I've remarked previously how sticking with 98SE and derivatives of it has brought the benefit of any amount of free quality software solely because it's not XP compatible, even formerly expensive things like Drive Image and Partition Magic.
The benefits now extend to hardware it seems. Just bought a superb Samsung ML4500 Laser printer for £72 including VAT, and that includes a cartridge with £18 worth of toner in it, so the true net is £54. Agree with the onlibne comments on it, better than the Brother, and at that price it's a steal and will pay for itself in no time. Look at the recommended prices for consumables, £45 for a 2500 copy cartridge against £24 for a 300 copy ink cartridge for my Epson 760 inkjet, andf both available at lower prices anyway. And all this because it's only kitted for up to W.2000.
Second buy is a new monitor for my little third computer. Got a 17" true flatscreen Dabsvalue for just £89 including VAT, unbelievable. It nearly matches the picture quality of my CTX Trinitron flatscreen, just a more moderate but acceptable 75Hz refresh rate. Again, no XP "driver", and the screen vanished on sight of an XP partition when tried. I bet I can write a driver (INF file) for it though.
Both from Dabs if anyone's interested, and I'm staying with 98 and it's derivatives for as long as this sort of thing continues.