Today, printers can do almost all the work, right from scanning to printing your photos and copying documents. However, the primary issue with such all-in-one printers is their size. They are hefty and carrying them is out of the question. That's where portable printers come into the picture.
These small gadgets let you print documents without any hassles. And the best thing is that most of them are powered by batteries, thus removing the hassle of wires and power cords. And the inclusion of Wi-Fi in some is the cherry on top.
So, if you have been searching for some great portable printers to print documents, here are some of the best ones out there.
But before we get down to it, let's have a look at what features you need to check before you make the purchase.
What to Look for in a Document Printer
Print Resolution: For document scanners, the print resolution is fairly low. Still, a print resolution of 1200 x 600 is the minimum requirement for a good quality print. And if you want your printer to churn out high-quality prints, it should be somewhere around 4800 x 4800.
Print Speed: Waiting for a stack of printouts can be annoying, given our busy work schedule and lifestyle. The math is simple — a good printer should be able to print at least a dozen color pages per minute.
Long-term Costs: Cartridges do not come cheap. Hence, don't miss to calculate the cost per page and the long term cost of the cartridges for the printer you are aiming to buy.
These were some of the features you should look at when buying a printer. Apart from the above, there are a dozen other things you need to check, such as driver availability, recurring issues, app compatibility, among others.
With a dimension of 12.7 x 7.3 x 2.5-inch, the Canon PIXMA iP110 appears to be built for the road. It's lightweight and measures just about 4.3 lbs. Plus, it's compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It has a DPI of 9600 x 2400 and can print documents that measure 8.5-inch x 11-inch. The printing speed is decent, and as per Canon, it can print around nine pages per minute.
And once in a while, you can also use it to pints photos. The Canon Pixma iP1100 comes with Wi-Fi, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and the in-house Pixma Print for wireless or cloud printing. And well, it also has a USB port for the traditional approach. It can also print without Wi-Fi if you set it up as a direct access point (Wi-Fi Direct).
The user reviews regarding the print quality and the sturdiness of the device have been pretty great. Users seem to love the print quality, be it for documents or photos. And the same can be said of the print speed. It's fast, and many users on Amazon seem to agree on the same.
Though the printing process and the quality are quite great, the only issue with it is its complex setup process. Many users have reported the setup process to be a real pain.
However, once you can get past that hurdle, using it is a breeze after that.
If you are looking for a multi-functional printer, you can check out the HP OfficeJet 250. This compact printer measures just about 15-inch in width and about 3.6-inch in height, making it small enough to fit into most travel bags and the likes. Apart from printing, it can scan and copy and comes with wireless features such as Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi Direct.
On top of that, you can use the HP Smart app for wireless printing and scanning. The touchscreen at the top makes managing scans and copying easy and convenient.
A single charge takes around 90 minutes and can go as long as two weeks. Of course, it depends on how often you use it, but you get the picture. It has a print resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 DPI and the print quality is great and is ideal for printing documents and the likes.
The HP OfficeJet 250 might be a little heavier than its Canon counterpart, but on the bright side, it brings a few extra features to the table. Users have applauded this printer for its print quality, ease of setup, and access.
The HP Deskjet 1112 makes for a favorable buy if you are looking for a semi-portable printer. It's compact and has a fairly low footprint compared to its multifunctional counterparts and fits easily into the corners of most desk and countertops. It is a basic printer, but thankfully, the print quality is great for the price, something which has been echoed by several users on Amazon.
Because it's a basic printer, you won't find fancy features such as wireless printing or duplex printing, but then again, you have to consider the price as well.
The print speed is a bit on the lower side, with it printing around 7 monochrome pages per minute. If you want a printer for a short-term basis and do not want to spend a fortune, the Deskjet 1112 is a good buy.
The Epson Workforce WF-110 is one of the newest portable printers from Epson. It measures just around 2.4 x 12.2 x 6.1-inch and weighs a mere 3.5 lb, making it ideal for carrying on your traveling trips or road trips. Like its HP counterpart above, it comes with a rechargeable battery, and on a single charge, it can print around 100 black and white pages. Good for a portable printer, right?
Apart from that, it lets you connect to it via the usual channels — app, Wi-Fi direct, and even via a USB 2.0 port. And like most modern gadgets, that comes with voice-activated printing features and is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Apple's Siri.
It has a maximum DPI of up to 5,760 x 1,440, and when it comes to the print quality, it's clear and crisp. The folks at TechRadar describes it as "the level of detail is impressive for a portable printer."
However, it's not without its limitations and issues. For one, the printing speed is a tad on the lower side with the Workforce WF-110 churning out around 6.7 monochrome pages per minute. Plus, the battery takes a little around 2.5 hours to recharge on AC power. If you are continuously on the road, you might want to consider this before making the purchase.
Another HP printer that you can use on the road is the HP OfficeJet 200 mobile printer. This color printer measures just around 14.3 x 7.32 x 2.70-inch and weighs approximately 4.85 lbs. The print speed is a tad little higher than the two above and can churn out around 20 pages per minute. It can print wirelessly over Wi-Fi or via the standard cable from a laptop and even via the HP Smart app.
The good thing about the OfficeJet 2100 is its control panel, which pops out as soon as you lift the lid. The panel is just of the right size, and the display is clear. Plus, the print quality is quite decent for office documents and papers.
People seem to love its wireless printing capabilities and its long battery life.
Though the printer is easy to set up as most HP printers walk you through the setup process, its only limitation is the lack of Bluetooth connectivity. But hey, the HP Smart app makes up for it.
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We may live in a paperless world where all our transactions and receipts are sent via emails or messages. However, several documents are still as useful as they were years ago. It makes them ultimately precious to print them out for storing safely.
So, which one of these printers will you buy?
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