Compact printers allow you to make hard copies of all kinds of media. They have a much smaller footprint than conventional printers, and they often can be powered by a battery.
The best compact printers, such as the HP Officejet 150 Mobile, the Canon PIXMA iP110 and the Epson WorkForce WF-100, are easy to use and transport. To learn more about compact printers, keep reading, and then check out our additional articles on compact printers.
There are more compact printers on the market than ever, and their long list of features can be overwhelming. We broke down compact printers using the following criteria.
Design is the most important factor in determining the quality of a compact printer. You want a printer that is small so you can move it around. Look for a printer that weighs less than 8 pounds. You should also look for a printer that has a battery power option. This allows you to take the printer on the road without worrying about a power source.
Some compact printers use specialty paper. Look for a printer that can take standard letter-size copy paper. This enables you to easily find paper for the printer at your local store.
Several features are integral to a good portable printer. Some can print in color as well as black and white, which is essential unless you plan to print standard text documents only. Some compact printers also have scanning and copying functionality, which you'll want to look for if you need an all-in-one printing solution. This can be difficult to find in a small printer, but the best compact printer we reviewed is small and has this functionality.
Also consider printers with the wireless printing capabilities that are friendly with your mobile device. If you're an Apple user, look for a printer with AirPrint. If you're an Android user, make sure the printer manufacturer makes an app that is compatible with your devices. This will eliminate a good deal of hassle that could be caused by buying a printer that doesn't work with your preferred mobile system.
Look with a printer that has a print resolution of at least 1200 x 600 dots per inch. This gives you clear, sharp-looking documents. You should also look for a printer that can print at least eight black-and-white pages per minute. Of course, print speed matters much more if you plan on multiple people using the printer at one time.
Help and Support
We called every company's customer support team and gave them a score based on our interaction with them. You should buy a printer from a company that has phone and email support so that you'll have multiple ways to reach them.
You should also look for a company with an active social media presence. Twitter is often the easiest way to get in contact with a company's support team.
Compact printers are not revolutionary in their function, but their innovative designs allow you to print full-page color documents from the road. While digital documents are king, there is still a place for hard copies.