Replacing your printer can be as small or as large, any investment as you like. But, ultimately it should depend on what you need your printer to print and how much it will cost to run.
The cost of running the printer means obviously the cost of the inkjet cartridges and typically how much per sheet it will cost. Firstly if you are a home user, that is to say a family with several school-attending children using the printer then the printer is in for a lot of use. Because the printer will be used to print out colour as well as black and white images then a colourinkjet printer will be sufficient. You would do well to pick an all-in-one printer that has additional features as well as being a printer/copier/scanner such as wifi or cloud-print. In fairness, most printers come wifi enabled these days but many people still prefer to connect them via the USB cable. The print speed of these printers is not that fast but considering the option is a high-speedlaser toner printer, the cost would not warrant stepping up in cost for the average family.
The running costs of the printer have to be the next and some will say the most important consideration. If the cost of replacing the ink cartridge is going to cost as much as you paid for the printer, which is highly likely given the low cost of some printers on offer on the high street, then it’s time to think again. First of all check if this wonderfully inexpensive printer will accept a non-genuine brand ink cartridge, i.e. a compatible cartridge, if so what is the cost? If you can find an affordable set of compatible ink cartridges for the printer then you have hit the jackpot, but beware, not all new printers will accept the compatibles and some are so new that there is not yet a compatible cartridge available for them yet. The compatible ink cartridges are manufactured by a third-party manufacturer who has been careful enough to replicate the original brand ink cartridge without infringing on the copyright of it.
The quality of the print out from a printer using compatible ink cartridges as opposed to the genuine brand is not noticeable for general-purpose everyday printing. The only time when we think it may be an issue if you are trying to reproduce photo-quality prints that you may wish to sell or keep for many years and are concerned that the print may fade. All in all, the compatible ink cartridge should be a big consideration when purchasing your new printer and any good seller or ink especially online will give you free advice so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask for help.