Please note that there are different kinds of printers out there. I use an injet printer. I use a Dell, but there are many brands that basically do the same thing.
Bubble jet printers are listed here.
And Laser printers. If you do a lot of printing, then that's when you consider a Laser printer. The cost of a laser printer is offset by the amount of printing you do.
Just consider, I do some printing, but not a lot. I have a photo printer(inkjet). My daughter uses it to print her homework assignments. During the school year, the printer gets used a lot. During the summer, it gets used very little. I use it to print a few pictures. I have found that if you want to print multiple pictures, it's cheaper to put the pictures on a flash drive or a cd/dvd and take them to a store and have them print them. The cost is much less to have a store print your pictures than the cost of ink and photo paper.
You also have to consider if you want deplex printing, printing on both sides. The you also have to consider if you want to print wirelessly or use a USB cable. Some printers are also hooked up to a network, like businesses use.
So it all depends on what you're looking for in a printer and how you connect the printer and if using multiple printers, please make sure it's compatible with all the computers that you want to print with. Some printers only work with 200, XP and Vista 32-bit. If you have a 64-bit system, you may have problems getting the drivers. Also if you own a Mac, you also need drivers for this type of operating system.
Plenty to read and absorbe.
Just what are the practical criteria ... the pros and cons if you will ... of getting a bubble-jet vs a color laser printer?