Mobile printing is no longer limited to just smartphone technology these days. An option that’s becoming more popular is portable printers that allow business travelers, students, and people who spend their life on the go to plug in and print anywhere. Photographers are finding that portable photo printers are an excellent way to give people instant party pics, which makes everything from birthday parties to bar nights all the more fun.
Here are some popular models:
Canon PIXMA iP110 Wireless Mobile Printer (Rated 4 out of 5 stars in Amazon)
A no-frills approach to printing on the go, Canon’s iP110 wirelessly connects to your devices using pre-installed AirPrint and Chrome Print technology. It’s among the more affordable business-quality mobile printers and its slim profile 2.5″ by 12.7″ by 7.3″ inches (HWD) and 5-pound weight makes it easy to tuck into your checked luggage. The iP110 is compatible with a rechargeable battery to make you fully mobile on the go. Downsides? The ink cartridges are a bit small, according to PC World, and brand name inks are expensive, but you can save money on this expense by buying compatible Canon iP110 cartridges and buying in bundles.
HP Officejet 250 Mobile All-in-One Printer (Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars in Amazon)
Another business-grade printer for those on the go is the Officejet 250 Mobile from HP. This model comes with all-in-one printer scanner and copier technology designed to give you everything you need to get the job done anywhere. Like the iP110 it comes compatible with a rechargeable battery, and its LCD interface makes it more user-friendly than traditional mobile printers. The Officejet 250 Mobile is heavier than many other mobile models, however—in part likely due to the scanner technology it tows along. The HP Officejet 250’s ink cartridges come in standard and high yield sizes so you get more prints from one cartridge.
Page Yield Black: 200
Page Yield Color: 165
Page Yield XL Black: 600
Page Yield XL Color: 415
Cartridge Models: HP 62/62XL
Original HP Price: Std. $17.99/$22.99 XL. $41.99/44.99
LD Price: Std. $14.99/$18.99 XL. $18.99/22.99 (Remanufactured)
Canon Selphy CP1200 Wireless Compact Photo Printer (Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars in Amazon)
Travelling photographers today can bring a darkroom with them wherever they go. Several manufacturers have developed mobile photo printers in the past several years, often innovating new ink technology to make printing more compact. Selphy uses a four-pass thermal dye process reminiscent of your pharmacy photo printer, made compact for easy on-the-go printing. It’s affordable, lightweight, and connects wirelessly to your devices. The CP1200 features a rechargeable battery to let you bring your printer out into the world without being tethered to a power source. Perhaps the only downside is that it only prints 4″ x 6″ images.
Page Yield: RP-108 High Capacity: 108, KC-1815: 18 labels
Cartridge Models: RP-108 High Capacity (4” x 6”), KC-1815 Labels (2.1” x 3.4”)
Original Canon Price: $14.99/$39.99
Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab (Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars in Amazon)
A slightly larger option for photographers is the Epson Picturemate PM-400. This model uses a traditional inkjet print head setup to create vivid full-color images instantly, giving you excellent desktop-printer quality results on the go. Wireless WiFi connection makes it a great option for parties, wedding photobooths, and more. Unfortunately, it does not come with a compatible battery, which means it’s not as mobile as some other mobile photo printers.
Page Yield: 100 4” x 6” photos
Cartridge Models: Picturemate 400 series print pack (SKU: t320p)
Original Epson Price: $38.99
Mobility is a crucial element in our lives today. Our ability to take everything we need on the go has opened up a plethora of creative opportunities for people the world over, making everyone’s lives easier and more accessible. At the same time, print technology has evolved in the new digital landscape to make it a better option than ever before, as evidenced by the innovative technology listed above. Getting the most out of your printer, no matter where you are, is the next step in our work and our creative lives.
*Prices indicated above are as of February 21, 2017