues with HP, they tend to want to extort you down the road by charging fees for upgrades to the drivers and software for different operating systems. I ran into this with both Windows 2000 and Windows XP. On the other hand, I can say that the only company whose products I have been able to use for so many years that an upgrade due to a major operating system change was necessary has been HP. Their printers do seem to just keep on chugging. My original laserjet 5p, purchased in about 1994, is still going strong; my brother needed a printer and couldn't afford one, so I gave him my old one and bought a new one for myself. If you buy a laser printer, be sure to find out how much the cartridges cost and, very important, how many pages they are rated for when doing your comparisons. I discovered a pretty wide range of cartridge prices and lifes that could add up to a significant difference in total cost of ownership over the life of the printer. One model I looked at had cartridges that cost something like $69.99, but were rated at only 2500 pages. Another model used $90 cartridges, but they were rated for 5000 pages each. Twice as much printing for only $20 more or so, a big difference, especially when multiplied by years of buying cartridges. HTH, Ron Sunday, June 22, 2003, 5:50:52 PM, you wrote: L> I am finally going to be able to throw this Canon Multipass printer = L> out..., now the question is what do I get for a printer, it will be just = L> for home use, I was looking at the Lexmark x73 printer/copier/scanner = L> but when I read "epinions" they said it was loud, slow and the ink costs = L> as much as the printer??? Any suggestions For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.