One of my favorite bloggers, Robin Raskin, has reviewed printers for a long time, and in her recent post she waxes nostalgic about her first Laser Printer, the HP (NYSE HPQ) LaserJet Series II. (Robin's impressive, as she gets the syntax exactly right, after twenty years!) She claims to have paid over $2,600 for it which I believe was actually the final resting place for the price, as it started at $2,495 I am almost sure. (The 1987 introduction pre-dates the first edition of The Hard Copy Observer, the industry's ultimate authority on such matters, so fact-checking takes on a little more effort!)
She brings us up to the present describing her recent purchase of the Samsung CLP-510 color laser. The printer is apparently living up to expectations, but she does mention the fact that a full toner replacement (four cartridges) will add up to $250 versus the $230 she just paid for the complete printer, supplies included.
Robin also provides a concise user's view of the ink/laser comparison that we like to comment on from time to time.