The most popular method of wireless data transfer using portable printers by far is Bluetooth; in fact it’s so popular that some products don’t even allow WiFi anymore. A good example of this is Canon’s iP100 which is Bluetooth only, however it does allow for infrared.
One very useful aspect of the iP100 is its ability to allow internal mounting of an external Bluetooth adapter. Now some people may wonder ‘why not just have an internal adapter’ like one of HP’s printers (the OfficeJet 100), and I think a clear answer to this is with regards to the price.
- Bluetooth adapters for printers are not cheap and most cost at least 50 dollars, so if it’s internally installed that means that you’re simply imposing that extra cost on everyone and spreading it around – regardless of the fact that plenty of people who to print whilst travelling and don’t mind carrying wires and cables to do so.
By having an adapter which is externally but can be ‘mounted’ inside means that you’re able to only pay for what you want. The result? The iP100 is significantly cheaper than its counterpart which means that not everyone is being penalized for the minority.
One advantage of using Bluetooth whilst travelling as opposed to WiFi is that you aren’t tethered to wireless access points. You aren’t limited to having to find somewhere to print of your work, you’re truly free to print wire-free – as opposed to having to spend time (and effort) trying to find a wireless access point.
- What’s more is that you don’t need to keep track of your usb printer cable, nor have to worry about having it on you, packing it, storing it or carrying it.
It’s just one less thing you need to trouble yourself with, and isn’t that the point of wireless connectivity? You shouldn’t have to burden yourself with cables or wires – that’s so 20th century.
If you want to learn more, then find out about wireless Bluetooth technology for Canon’s portable printers here.
You’ll find that Canon and HP are quite similar, although I’d say having this flexibility with their Bluetooth options – especially for their latest product, really does put them ahead.
If you want to find out more, check out our page on the different types of mobile printers to get to grips what you need to know.
- Even if you don’t know what you need to know yet.