In terms of printers there are two kinds that I know of: Inkjet and Laser. Color laser printers are still pretty expensive and bulky so I doubt you will want that. B&W laser printers are great for school and volume printing.
For Inkjet printers, it depends if you just want a printer or an all-in-one machine. I have experiences w/ both Lexmark and HP, and so far both have disappointed me but HP has redeemed itself with me with the latest machine I have. Epson I heard are also great printers.