The "scan" option is what's pushing you into the "very expensive" category. I would recommend you eschew the scan option, get a good color printer, and set up a little scan station with a $250 computer and $125 scanner. You'll save oodles and be happier.
I've always liked the Phasers for their color, and the Xerox Phaser 7500 is no exception (disclaimer: I grew up on the gold standard: Canon CLC with EFI ColorPASS RIP that delivered better than MatchPrint for proofs to web offset). And while I like the HP LaserJet monochrome and DeskJet/DesignJet lines, I've never really been happy with the speed or quality of their LaserJet color. It's too bad, too, because they have killer scanners --probably the best in the biz-- on their MFPs.