* So it seems that I was on the right track with an HP laptop. Most I've seen (both Elite and Pro) seem to come with standard HDDs - even when I filter on PriceSpy down to those supposedly with SSDs (http://pricespy.co.nz/category.php?m=s257308269&o=produkt_pris_inkmoms#rparams=m=s257308296) the actual product, when I click through to it, still has a standard drive. Does one need to make a specific order for one with an SSD, or have it retrofitted?
* Printer - ok, may be sensible to scale back the budget from c $2k, but as mentioned by others cheaper models often have expensive consumables. Based on experience, I'm wary of inkjets - while the actual printing time can be quick, they seem to spend so much time flaffing about before printing! Are these OfficeJet X series supposed to be less frustrating in this way? There's a good chance that she may need to print out multiple copies of resources (eg hand-outs) for clients (eg, for workshops), hence why we need to plan for decent volumes. But this may not be needed initially - therefore one option is to start off with using our current set-up (mid-level consumer HP colour laser printer, and Canon inkjet MF for scanning)?
Thanks again everyone.
You can actually request a demo unit through a reseller for HP Printers, though to be fair every single person we have sold one too has been blown away. I don't believe marketing hype but I can tell you the 576 WILL print at 70PPM. Print quality is maybe 90-95% of a laser under 2K in our experience. Certainly never had a complaint. The X Series are cheaper to run, HP traditionally has been eye wateringly expensive.
If you just needed Mono, you can't go past the Brother MFC's they are AWESOME.