I think you should buy a printer which has both laser and Inkjet feature. Laser is a much faster process compared to the latter. For e.g. if you are trying to print a high resolution photo in a Kodak paper, you would have to use cartridges, because some lasers would provide cheapest quality on Kodak paper; so that's how you can see the difference. But for daily normal documents like - Musical transcription or any word doc you can use laser. Hope this helps, thanks.