You’ll find that although infrared/WiFi are found in this type of printing device, Bluetooth is endemic across all types of different printing technologies, brands and models.
The reason for this is obvious, they allow quick, easy and untethered wireless access for transferring data.
- Infrared is outdated and hardly support by any modern devices, as well as being a hassle to use.
- WiFi requires access to a wireless access point which is a severe limitation.
- ExternalBluetooth Adapters,
- Which printing technology uses them.
- The possibility for mounting external adapters.
- Internal Bluetooth Adapters.
In-Depth Information on Bluetooth Technology Printers
When most people hear the phrase ‘wireless’ they generally think of standard access points such as home wireless networks, or 3G enabled devices; Bluetooth portable printer’s are not at the forefront of people’s minds. Find out below why they’re the only truly ‘portable’ and ‘wireless’ printer.
What is a wireless mobile printer?
Most modern mobile wireless printers tend to have several key parts relating to those two aspects which allow them to retain their name. They’re ‘mobile’ or ‘portable’ because they don’t need constant AC power to operate, they use batteries – generally lithium-ion ones. This allows them to be moved from room to room with ease, be kept in the car or even carried around in a person’s bag (or pocket!). Their ‘wireless’ aspect comes in the form of being able to connect to static location wireless points such as those found in many homes nowadays, or allows transfer via Bluetooth.
How do Bluetooth Printers work?
Bluetooth printers work via the short wave radio signals which Bluetooth adapters can transmit. The data transfer occurs across these short wave signals at a fast speed however the distance between the two devices is fairly limited. All that needs to be done is for Bluetooth to be activated on both devices, for your mobile device to ‘find’ your printer and to send the printing instructions. It’s that easy.
Almost all mobile pieces of technology use this type of data transfer and it’s not just limited to laptops like it has been in the past. Smart phones such as the Iphone, Android-operated phones can all be used to print information out of. Tablet computers such as the Ipad can also be used without a problem, as long as it’s Bluetooth-enabled the chances are it’ll work.
What should I watch out for when buying one?
One of the first and most important things which you just have to look out for is whether it comes with the Bluetooth adapter installed and enabled or whether you need to separately buy one. Most don’t actually come ready to print, and you need to factor in the cost of buying the device-specific adapter which can be as little as 10 dollars but as much as 50. What’s more is that most of the sale’s pages aren’t especially clear and so it can be hard to figure out if they come with them or not.
I would say making sure it comes ready to print in the way you want is the most important thing, but more general issues you should be watching out for is when you’re buying from websites like Amazon you need to make sure the reviews you read are by ‘real people’ and ‘purchase verified’. The sellers which operate on Amazon have been known to be unscrupulous in writing some of their own reviews and this gives you a much better frame of reference.
Where can I find them cheap?
If you want to buy a wireless portable printer such as this cheaply you’re going to need to use the internet. In recent times the manufacturer’s direct website was the worst place to buy an item, but now some such as HP are offering 30% discount so they might be worth taking a look at.
Aside from this I can only offer up the obvious options, Amazon is great for pretty much everything if you want it cheaply and in this instance it doesn’t disappoint. Problem one of the best advantages is that the product specifications tend to be clearer and you can get a good insight into the product’s reliability by reading through the array of customer reviews.
I can definitely tell you where not to go, going to your local electronics’ store is a place to be avoided at all costs! Their prices are significantly great and many of the salesmen will say whatever you want to hear to get that sale. What’s more is that unlike Amazon or other websites where you read reviews you won’t have any unbiased information as to the reliability of the product. Knowing that it can print 30 pages per minute in color is great but if it’s going to break down in a few months that’s something you won’t know about until it happens – unless you gain a real insight into the product my reading people’s own experiences.