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I just bought a MacBook pro and need a printer for high quality photo printing that will double as an everyday document printer and won't cost me an arm and a leg. Reliability is key - my last printer was absolute crap. Your advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

i would recommend buying a simple black and white laser printer for your everyday printing needs. i bought a used HP LaserJet 4 off eBay about 5 years ago for $150 shipped. The cartridges for those are about $70-$90, but in 5 years i bought only 2, becayse they last forever. plus that printer has a network connection. The downside is that it is pretty big and ugly.
You can also find a used HP LaserJet 1100, those are way smaller than the one i have and cartridges run about $50, but you still get the same great laser quiality and dont spend nearly as much money on supplies as you would with an Ink Jet

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