Excerpt: If the cost of a color laser printer is too rich for your budget, you may want to consider a muscular ink jet like the Canon N1000 Office Color Printer (tested configuration, $910 street). You won't get the same high-quality output for text and graphics as with the laser-class printers we tested for this story, but you will get performance that nips at the heels of the laser units. The biggest knock against ink jets in a networked environment has been the long-term cost.
Conclusion: In stopwatch tests, the Canon is the fastest inkjet printer we've timed: Its big printhead starts a job with the same back-and-forth whir you've heard from dozens of inkjets (though the Canon's a bit louder than most and also has an audible cooling fan), but stops and ejects a page after fewer whirs or passes than you'd think would do the job.
Pros: Fast, networkable, pretty near laser quality on plain paper, Solid construction, with big, long-lasting ink cartridges
Cons: With $99 printers in every superstore, spending $900 for an inkjet is a psychological hurdle nowadays