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fairly cheap compared to prices a few years ago, Around the $400 mark for a good quality colour laser but BEWARE of the refill prices. Best to find out how much replacement cartridges are for various models before you purchase and also look into places where they maybe able to refill your own cartridges with toner.

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The latest are pretty near photo quality - (eg Lexmark C912 etc) watch out for those that say "business graphics" etc if you want to print photos (eg Lexmark C510).

The technology is still a lot more fragile than mono-laser but is OK if properly cared for - make sure you ask to see how all teh spares are changed some have PC Belts, fusers etc. that are an engineer job - others straighforward to swap out. The ones with seperate drums & toners are cheaper to run if printing high cover (drums click round however much you cover the page but toner is cheap) make sure you do a relaistic cost per page analysis (ring teh manufacturer and they will give you this at list prices but it will be properly worked out) - everyone is very right fear the supplies cost (though ink jet is scary too)

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Minolta 2400 for £165+VAT with three year warranty.

Epson C1100 for £183+VAT.

Samsung CLP-500 for £189+VAT

Consumables cost more than inkjet cartridges but do many more page so around a 1/3 of the price for colur photos.

According to a Sheffield Education Authority letter to schools a £500 colour laser printing 50 pages/day for 40 weeks of the year has 1/3 of total cost over three years against a £60 inkjet - and that includes the cost of the printers and assumes that they are are thrown away at the end of the three years!

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