Sharing a printer among a dozen or so users on a Windows 95 network is getting easier--if you choose the right printer. Many inkjets don't share well, but the $500 Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 870 series--for Windows or Macs--is an exception. If you prefer the supersharp text of a laser to the colors of an inkjet, the brand new $400 HP LaserJet 6L is compact and quiet. Per-copy cost tends to be much lower for lasers. Inkjets require special paper for best results and color printing can be slow.

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