The story of the White Elephant is an old one; a gift is said to be a While Elephant when the cost of upkeep makes the item a terrible burden to the recipient.
In the world of gadget gifts, there is no better example of this situation than the inkjet printer. Give someone the wrong make or model and you burden your friend or loved one with hundreds of dollars in ink purchases for the life of the printer. Color ink alone can cost over $50, and that’s without replacing the black ink cartridge. When gifting a printer, the cost of replacement ink should be at the top of the list of things to consider.
The HP Photosmart C4680, therefore, is an excellent choice for an all-in-one inkjet printer. The unit itself is affordable, around $70, but the replacement ink comes in a combined black and color package which sells for less than $30.
Thanks to Jack for the recommendation.