I am in the market for a color laser MFC for home office use. I have a fairly complex set of requirements which I can assess myself, however I am struggling with a few elements of this problem, and would appreciate insights from those with more knowledge then I have. FWIW, I am aware of the differences between Laser and Inkjet printers, and I definately don't want an inkjet.
Is my belief that new laser printers (ie less then 5 years old) are not substantially better then printers which are 5-10 years old with respect of quality correct? If not what should I be looking for in terms of improvements?
When I look online, it appears that new printers are an order of magnitude more expensive to run, due to the lack of easy availability of after market cartridges. For Is there any reason why I should get, for example, the HP MFP-M479 as opposed to the MFP-M477 ?
Relatedly, for things like reliability, cost, ease of use with multiple OS's, how does the HP MFP-M477 compare with the Brother MFC-9340CDW, and are either of these printers better in terms of "antifeatures" like toner DRM, yellow dot tracking, telemetry? [ I believe these printers were introduced in 2015 and 2013 respectively ]
Relatedly, and getting really obscure, is it practical to plug a keyboard into either or both if I want to scan to email and enter a recipient and subject line from the printer itself?