Since our first computer purchase 10 years ago we have tried many different printers. Most of them we never even bothered to buy new ink for once the cartridge it came with ran out, with the ink costing as much as we paid for the printer and the fact that the printer was nothing exceptional we didn't feel it was worth it.
About a year and a half ago we found ourselves without a printer after moving, with lack of space and no full ink cartridges we once again felt that the printer just wasn't worth it. As a homeschooling family a printer of some kind though is a must have piece of equipment, so the search was on for yet another printer.
Our intentions were to spend about $100 on a printer, but when we found an incredible sale on the HP Photosmart 3210 All-In-One even though is was still far above what we intended to pay we couldn't pass up the deal. It had so many features, most of which we had never had on a printer before, and knowing that HP is a good brand, we felt that by spending the extra now might save us from having to buy another printer and end up spending the same in the long run.
This printer is absolutely amazing when it comes to printing photos! Even after having it for a year and a half I am still completely blown away by the quality of print, I honestly cannot tell the difference between a picture printed from my computer and a picture printed at a photo lab.
The prices for ink for this printer are very reasonable as well, I can buy a multipack of all colors of ink plus 4x6 photo paper for under $50. I have found what we get out of each ink cartridge to be very reasonable as well.
Overall it has been money well spent and I would definitely recommend this printer to anyone!