If you intend to do photo quality printing on good glossy papers, then you need an inkjet photo printer..... but if you either do LOTS of printing.... or very little, occasional printing... then laser is better. The worst thing for an inkjet printer is to sit unused for a month. The ink sits in the lines and nozzles and gets thick, and then clogs. I've been through several 13" wide photo quality printers, only to throw them away because I often go 2-3 months without printing anything. A Laser printer's toner is a dry powder.... it can sit unused for years, nothing happens. It will power right up and work no problem. For home office, or school stuff for kids, or if you just barely need a printer at all, then laser is the way to go.