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Essentially there are two mobile printers which can be AirPrint Enabled
The downside is they’re not as portable as the devices which can’t be AirPrint enabled. The smallest and most lightweight devices are thermal printers.
Thermal printers don’t have moving parts (they use thermal diodes) and so instead of requiring air space for the inkjet head to move and operate they can be constructed very compactly.
This compact construction makes the whole device much stronger and durable – have you ever seen an ancient looking yellow cash register? Its gone from white to yellow because it’s about 30 years old, but it’ll keep on going because all receipt printers use thermal technology because it’s so reliable.
Unfortunately the two main thermal printers (the Brother PocketJet 6 is my favorite black and white printer) only have Bluetooth wireless connections which means they’re unable to be used.
The AirPrint Functional Canon PIXMA iP100
The product which I promote the heaviest is and most likely will be for the next for years… the Canon PIXMA iP100 mobile photo printer. Although ‘photo’ is in the name don’t think that this is some photo-only device, it’s photo-capable but it’s far more used by professionals who need printing in the field.
The reason I promote this product is because it’s the best. It terms of specifications, reliability and functionality this baby just win win wins.
- Don’t just take my word for it… check out some reviews of it here first. (more importantly compare it with HP’s rival which I’m about to go on to talk about)
After you’ve installed the printer app and assuming you’re at a WiFi spot you won’t have any problems wirelessly printing to your iP100 from your iPad, iPhone or MacBook.
This is perfect if you have an iPhone or iPad which can create its own wireless access point. You just need to connect the printer and get going.
You can also check out my review of Canon’s main mobile photo printer here.
The Second Device… the one I wouldn’t buy…
This would, of course, be HP’s OfficeJet 100. Frankly I can see no reason to purchase this device whatsoever. It costs more. Its specifications (such as dots per inch printing resolution) are worse, and from my own experiences using it and taking it apart combined with the plethora of user reviews on the internet brings me to the conclusion that it’s simply not as reliable as the iP100.
This doesn’t mean it’s not a fine piece of equipment. Of course it is. It just means you can get a much better product for a cheaper price… so why would you go buy it in the first place?
Assuming you can both read and have basic technology knowledge then you’ll probably come to the conclusion that most other people have. That it’s number two.
I’m a forward man. It makes people almost scared that I essentially say that the iP100 is the best, the OJ 100 is second best and that that’s almost all of your choice. But that’s the truth.
If you want any other recommendations then you’re going to be fairly disappointed. Only Canon and HP manufacture this type of mobile printer which is fully movable and relocatable because it has a battery component.
They do both have past products which you can look into, but these are worse in so many ways. Firstly barely anyone sells them anymore, if you do find a seller it’s probably not a new but a refurbished product.
Secondly if it breaks down then don’t count on anyone being able to repair it for you. The chances are slim that they have the components… or the expertise.
Thirdly… some of them are actually more expensive. Combine this with their reduced specifications plus lack of compatibility and drivers and it would be a rather foolish endeavor to try and get them hooked up to print wirelessly via AirPrint.
More Irritating Possibilities
It would seem that it’s worth mentioning a few scenarios which you may find laudable. If you desperately need to print to your iPad via Bluetooth you can of course use a Bluetooth enabled laptop as an intermediary.
Don’t even think about bothering with using Apple’s Bluetooth devices because those are so limited as to be almost completely useless.
In fact you will need to transfer via usb cables the work from your Apple product onto your laptop. Turn on your printer and activate its Bluetooth and do the same with your laptop. Then you can send the information across.
This does take away the need to have a WiFi point close by. It’s also a massive hassle, you might as well have just worked on your iPad and done it all there.
Nevertheless some people will definitely prefer to work on their iPad and handle all that complicated stuff like printing which Apple rather enjoys to limit.
- By the way, as a side note you can find out more about the HP AirPrint Printers here.
At some point I do certainly expect some kind of authorized Apple mobile AirPrint device to be released at a bombshell of a price and of course only functional with other Apple products… but they don’t seem to be in a hurry.
As I understand it their team was more concerned with making sure that their regular AirPrint desktop printers were functioning because lots of the original HP ones were… well, junk.
They certainly need to learn to walk before they can run, and before the walking part the crawling part is very important so Apple certainly has a lot of catching up to do. When it comes to cool looking products and shiny metal exteriors they can run the 100 metres faster than Usain Bolt, but not at products which are technologically flexible.
Before I pop off I’d like to say that some of you will find my page which simply explains HP’s ePrint useful.
Have a good day.