One of the great things about using portable printers for the car is that you’re not limited by size. This allows for full sized A4 printing as well as various wireless interfaces all culminating in you getting the best arrangement in terms of transportability and device capabilities. Find out more below.
When it comes to this kind of ultra specific device you’ll be looking to buy an inkjet based device as opposed to a thermal one. I won’t go into the specific cons and pros, but needless to say that thermal technology is a trade off which allow for absolute mobility in terms of size and weight – but at the expense of the main abilities of the printer such as resolution and speed.
Seeing as you don’t need something which is as transportable you can opt to go for a larger device, which is superior in every single aspect aside from mobility which is the one thing which isn’t so important. One immediate advantage is that most of these devices allow for a car charger to be purchased which is perfect for your portable printer. It uses the car’s cigarette lighter to charge the device and you’ll find that all models for both Canon and HP made in the last 5-8 years come with one available.
The best option for you would be the wireless Canon PIXMA iP100 Portable Printer which is perfect for people who need the best of both worlds in terms of ability and transportability.
Now admittedly this isn’t as small as thermally based devices like I mentioned above, but it is in the bottom 20% of printers in terms of both physical dimensions and mass. It allows for Bluetooth wireless connectivity with infrared as standard. It can print up to 9600 x 2400 dpi resolution for color photographs in ultra high resolution, as well as allowing for 600 x 600 dpi for monochrome.
Taking a look at its reliability you’ll find that this portable inkjet printer is almost definitely one of the best out there. I’d go so far as to say it’s the best. This isn’t just my own experiences talking; it’s the culminations of years of research and reading about it as well as the different competition (by HP) which is had.
All inkjet printers allow for A4 sized printing which is something that thermally based ones do not. Not only do they allow A4 but certainly go larger than that allowing for enveloped and large letters to be processed.
Ultimately I think that when you’re picking a wireless mobile printing device there are some big decisions you need to make.
Now there’s no denying that inkjet based designs are far better than their thermal competitors in every aspect aside from mobility – but if you’re using it elsewhere other than your car they should be considered. They’re dramatically smaller and have much lower running costs. They don’t require ink cartridges to run and most importantly they’re much more reliable with warranties spanning 25 years in some cases. What’s more is you don’t need to carry around paper, because it’s store within the main body and its wireless adapters are internal as opposed to external. All this means that you’re able to reach a far greater level of transportability.
Do you want a printer that you can move, or a movable printer? That’s the question.