PORTABLE PRINTERS
Mac Life|October 2021
We compare the best models for printing on the move

REVIEWED BY HOLLIN JONES

ON TEST...

• Canon PIXMA TR150

• Canon Selphy CP1300

• Epson WorkForce WF–110W

• HPRT MT800

• HP OfficeJet 250

• HP Tango X

YOU’RE NOW MORE likely to own a mobile computing device than a desktop one, with MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones selling in greater numbers than iMacs and Mac minis by a considerable margin. Printer technology however has traditionally remained largely confined to the home. But a new generation of mobile printers has evolved that’s designed to be portable, often with battery power, and free to work without a local Wi-Fi network. They also have dedicated iOS apps for printing from an iPhone or iPad — and for device setup and management.

A portable printer can be ideal for anyone working on the move, be they a freelancer or a member of a business. We spend so much of our lives online now — printing labels, invoices, letters, envelopes, and perhaps even photographs are still very much a requirement for many people. The smaller footprint and flexible power options of most of the models on the test mean this is now easy to do wherever you are, and can also be helpful if your home office is particularly compact. The printers we’ve tested demonstrate a combination of portability and performance.

How we tested

Physical and software setup were both considered, the ease of installing cartridges, getting the printer connected to your network and devices, and managing its settings either via its onboard controls or an iOS app. Speed of printing in pages per minute was measured, as well as the print quality in color, and black and white. Battery life was also considered where battery power was a feature, and we took into account the size and weight of the printer.

Things to consider…

>>> Size and weight

All these printers are smaller than a typical desktop model, but some are particularly small, albeit with some trade-offs in terms of features.

>>> Battery life

Most of the models on test have the option of battery power for use away from mains power. Some of the batteries are integrated and others are an extra.

>>> Connectivity

Wireless connectivity is standard but there are other options ranging from USB to Bluetooth. Some models can also create peer–to–peer wireless connections with no need for a router.

>>> Print performance

Your needs may vary from simple black and white through to color photos, and different models have different strengths.

> Canon PIXMA TR150

$229.99 From canon.com

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