When you’re looking to purchase your mobile printer, I’d suggest an inkjet right away if you’re thinking of using it for your car because they’re perfect when compared to thermal-based devices. Find out more below.
When it comes down to it you essentially have two choices for which type of device you want – either an inkjet or thermal based device. Remember that there are no such things as laser mobile printers because they’re far too large and they would require so much power that the battery would be incredible expensive – and certainly not portable.
Thermal printers aren’t suited for this type of use because they’re far smaller and compact – which may sound perfect, but they’re designed for genuine mobility. That means being able to sit comfortably inside deep pockets or slipped into your laptop bad along with your laptop.
Their incredible size and weight is a a trade off for their lack of core functionalities which include comparatively lower resolutions and printing speeds. This isn’t some slight difference, it’s a massive one because inkjet’s can roll out 4800 dpi for mid-range models – whereas their thermal equivalents which are double the price can just hit 300 dpi.
The advantages of this type of device is clear, not only are its core capabilities much superior but the only downside to them is their size and weight – and since you’re going to be leaving it in the car they’re not aspects which you need to focus on. On the other hand if you’re going to be doing any driving which involves rocking the printer around too much the chances are it’s going to break.
This may sound obvious but a thermal device is far less likely to encounter such problems because they intrinsically have either almost no or almost none moving parts. You may be interested in checking out our page on wireless mobile printers for cars for further information too.
Moving parts is definitely one of the disadvantages of inkjet mobile printer devices and it was the cause of most of their previous model’s malfunctions. Although the problem has been mainly ironed out in the latest Canon and HP devices it’s still a definite problem which thermal based printers don’t have at all.
It’s also very useful to purchase a Bluetooth adapter which is possible for most Bluetooth mobile printer for cars, and it just involves plugging in either a usb 2.0 dongle or a Compact Flash card. This takes your ease of use to the next level because you could potentially be driving and printing at the same time – although I don’t recommend it.
Instead of having to pull over, lean over to your printer car printer, turn it on, find the usb 2.0 cable and so on the process would be far easier. All you would have to do is make sure your printer is on with Bluetooth activated, open up your laptop, find it on Bluetooth and hit print.