Top Portable Printers

The rise of smartphones, tablets and laptops means we now live in a more portable world, but did you know there are a range of printers that are also portable? From portable A4 printers to devices that allow you to print photos on the go, the range of portable machines is extensive.

When researching to find the best portable printer, it’s important to consider what you will be using it for. For example, a frequent flyer may be looking for the ideal travel printer for last minute work, while an avid photographer may be searching for the best portable photo printer to quickly print their latest snaps. Do you want a printer that can print small photographs straight from a smartphone or are you looking for a portable A4 printer? Will you be needing a portable printer scanner, or are you happy to forgo scanner capabilities and purchase a small portable printer without the bells and whistles?

Below we’ve listed a selection of portable printers, along with their specifications and pros and cons, to get you started on your quest to find the perfect portable printer for your needs.

 

Brother PocketJet PJ-773

https://www.brother.com.au/en/work/products/all-printers/printers/pj-773-bundle-pack

The PJ-773 is a super-compact, lightweight option for those who wish to print documents on the go. This portable A4 printer weighs just 0.5kg and can print up to 8 ppm. It’s also wireless (meaning you can print documents directly from your mobile device while on the go) and compatible with Apple AirPrint. The device can handle a range of different paper sizes, from letter to A5 to A4, but it requires thermal paper. It has a mini USB port, allowing for extra connectivity options, as well as both a power adapter and battery pack, for versatility of use. This printer is a little on the pricey side, costing around $1000 AUD for the sleek convenience.

Pros:
– Super lightweight
– Prints quickly for a portable printer (?)

Cons:
– Expensive
– Only functions with thermal paper

Specifications:
Functions: Document printing
Warranty: 12 months return to base warranty
Printing Technology: Thermal
Max Printing Speed: 8 ppm
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): 300 x 300

 

Polaroid Mint

https://www.polaroid.com/mint-printer-camera

This one is a little bit different. As the name suggests, the Polaroid Mint instant digital camera + printer is both a digital camera and portable printer, making it one of the most interesting entries on this list. Polaroid offers two options for the Mint, one with and one without the digital camera attached to the portable printer. For this list we will be focusing on the model with the camera. The Mint comes with a 16 megapixel camera, and a built-in lithium-ion battery that allows for the printing of 40 photos per charge. Photos can be captured on the Mint, then printed, or photos can be printed from a mobile device via Bluetooth connection. The Mint is available in black, white, red, yellow or blue, and costs around $230 AUD.

 

Pros:
– 2-in-1 camera and photo printer
– Very lightweight, compact and sleek

Cons:
– Expensive paper
– Can only create 2 x 3” prints with sticky backs

Specifications:
Functions: Photo printing, digital camera
Printing Technology: Zero Ink (ZINK)
Printing Speed: < 60 seconds per print
Print size: 2 x 3”



HP Sprocket Plus

https://h20386.www2.hp.com/AustraliaStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=2FR86A&opt=&sel=PRN

The Sprocket Plus by HP is another photo-exclusive printer for this list. It uses ZINK technology to print, and shares many similarities with the Polaroid Mint. This pocket-sized portable printer creates 2.3 x 3.4 inch prints with sticker backs, and allows for printing via Bluetooth, directly from your smartphone. It has marketed itself as “the world’s thinnest portable photo printer”, and is around the size of a smartphone. The Plus is compatible with the free HP Sprocket app, which allows for the customisation of photos before printing. Weighing just 204 grams, this lightweight device will cost you around $179 AUD.

Pros:
– Thin and portable
– Convenient app with photo editing capabilities

Cons:
– Expensive running costs
– Only prints photographs

Specifications:
Functions: Photo printing
Warranty: 12 months limited warranty
Printing Technology: Zero Ink (ZINK)
Printing Speed: Up to 68 seconds per print
Print size: 2.3 x 3.4”

 

Canon PIXMA MOBILE iP110

https://www.canon.com.au/printers/pixma-ip110

Canon’s iP110 is a portable printer capable of printing both documents and photos. This device can print black and white documents at a speed of up to 20 ppm and colour documents at speeds of up to 14 ppm. It can also print borderless 4 x 6” photographs at a speed of around 51 seconds per print. It is capable of being used with a rechargeable battery kit (sold separately), and is Wi-Fi compatible, allowing for flexible printing options. The iP110 works with applications such as Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint, and PIXMA Cloud Print allows for integration with Facebook, Flickr, Evernote and more, enabling on-the-go printing. It is also designed to save power, with an Auto Power On feature that activates when a print is sent, and an automatic power off for when it is not in use. The PIXMA MOBILE iP110 will cost you around $349 AUD.

 

Pros:
– Affordable for a photo and document printer
– Relatively fast printing

Cons:
– Battery pack is sold separately
– Multiple colours in a cartridge mean that once one colour is empty the whole cartridge needs to be replaced

Specifications:
Functions: Document printing, photo printing
Warranty: 12 month manufacturer warranty
Printing Technology: InkJet, FINE print-head
Black and White Document Printing\ Speed: Up to 20 ppm
Colour Document Printing Speed: Up to 14 ppm
Photo Printing Speed: Up to 51 seconds per print
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): 9600 x 2400

 

Epson WorkForce WF-100

https://www.epson.com.au/products/inkjet/WorkForceWF-100_Specs.asp

This lightweight machine can print both A4 documents and borderless 4 x 6” photos on the go. With a built-in, rechargeable battery, the WF-100 can be charged via USB or plugged into a wall using an AC adapter. It has a 1.44” colour LCD screen, making navigation simple, and is Wi-Fi-enabled, allowing you to print from a smartphone, tablet or laptops without cords. Printing speeds are a little on the slow side. The WF-100 can print black and white documents at speeds of up to 7 ppm, colour at speeds up to 4 ppm, and 4 x 6” borderless photos in around 77 seconds. This machine has an auto power-off function, which helps to conserve battery life, and it weighs in at around 1.6kgs. The WF-100 costs about $379 AUD.

 

Pros:
– Lightweight
– USB charging

Cons:
– Slow printing speeds
– Ink is a little pricey

Specifications:
Functions: Document printing, photo printing
Warranty: 12 months return to base (extended warranty available at additional cost)
Printing Technology: InkJet
Black and White Document Printing Speed: Up to 7 ppm
Colour Document Printing Speed: Up to 4 ppm
Photo Printing Speed: Up to 77 seconds per print
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): 5760 x 1440