The "best" device is one that both can deliver the performance you require and the features you require. Excluding growth, you've noted one attribute of performance, the 30M, but little in the requirements of features beyond gig Ethernet.
As the other posters have already noted, routers often are more feature rich, L3 switches often provide more perforamance. For 30M, besides the 3845 and 7200, the 3825, 2851 and 2821 routers might be suitable.
Another series of devices you might want to examine, are Cisco's Metro Ethernet switches, e.g. 3750 Metro Series. Such switches often provide the performance of ordinary "LAN" switches with additional features.
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