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Pretty in Ink Which color printer is the fairest of them all? Depending on your business needs and your budget, the possibilities are endless.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Entrepreneurs with growing ventures lead colorful lives. So whynot put it on paper? Whether you're one person or a heavilypopulated networked office, there's a color printer that willcome in on budget and fit your needs. We've divided up colorprinting options into five categories: inkjets, photo printers,lasers, solid ink and portable. We've also scoped out at leastone example of each, but don't hesitate to investigate eachcompany's full product lines. With the wide range available,you're bound to find one or two that fit your businessperfectly.

Budget-friendly color inkjets are tempting for their low initialprices and ease-of-use. The Epson Stylus C82 clocks in at just $149(all prices street). The drawback is that consumables, particularlyink cartridges, will add up over time. Still, for occasional colorprinting and basic black-and-white needs, an inexpensive inkjet maysuit your office just fine. If you're looking to step up andbring your printer online with your network, Epson offers the C82in a Wi-Fi version (C82WN, $379) or in an Ethernet version (C82N,$349). A $129 parallel port Bluetooth adapter is also available foryou early adopters and Bluetooth gadget owners.

Specialized inkjets vault past lasers in the digital photographydepartment. It's still not cheap to keep feeding them ink, butthe quality that the new crop of printers turns out is undeniable.The $149 Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 5550 boasts an automatic papersensor that adjusts the print mode to fit the media and aborderless printing option for edge-to-edge 4-by-6 photos. Althoughit easily handles most digital photo printing demands, regular textand color printing are also in reach. For more demandinghigh-volume color printing, consider a color laser that will costless in the long run.

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