Tech: Choosing an inkjet
I bought an HP Deskjet 5400 at the beginning of the fall semester, mostly because it was the cheapest inkjet I could find. So far, it's been reliable and fairly fast, with decent image/text quality. There is one huge shortcoming though - the ink cartridges are tiny (only 5 mL).
This is something you'll rarely find splattered all over the front. While DPI and PPM seem to be the standard metrics of printer performance, having a printer with a small ink reservoir is like having a Ford GT - it goes really fast, but after about an hour of hard driving, you're gonna need some gas.
The problem can be partly assuaged by getting a refill kit, but even then, smaller cartridges mean more muss and fuss since they still have to be filled more often.