When it comes to travelling on business or pleasure related matters there are a number of reasons why taking a wireless portable printer would be incredibly advantageous. Find out more below.
When it comes down to it there are lots of different reasons to bring a mobile printing device, but I’ll go over a core few which can make all the difference.
Taking one on business excursions can be a massive benefit, time saver and a money saver too. If you need high quality photos being printed of then and there you can do that with the right device. If you need something ultra compact to slip into your pocket or along side your laptop then if you pick the correct choice your printing needs will be catered to. Whether you need something very small and compact which has limited printing options. Or whether you want something larger and hence less portable but with far greater core functions, then you’ll find something to suit your needs.
A wireless portable printer can arrive big or small – either an inkjet printer which is the big one, or a thermal based printer which is the small one. Each of them have their own added advantages as well as drawbacks.
Thermal based printers can weigh as little as one pound and are generally no larger than 1.5 pounds. They’re roughly the size of a laptop battery and when I say ‘slip into a pocket’ I’m no exaggerating – although you’d better make sure the pocket is somewhat deep! They don’t require ink because they use thermal printing heads – and they’re far more reliable because there are no moving parts such as the inkjet head which goes horizontally across the page.
But as I’m sure you can imagine there are some drawbacks too – to start with they’re very limited in their core functions with their secondary functions but practically non existent. Core printing functions are how quickly it printers, the resolution in dots per inch – the basics which are necessary to classify the device as good or bad. Secondary functions are capabilities such as scanning, sending faxes or copier other sheets of paper – and they definitely can’t do this.
When it comes to thermal printing you have to recognize that you’re dealing with a compromise between accessibility and functionality. Its portability makes in unique – and for people who genuinely need this level of absolute mobility they’re willing to compromise on some core capabilities. On the other hand its functions are still very limited, many cannot print color and their black and white printing is around 200-300 x 200-300 dots per inch. This is more than fine for serious, work-related printing such as black and white documents or diagrams. But if you were trying to impress some important clients it’s not what you’d be pulling out.
Inkjet printers can print to far high resolutions and don’t just achieve color printing – they can print photographs with ease too. This isn’t all of them of course – but it certainly is the vast majority of their later models – and when it comes to either HP’s or Canon’s latest devices it’s certainly true.
They’re far quicker and more detailed – but they’re also much larger and heavier – around 4-6 pounds in weight and the size of a net book but double the thickness.
Which is best? It’s up to you to pick which wireless portable printer is best for you – the best is what’s best for your needs, where you requiring printing and what you need to print off.