Do you often need print documents when you are not at home and only have your tablet or laptop? So I really think you need one portable printer. Have you never heard of that? No problem, let's fix it immediately.

So easily imaginable, mobile printers are compact, lightweight printers that can work with battery and they can be used on the go even when an outlet is not available. They are ideal both for professionals who need to print a lot of documents "on the go" and for photo enthusiasts looking for a quick and fast solution to printing their photos. There are more and more on the market. Some examples? I will settle for you immediately.

Below you will find some of the best mobile printers currently available on the market, some dedicated to printing classic A4 documents and some dedicated to photo printing. Choose the one that best suits your needs and buy it directly online, with just one click! The prices are higher than those of "traditional" printers, but they are not prohibitive, at least in most cases.

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How to choose a portable printer

Portable printers are not all the same. In fact, there are many different types and to find the one that best suits your needs, you must learn to evaluate various technical characteristics - let's try to discover them in detail.

Printer for documents or photos

The first important distinction to be made is that between document printers y photo printers. Printers for document production use a system ink-jet Like most popular home printers, they can almost always print in color and ensure excellent performance even when it comes to printing graphic content.

Photo printers, on the other hand, use a defined system thermal sublimation where the polymers in solid state are treated with heat to go to the gaseous state and print the colors on the sheet. The interesting thing about this system is that it does not require cartridges. However, it requires a photo paper which can be particularly expensive. Also, it is good to specify that photo printers do not allow you to print documents larger than the classic 10 × 15 cm photo format, therefore, for example, they do not allow the creation of A4 documents. In contrast, inkjet printers can often print photos but with a lower quality than thermal sublimation printers.

Laser printers would also be suitable for document production, which, as you may already know, allows you to print many documents in series at high speed, but in the portable field they are practically nowhere to be found.

Standard printer or multifunction printer

Like traditional 'home' printers, mobile printers can also be divided into standard printers, which offer only the print function, and multifunction printers, which instead also includes a scanner and therefore can be used for photocopying and scanning.

As you can easily guess, MFPs are only the inkjet type (therefore they are primarily designed for text documents, even if they are often equipped with photo paper backing) and cost more than standard ones. It is up to you to decide whether it is worth considering based on your budget and printing needs.

performance

Before buying a printer, carefully evaluate yours performanceThat is, the speed it uses to print documents and / or photos and the maximum resolution that the obtained prints can have.

la print speed is expressed in ppm (pages per minute) o ipm (images per minute) for documents and just in second for photos (for example, 40 seconds to get a 10 × 15 cm photo). The ppm and ipm values ​​vary depending on whether you are printing in color or black and white (black and white prints are faster) and depending on whether the printer is powered by an electrical outlet or a battery (power from the battery may decrease printer performance a bit).

Print resolution is indicated in DPI (dots per inch) And as you can easily guess, the higher it is, the sharper the content printed on the sheet. However, it is good to note that there are almost always two values ​​of PPE: a real one that the printer manages to guarantee with its internal mechanics and a "inflated" one that is achieved thanks to the systems to optimize and improve the image.

The same can be said of the scanners integrated in multifunction printers, which have two resolutions (always measured in DPI): one basic, real and the other increased through various technologies to improve the image.

Wi-Fi support

Most portable printers support WiFi connection, so you can use it wirelessly with mobile phones, tablets and PCs with any Wi-Fi connection, but there are also some that work exclusively through a USB cable.

The most advanced models support technology Wi-Fi direct, thanks to which the printer can communicate wirelessly with other devices (such as mobile phones and tablets) without having a router or a supporting Wi-Fi network, and cloud printing that allow you to order prints from any workplace via Internet.

Supported paper sizes

Most document printers (inkjet printers) support sheets up to size A4, while photo printers, as already mentioned above, generally stop at the format 10x15cm. That said, if you have special needs and want to print on particular sheet formats, before opening your wallet make sure they are compatible with the printer you want to buy.

Always staying on the subject of sheets, I advise you to check for the presence of a component like ADF which in the most advanced portable printer models allows you to automatically load sheets for printing.

Power supply and autonomy

Portable printers are such that they can also operate via rechargeable batteries. Batteries, however, are not all the same. Before buying a portable printer, you would do well to evaluate the performance of its battery, that's how long it can guarantee, and understand whether it is supplied "standard" with the printer or whether it needs to be purchased separately.

Software compatibility

Another important feature to check before buying a printer is its compatibility with the mobile phones, tablets and PCs you use. Buying a printer and then not being able to use it due to a lack of compatible apps or drivers would be a shame!

Other characteristics

Other features that I recommend you consider when choosing a portable printer are the presence or absence of a display to adjust print settings on the fly; the availability of Slot for SD card y USB ports load documents to print without going through a PC, mobile phone or tablet; the cartridges and / or paper cost printer replacement; support to automatic duplex to print the sheets in both sides automatically and of course printer weight and dimensions, which can seriously affect your portability.

The best portable document printer

So far everything clear? Well then i would say ban the talk and see right away what the best portable printers of the moment Let's start with the models dedicated mainly to printing documents.

HP Tango X

Although it is not a portable printer in the true sense of the word (since it requires direct power through the power outlet and does not have any batteries), the HP Tango X It has characteristics such as being considered a portable printer. It measures 389.6 x 615.8 x 260.7 mm for 3.4 kg of weight and, thanks to the wireless support that allows you to connect to multiple devices simultaneously, it allows you to make prints, scans and copies from your mobile (it does not have a scanner included, therefore scans and copies are made through the mobile phone camera). Based on inkjet technology, it looks very stylish and prints up to 1200 x 1200 dpi in black and white and up to 4.800 x 1.200 dpi in color with a throughput equal to 11 ppm in black and white and 8 ppm in color. . Includes HP Instant Ink subscription service that allows you to get 15 prints / month for free and receive replacement cartridges at home automatically, as soon as the printer requests it.

HP Tango X Color MFP for Mobile Devices.

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HP OfficeJet 200

If you are looking for a portable printer to print documents, take a look at HP OfficeJet 200 It supports all major paper formats (A4, A5, A6, B5, B5, A2, C5, C6 and DL envelopes and 10x15cm photos) and guarantees performance of up to 10ppm Black & White and Color of 7 ppm with a resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 DPI. Supports printing via Wi-Fi and runs on a long-lasting rechargeable battery. Its measurements are equal to 364 x 186 x 69 mm for 2,2 kg of weight. To underline the presence of a screen that allows you to adjust print settings, while unfortunately there is no support for automatic duplex.

HP OfficeJet 200 Portable Printer, 4800X1200, Black

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Epson Workforce WF-100W

In the same price range is also the Epson Workforce WF-100WAnother color ink jet for printing A4 documents that can be used in the classical way (i.e. connected to the power outlet) or on the move thanks to an integrated battery. It measures 30.9 x 15.4 x 6.1 cm for 1.6 kg of weight and prints up to 7 pages / min in black and white and 4 pages / min in color (5,760 × 1,440 DPI). Supports Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and cloud printing services.

Epson Workforce Wf-100W 11Ppm Color Printer, 3-in-1 MFP with ...

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Canon Pixma iP110

Also very interesting is the Canon Pixma iP110, an inkjet for printing A4 documents and photos that can be powered by standard or by a battery (purchased separately) for mobile use. It measures 322 x 226 x 62 mm for 2 kg of weight and guarantees a performance equal to 9 IPM in black and white and 5.8 IPM in color with a resolution of 9600 × 2400 DPI. It also prints photos at a speed of 53 seconds per image. It can be connected to the PC via USB or Wi-Fi.

Canon 9596B009 Pixma IP 110 Inkjet Inkjet Printers

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HP Officejet 250

la HP Officejet 250 It is an inkjet multifunction printer that allows you to print, scan and photocopy; everything in motion thanks to an integrated battery with long autonomy. Admits A4 sheets, A5, A6, B5 (ISO); B5 (JIS); A2, C5, C6, DL (envelopes) and 10 × 15 cm (photo) and has a 10-sheet ADF. Provides performance of up to 10 ppm in black and white and 7 ppm in color with an optimized resolution of 4800 x 1200 DPI. The scans, however, are carried out at a resolution of 600 DPI. It measures 380.2 x 198.3 x 91.3mm for 3.06kg. It supports Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct technology for direct connection to mobile phones, tablets, and other devices. Unfortunately it does not support automatic printing to double sided.

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Multifunction Printer CZ992A, Print Function…

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Brother PJ-722

la Brother PJ-722 is a portable thermal printer dedicated to document printing (black and white only) in the professional sector (also taking into account the price not exactly affordable). Supports up to A4 size and guarantees a print speed of up to 8 ppm with a resolution of 203 DPI. It measures 255 x 55 x 30 mm by 480 grams of weight. It can be powered from the mains or from a battery, sold separately. The battery, with a 100% charge, guarantees the printing of about 600 pages.

Brother PJ-4 A722 portable printer, 203 Dpi, thermal printing ...

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Brother PJ-763MFi

A higher step is the Brother PJ-763MFi, which has the same characteristics as the model previously analyzed, but produces prints with a maximum resolution of 300 x 300 dpi. Supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Brother PJ-4MFi A763 portable printer with Bluetooth, USB and license ...

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First Trio

la First Trio It is another portable multifunction printer. It is intended for those who have professional needs and need to always carry a device capable of creating prints, photocopies and scans in a short time. It is based on inkjet technology and can print up to 3.1 ppm in black and white and 2.4 ppm in color with a maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 DPI. As for the scans, its performance is 1,4 ppm in black and white and 1,6 ppm in color with a maximum resolution of 600 x 600 DPI. It has a 10-sheet tray and supports sheets up to A4 size. It measures 290 x 46 x 165 mm for 1,2 kg of weight and, as you can easily guess, it can be powered by a rechargeable battery that guarantees a range of 350 pages. Unfortunately, the wireless support is missing - it can only be used via the USB cable. Another major drawback to underline is that of automatic duplexing.

None of the printers listed above seem to fully meet your expectations? In this case, I'm sorry, but you should look for traditional, perhaps compact, printers to use connected to the power outlet. I mentioned many of them in all my buying guides dedicated to printers, for example those with printers Wi Fi, in multifunction laser printers or in printers more generally.

If, on the other hand, you already have a printer and want to buy a portable scanner, check out my dedicated buying guide for portable scanners - inside you'll find products that are suitable for all budgets and all needs (including yours).

The best portable photo printer

Now let's move on to portable photo printers. These are, in most cases, thermal sublimation printers that allow you to take small-format photos wirelessly from mobile phones and tablets. Try to find the one that suits you best.

KiiPix

If you do not have high demands from the point of view of quality and / or are looking for an extremely economical portable photo printer, the most suitable solution for you could be KiiPix - It is a photo printer of only 9.7 × 15.0 × 3.4 cm that works mechanically, without batteries, power supply or wireless connection to the phone. In a nutshell, it works by simply opening the photo to be printed on the mobile phone, inserting the phone into a special slot in the printer and waiting for the print to take place (sublimation, via Instax Mini 46 x 62mm paper, which is not included in the price).

KiiPix Mobile Phone Photo Printer, Black

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Canon SELPHY CP1300

If you need a photo printer to go, you can evaluate the purchase of Canon Selphy CP1300 It measures 180.6 x 135.9 x 63.3 mm for 860 g of weight and can be powered by an optional rechargeable battery that guarantees a range of 54 photos in postcard format. Its performance is equal to 47 seconds / photo with a resolution of 300 × 300 DPI. It mounts a 3.2 ″ screen and supports Bluetooth plus wireless printing technologies such as Apple AirPrint and Wi-Fi Direct. Upload photos from microSD and USB sticks.

Canon Italy Selphy Cp1300 Portable Wi-Fi Printer, Black

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HP Sprocket 200

Are you looking for a compact, practical and relatively cheap photo printer? So I can only recommend the HP Sprocket 200, a thermal sublimation photographic printer that measures only 80 x 117.5 x 25 mm for 72 grams of weight and allows to obtain photos in 5 x 7.6 cm format in approximately 40 seconds. If you buy adhesive paper, it also allows you to create custom stickers extremely easy and fast. It is compatible with all popular models of mobile phones and tablets and it is wireless, in fact it works through a Bluetooth connection. It integrates an 850 mAh battery that guarantees a good level of autonomy.

HP Sprocket Mobile Instant Photo Printer (1AS86A) without ...

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Kodak Mini Photo Printer (KPM-210W)

la Kodak Mini Photo Printer (KPM-210W) is a photo printer based on dye sublimation technology. It measures 7,5 x 2,5 x 14,5 cm for 450 grams of weight and makes 5 x 8 cm prints in approximately 50 seconds each. It can also be battery powered. It supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC and is compatible with all major mobile systems.

Kodak PM - Mini photo printer with base for iPhone and Android, b…

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Polaroid ZIP

la ZIP Polaroid It is a portable photographic printer powered by a 5.00 mAh rechargeable battery that recharges in 1 hour and a half and guarantees an autonomy of 25 prints. Create photos in 2 × 3 ″ format using ZINK (Zero Ink) technology, which allows you to print photos without the use of cartridges or toner. The 'magic' is carried out thanks to the paper used by the printer, which is made up of three layers of aggregated polymers, each of which contains one of the three primary colors, and takes on different shades depending on the heat emitted by the printer . It measures 74 x 120 x 22.8mm for 186 grams of weight and works via NFC or Bluetooth with all major mobile phone and tablet models currently on the market.

Polaroid ZIP - Portable Bluetooth printer with ZINK Zero technology ...

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Fujifilm Instax SHARE SP-3

la Fujifilm Instax SHARE SP-3 is a small portable photo printer designed for use with mobile phones and tablets. It creates prints in 62 x 62 mm format and has a battery with a battery life of approximately 160 prints with a resolution of 320 DPI. It measures 116mm × 130.5mm × 44.4mm by 312 grams of weight. Obviously it connects wirelessly to mobile phones and tablets.

Fujifilm Instax Share Sp-3 portable photo printer, black

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If the photo printers I just told you haven't completely sold you, you can check out my dedicated photo printer buying guide. and discover other models, both portable and 'stationary', that might be right for you.