Hi Ann, put very basically, a Laser printer works by a heated roller laying down toner( or powder) onto the paper. An inkjet printer puts microscopic dots of ink onto the paper to form words or pictures. A Colour Laser printer is still quite expensive when compared to inkjet printers, although the price of colour lasers is dropping, they are still approx £200 to £300 dearer than inkjets. A good guide to the best inkjets for your money is in the Test section of PC Advisor. Hope this helps, if you need any more info please ask.