- Genuine PostScript or excellent PostScript emulation.
- Ability to print color business graphics suitable for reports to my clients (meaning saturated colors with zero or very minimal banding or splotching across areas of solid color and without rippling the paper).
- While the average print load is moderate (rarely reaching a thousand pages a month), the printer should be able to handle the occasional 250+ page print job in a reasonable amount of time.
- The 250th page of a large job should look as good as the first page.
- Built-in wired and/or wireless networking.
Nice to have:
- Built-in 500 sheet capacity or the ability to add an additional paper tray.
- Relatively low cost per page.
- Ability to print in b/w mode even if a color toner cartridge is empty.
- Photo printing quality doesn't have to be great, but it shouldn't be awful.
- Easy support for printing on card stock and envelopes.
I am ruling out inkjets because I don't want to mess around with clogged heads, rippled paper, ink that smears when paper is handled or when it is humid, frequent ink cartridge changes, printers that die after a year of use, and so on.
I'm willing to spend up to USD 1,000, but I have a feeling that there might be something suitable in the $450-750 range.