Finding out which type of mobile printer to use with laptops can be difficult, but it’s important you find the best one which is suited to your situation. Or you could end up very disappointed. Find out more below.
One of the first things to access is what type of connectivity transfer would you like – either wireless or wired? If you’re going with wireless than there are a further three options to pick: infrared, Bluetooth or WiFi. If you’re going with wired then you need to decide if you want to go with standard usb 2.0, parallel ports or if you have a camera whether you want a direct connection.
Infrared tends to be use far more with tablets and PDAs and it also comes as standard on many printers so this shouldn’t be a problem. When it comes to connecting to wireless access points (WiFi) then you need to be aware that some mobile printers aren’t able to do this. Many can of course, but it’s not a case of the majority being able to and it’s split far more down the middle of the road. On the other hand when it comes to Bluetooth you’ll find that all of the designs in the last 6 years are compatible in some form. You can either have your WiFi and Bluetooth installed upon purchase which is not possible for most devices. Or you can purchase the various adapters for around 40-70 dollars which allow the various levels of connectivity which are required.
I’m not going to talk too much about the wired connections because people tend to be more knowledge, but there are still a few things to watch out for. To start with you need to make sure that the device comes with what you want – some don’t arrive with a usb 2.0 port which surprises some people and leaves them unable to use it for another week or so.
Another important thing you need to be aware of when purchasing mobile printers for laptops is whether it comes with a battery or not. In most cases you’ll find that it doesn’t and you could potentially end up with a printer that isn’t wireless or portable whatsoever. These batteries are expensive and cost on average around 100 dollars so you need to factor this price as well as that of the printer into your overall costs. You can easily end up spending lots of money on the peripheral extras as opposed to the device itself.
You also need to take a look at what you want your printer to be able to do – its resolution and printing speeds are critical. In this case you’re in luck because all of the latest ones double up as photo printers too meaning you can print glossy 4 x 6 (or smaller/larger) photographs with ease. Their printing speeds are admittedly not as fast as their stationary counters but they’re by no means slow and they’re simply the price you have to pay if you want the level of mobility which they provide.
I’d say going for Canon is your best option because they tend to have the best wireless portable printer devices overall, and their ‘best’ matched against HP’s ‘best’ comes out as a clear winner in terms of core specifications as well as customer reviews.