When it comes to mobile printers then you’ll quickly find (if you do your homework) that those with Bluetooth connectivity and inkjet printing mechanisms are the best. If you didn’t do your homework you’re pretty lucky you found this webpage because I’m going to outline why you’re onto a winner. Find out more below.
When it comes down to it if you want mobile printing on the go whilst travelling then you’re going to probably want a wireless interface as well. You don’t want to be carrying cables around, keeping track of them, storing them, untangling them and taking them out from the bottom of your bag… if you can ever find them. It makes sense to use wireless connectivity and it makes even more sense to use Bluetooth. Using infrared is so year 2000 and WiFi relies on wireless access points always being available which they clearly aren’t always going to be. On the other hand you have will most certainly have a Bluetooth adapter in your laptop, smart phone or your internet table which allows truly wireless printing because you won’t be tethered to any fixed locations.
I think it’s really important to outline why Bluetooth is important because I know some if you are thinking that everywhere has a wireless access point. Well the first thing is that these wireless adapters are bought separately, they’re device specific and they cost the same amount of money. So it makes sense to buy something which is going to work everywhere you want as opposed to most places.
Next you may be wondering why inkjet printers? Perhaps you’re wondering what other types of printing mechanisms there even are.
For most people a Bluetooth Portable Inkjet Printer will be the number one option in terms of wireless connectivity as I’ve explained and printing ability as I’m about to go on to. The bottom line is that there is one opponent of inkjet’s and that’s thermally based devices.
These certainly have some advantages – they’re more compact, more lightweight (and hence the combination of those two makes them more transportable), they support internal Bluetooth adapters (as opposed to the external ones which inkjet’s always have) and they’re far more reliable due to lack of moving parts (I’ve seen 25 year warranties – how’s that for confidence in your product?).
But they also come with enormous downsides and although they’re highly movable their actual printing capabilities suffer as a result. They’re far slower and the resolutions they print up to are far less. You can expect no higher than 300 dots per inch which is fairly terrible by anyone’s standards. The printing speeds are around 6 pages per minute (that’s one of their best devices as well) and these are in stark contrast to inkjet devices which can whip out 4800 x 1200 for photographs (best quality admittedly) and 600 x 600 dpi for monochrome (black and white) – and speeds of 15 ppm for monochrome and 5-7 ppm for color.
The question when you’re thinking of buying an inkjet printer is if you want to sacrifice the far superior printing specifications for something which is more mobile. Or whether you’re willing to opt for a heavier, bulkier item but retain far superior printing abilities. I find that most people are going to opt for the second option – unless you’re carrying it around with you or need to store it in small spaces it shouldn’t be an issue, and for the amount of money you’re paying you don’t want to end up with something that doesn’t reach your expectations in terms of printing quality… and that’s why you bought it in the first place right… to print?