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I remember using a daisy-wheel printer back in high school and being terrified I was going to wake the entire house up anytime I had a late-night printing session for a paper due the next morning. Inkjet and laser printers were certainly a godsend for their speed and noise-level. They also allowed us to start adding fancy graphics and color to complement all our papers and reports.

But there are some hassles, like those late-night runs to the store for a cartridge. Yes, it's my fault for putting off printing until the wee hours of the morning and for not heeding the warning signs of a cartridge running low. Until recently, I also gravitated toward cheaper printers that were ink hogs. Researching this article reinforced the idea that it's wise to invest in a printer with lower per-page costs, whether inkjet, laser or any future printing technology.

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