A black only laser printer or multifunction printer is by far the most economical choice for a home owner or small business. The initial printer cost may be higher but the consumables which are the bulk cost of using a printer will be substantially lower. The cost of consumables or printer cartridges should be looked at as a cost per page number. What is the page yield rating vs the cost of the cartridge. An inkjet cartridge may have a replacement value of $25 while a toner cartridge could cost $50. Although the page yield gives a different story when you find out the inkjet is rated at 120 pages while the toner cartridge is rated at 2,500 pages.