Although laser-printer prices continue to drop, print speeds keep getting faster. Five years ago, 8 ppm was the norm for your typical monochrome laser printer. Today, the speed has doubled for the most popular models--and for a third of the price, too.
Because economy of operation is important for small businesses, a monochrome laser makes for a good choice since it's cheaper and faster than its color counterparts. When you crunch the numbers, monochrome laser printers cost less than one cent per page compared to the 10 cents per page you'd pay for color. However, if your workload requires producing multiple originals (also known as "mopies"), it would be cheaper to purchase and use a color laser printer than to pay an outside printing company for color copies. But if you only occasionally need color printing, then a budget-conscious solution would be to purchase both a monochrome laser printer and a color inkjet.