This is probably not the best place to post your question.
You might want to look at some of the Printer Reviews that are "out there" and post you question there.
This GenForum is for Users of the Family Tree Maker program who are having Printing questions.
I DO have a separate printer, just for Pictures. It's wireless, and anyone on my home network can print to it. I have had a case of a cartridge not lasting as long as I expected, and it may be that the printer isn't used enough, or it dried out as you suggested, but I couldn't prove it either way.
But check some printer reviews and post your question there.