I’m one of the Editors-in-Chief of our school newspaper, and I am currently attempting to get us some new equipment. We’re currently working with Pagemaker 6.5 on a 200 MHz, 5 year old Power Mac, which is a pain in the ass. I’m going to get an iMac and a dedicated, just for the paper digital camera, but my third and most important purchase is a printer that can handle 11x17 (tabloid) for as cheap as possible. I’ve wasted two possible printing days running around the school looking for a suitable printer since the one we usually use, a LaserWriter 8500 in the Development Office, was down. The only other one I could find doesn’t have the fonts we need. It needs to be either directly Mac-compatible or networkable, and must print black and white pages with decent resolution for newspaper-quality pictures.
Can any Dopers make a recommendation that won’t make the budget department scream?