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Get a Dell C1660w wireless color laser printer for $99.99

Plus: two sweet trial offers for Hulu Plus and Spotify.

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The Dell C1660w offers wireless color printing for under $100.
The Dell C1660w offers wireless color printing for under $100. Staples

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On to business. I've always preferred laser printers to inkjets, mostly because the latter gulp super-pricey ink cartridges that don't seem to last very long. Plus, for plain-paper document printing, laser quality (almost) always beats ink.

Of course, while monochrome lasers can be had for cheap, color-capable models tend to cost quite a bit more. But not today: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Staples has the Dell C1660w color laser printer for $99.99 shipped (plus tax). That's a full $100 off the regular price.

Unlike a lot of home-office-minded color lasers, this one offers Wi-Fi connectivity (USB, too, though not Ethernet) and easy printing from your smartphone or tablet courtesy of Dell's Mobile Print app. In other words, you can place it anywhere that's convenient; it doesn't have to stay tethered to a PC.

Technically, this is an LED printer, but its output rivals that of a laser. The C1660w produces 600x600-dpi pages at rated speeds of 12 and 10 pages per minute for monochrome and color, respectively. It has a 150-sheet input tray and 100-sheet output tray.

Dell estimates a cost of four cents per monochrome page and 21 cents per color page. That's based on the list prices for the four toner cartridges, which sell at Staples for around $58 each (gulp). However, at least one outfit sells a complete set of C1660w-compatible cartridges for $60. That's little more than you'd pay to stock an inkjet.

CNET hasn't reviewed the C1660w, but eight Staples customers collectively gave it 4.5 stars out of 5. If you're looking for a cheap, wireless color laser for the home, office, or home office, this is a hard deal to beat.

Bonus deal: Free stuff! Best Buy Mobile is offering a free 60-day Spotify Premium subscription, though as with most such trial offers, it requires a credit card, and it's limited to newcomers. Same goes for another Best Buy Mobile deal: a free two-month Hulu Plus subscription. If you decide to sign up for either one, remember to add a cancellation reminder to your calendar, otherwise you'll start getting billed at the regular rates.

Update: Looks like the Hulu offer has expired.

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