Best Mobile Printers

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 23, 2017
The life today demands perpetual mobility from all of us. Traveling anywhere we carry mobile phones and portable computers to be constantly connected to the global infosphere. For the ultimate mobility, we recommend adding a mobile printer to your mobile office. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
PRINTS
INTERFACES
PRINT SPEED
TRAY CAPACITY
RESOLUTION
COMPATIBILITY
MAX PAPER FORMAT
POWER SOURCE
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PROS
The PictBridge technology allows printing photos directly from a camera via USB port or an optional wireless adapter. The printer is Energy Star certified and thus power saving. It has a convenient foldable paper tray.
CONS
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters are purchased separately.
OUR VERDICT
This HP wireless printer is a perfect choice for the frequent travelers requiring a compact durable device that can compete with desktop devices in printing speed.
detailed parameters
PRINTS
- Documents - Photos
INTERFACES
Hi-speed USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Memory card slot
PRINT SPEED
Black: 22 ppm Color: 18 ppm
TRAY CAPACITY
50 sheets
RESOLUTION
Color: 4800x1200 dpi; Black: 1200x1200 dpi
COMPATIBILITY
Windows, Mac OS, Palm OS
MAX PAPER FORMAT
8.3" x 11.7" (A4)
POWER SOURCE
AC adapter, Li-Ion rechargeable battery, DC car adapter
DIMENSIONS
13.4" x 6.45" x 3.25"; 4.5 pounds
PROS
The universal battery of the printer can be charged via both USB port and AC adapter. The automatic power-off function extends the useful life of your device.
CONS
No Bluetooth compatibility.
OUR VERDICT
The built-in color LCD display makes setting up this printer easy and comfortable. Anyone looking for a reliable assistant to print out invoices, presentations, and photos will be happy with this device.
detailed parameters
PRINTS
- Documents - Photos
INTERFACES
Hi-speed USB, Wi-Fi Direct
PRINT SPEED
via AC Black: Up to 6.7 ipm; Color: Up to 3.8 ipm via Battery Black: Up to 3.5 ipm; Color: Up to 2.0 ipm 4" х 6" photo ~ 77 sec
TRAY CAPACITY
20 sheets 1 envelope 5 photopaper sheets
RESOLUTION
5760x1440 dpi
COMPATIBILITY
iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS
MAX PAPER FORMAT
8.5" x 14"
POWER SOURCE
AC adapter, Li-Ion rechargeable battery
DIMENSIONS
12.2" x 6.1" x 2.4"; 3.5 pounds
PROS
This printer provides you a possibility to transform your favorite movies into the series of printed photos or film prints. The Easy-PhotoPrint+ technology allows editing photos from any place if you have the Internet access.
CONS
No battery is included in the package. It should be bought separately.
OUR VERDICT
It is rather a compact model that will be a winning choice for a cameraman in the trip who needs high-resolution prints of quality photos.
detailed parameters
PRINTS
- Documents - Photos
INTERFACES
USB, Wi-Fi
PRINT SPEED
Black: Up to 9.0 ipm; Color: Up to 5.9 ipm; 4" х 6" photo ~ 53 sec
TRAY CAPACITY
50 sheets
RESOLUTION
Color: 9600x2400 dpi; Black: 600x600 dpi
COMPATIBILITY
iOs, Android, Windows, Windows RT, Mac OS
MAX PAPER FORMAT
8.5" x 11"
POWER SOURCE
AC adapter, Li-Ion LK-62 rechargeable battery (not included)
DIMENSIONS
12.7" x 7.3" x 2.5"; 4.3 pounds
PROS
There are various pre-set templates available like the Real Time template to print on photos the date, time, location, and weather conditions. The device also features a LED indicator showing the remaining film and another indicator for the battery charge.
CONS
Borders of photos might seem to be too large.
OUR VERDICT
This mobile printer will help you share colorful and vibrant photos from parties and other outstanding events with your friends.
detailed parameters
PRINTS
- Photos
INTERFACES
Wi-Fi
PRINT SPEED
1 photo ~ 16 sec
TRAY CAPACITY
10 sheets
RESOLUTION
256 dpi
COMPATIBILITY
Android 2.3 and newer, iOS 5.0 and newer
MAX PAPER FORMAT
2" x 3"
POWER SOURCE
AC-5VX adapter, 2x CR2 batteries
DIMENSIONS
4" x 1.65" x 4.82"; 0.56 pounds
PROS
You can print bright and vivid photos, fully smudge-proof and sticky to any surface if you use a special ZINK photo paper. You will also be able to add emojis, text, links and a lot more to your photos. The battery of this printer is fully charged within 1.5 hours.
CONS
The printer lacks an application making it compatible with Windows Phone.
OUR VERDICT
You might not just print out your photos but also embed there hidden messages accessible by an individual QR code only via this printer.
detailed parameters
PRINTS
- Photos
INTERFACES
Bluetooth, NFC
PRINT SPEED
1 photo ~ 60 sec
TRAY CAPACITY
10 sheets
RESOLUTION
~ 256 dpi
COMPATIBILITY
iOS, Android
MAX PAPER FORMAT
2" x 3"
POWER SOURCE
Li-Ion rechargeable battery (500 mAh)
DIMENSIONS
2.9" x 4.7" x 0.9"; 0.41 pounds

What is a Mobile Printer

A lot of people got used to laptop computers, mobile phones, and tablets already. Availability of all these devices has canceled the necessity to have a working place in an office or an apartment. Nevertheless, you might have arrived in a situation, when you urgently needed to print out something and had to look for a place to do that. In order to avoid this happening in the future, we advise you to consider buying a mobile printer. A mobile printer has almost the same functions as the desktop devices though with lower output and printing speed. At the same time, it is portable and can be carried anywhere. The main task of mobile printers is to provide you with a possibility to make paper prints while on the go or out of the working place. It can be done using either cable or wireless connection.

If you are unsatisfied with the performance of mobile printers, we recommend you to take a look at Wireless Printers that can be used both at home and in the office.

What Features to Compare

We would like to start our current review with Compatibility Options allowing you to connect the mobile printer to other devices. You can instantly print documents and photos from various modern phones, tablets, and laptops via the wireless connection. The producers provide printers with appropriate Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or NFC adapters. In addition to the wireless connectivity modern printers feature the wired connection to a USB port. This alternative may be especially convenient for devices without wireless modules, such as digital cameras. Since printing is done on various materials of different sizes you should think in advance about your particular demands to the printer. People who intend to print mostly photos are advised to consider buying compact-size photo printers reproducing 2 x 3 inches photocards within a minute. Though, if you want to print documents, contracts, reports, or presentations as well, we recommend thinking of getting ink-jet printers supporting the paper input of up to A4 size. You should make an extra check if the software installed in the printer is compatible with the applications in your devices that would serve as sources for printing before making the final choice.

Despite the fact that the main feature of these devices is their portability we still recommend to analyze their Performance. The performance includes printing speed, resolution, and power source. Photos are printed by mobile printers with a substantively low printing speed; users should be prepared to spend 16 to 60 seconds printing out 1 photo. In contrast, mobile ink-jets might please you with the speed of document printing. It is almost the same as that of the desktop models and makes up to 22 ppm for black prints and 18 ppm for the color ones. The quality of print-outs depends on their resolution that is measured in dots-per-inch, same as the desktop printers. The more dots are put into one inch of surface the better the quality of printing is. The performance also depends on the printer power source. The device mobility hugely depends on the capacity of its rechargeable battery. This factor determines for how long your mobile printer will operate without recharging. Some printer models can use alternative power sources, i.e. aside the built-in battery they may be switched to the AC or DC adapter.

Making your choice of the mobile printer, you should think if it is User-friendly. This device will accompany you often and its actual "friendliness" depends on its dimensions and weight. The more compact it is the more comfortable its transportation is to you. The smallest and most light-weighted are compact photo printers that might fit even in your pocket. Another important feature is the size of input tray. It defines how often you have to refill it with paper. Small-size photo printers usually allow putting up to 10 sheets of photo paper into the tray while for ink-jet printers this number may reach up to 50 sheets of A4 size.

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HP OfficeJet H470

Mobile Does not Mean Slow

Many of us who are on the road frequently and for a long time have been in a situation when the need to print some document was really urgent, but the drive home or to an office would have been a waste of precious time. For these moments the advanced manufacturers have designed mobile printers. These devices relieve you from this type of trouble.

Speaking about the HP OfficeJet H470 model we would like to start with the fact that its compact size does not prevent it from featuring an incredible printing speed that brings it in line with any desktop printer. The manufacturer states that it is the fastest mobile printer in the world. The printer perfectly handles both quality black-and-white printouts and high-resolution color photos of up to 4800x1200 dpi. If used exclusively for the document printing this device features the output of maximum 22 sheets per minute. Many desktop printers for home use are not much more effective, for example, the laser printer Brother HL L2340DW can make 27 ppm though it has considerably larger dimensions. We believe this model will be a good alternative to your home printer and will succeed in many assignments.

Review of HP OfficeJet H470 Mobile Printer

The Giant of Printers Market

Hewlett-Packard is one of the most known international manufacturers of computer hardware and peripherals and the leading developer of cutting-edge software and technologies. A great number of products developed by the company became outstanding achievements of the global progress. One of these breakthroughs was the first color printer. Today, HP controls almost 38% of the world market of printers. The company strives to evolve and continuously invests into the research and development activities. After the merger with Compaq in 2002, the united corporation gained international leadership in PC sales. Later, having acquired Electronic Data Systems in 2009 it got access to the world market of IT services and promptly became the second biggest player there. In 2014 the company has split into two separate businesses. HP Inc. retained the printer production as its major business after the splitting.

HP OfficeJet H470 Mobile Printer in the use

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We recommend purchasing a Bluetooth adapter connecting your printer to peripheral devices wirelessly for the ultimate comfort of printing.

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HP OfficeJet H470
HP OfficeJet H470
 

Epson WorkForce WF-100

The Most Compact A4 Printer

This printer has the size only a little bigger than a box of paper tissues. But it is a fully functional ink-jet printer capable of printing documents, contracts, photos and many other things. Many frequent travelers that regularly have to prepare and print out documents on the standard A4 sheets of paper would probably choose this model. Potential buyers might be the real estate agents desiring to print a contract promptly or the engineers working on a customer’s site and needing to make changes in designs printed on paper. It should be mentioned that this printer is foldable, i.e. you can easily fold its tray and put it into a travel bag or a carrying case after having finished the job. The downside is that the small size has slightly affected the printing speed. Though minor inconveniences are definitely outweighed by the pluses like light weight and portability. We would like to mention also that the built-in battery ensures reliable printing of up to 100 sheets of monochrome documents or 50 pages with color pictures.

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Birth of the First Printer

The office staff today do not even think who stood at the roots of routine office equipment and tools. The story of printers started back in 1822, when the famous British mathematician, philosopher, and inventor Charles Babbage had designed a device that should have printed out texts for his difference engine. The difference engine was his prototype of a computer, it could multiply and divide numbers independently. The idea was to simplify the job of banking clerks. But he got no external funding and had no own resources to finance the manufacturing process in 1834. Only in 2000 the London Science Museum completed the assembly of the printer designed by Babbage in the XIX century. More common ink-jet printers were invented only in the second half of the XX century. In 1953 Remington-Rand succeeded in designing a device capable of printing up to 600 text lines continuously. The race was picked up by Seiko-Epson, which has developed a matrix printer. Finally, since 1975 several companies proposed laser printers to the market. This was a breakthrough leading to the booming expansion of laser printers to the mass market. Currently, all manufacturers constantly improve the printing quality and attempt to introduce new technologies in this field. We can mention the wireless printing, mobile printing and printing from the cloud resources as the most recent examples.

Epson WorkForce WF-100 Wireless Mobile Printer in the use

More Products to Consider

For the comfortable transportation of your printer, you might buy a printer carrying bag and put your device and its charging cables there.

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Epson WorkForce WF-100
Epson WorkForce WF-100
 

Canon PIXMA iP110

PIXMA Cloud Printing

The technologies of modern printing hardware are being constantly improved. It seems that there is nothing more to add to a printer. But certain manufacturers succeed to surprise their customers with new possibilities. The Canon PIXMA iP110 model is a proof. It provides you with an option to print out your documents and photos from the cloud storages. It is very convenient to be able to download your memorabilia from the cloud and print them. Taking the advantage of the improved PIXMA Cloud link technology you can print documents, photos, and PDF-files from the Internet. This technology allows connecting to the Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, and Evernote, or printing your favorite photos and pictures from the social networks like Facebook or Twitter within seconds. You can also get access to your Web albums by-passing your PC. This printer model gives you a possibility to try a new Easy Photo Print+ technology for designing greeting cards or funny combinations of photos. If you love to travel around the globe and make photos sharing your printed memories with your friends you would surely like this compact printer featuring a high printing resolution.

Review of Canon PIXMA iP110 Wireless Mobile Printer

Just Download the Application

Which criteria did we use selecting a printer in the past? Some people would remember the features determining the choice previously to include monochrome and color printing, laser or ink-jet technology and so on. Today, in the age of the digital technologies when everybody knows about Wi-Fi spots and remote connections, the dominant criteria include the printer’s mobility and capability to print wirelessly. This Canon printer offers you a possibility to enjoy all benefits of the wireless printing from your tablet or smartphone if you have installed the Canon Print application available for free on Google Play and iTunes. The application allows printing your documents and photos wirelessly, getting access to cloud services, and obtaining status reports from your printer including the remaining ink notifications. Although the battery is optional you may need it to make your device really mobile and to be able to use it when there is no mains power supply.

Canon PIXMA iP110 Wireless Mobile Printer in the use

More Products to Consider

In order to charge your printer battery from a cigarette lighter slot in your car consider also buying the DC car adapter.

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Canon PIXMA iP110
Canon PIXMA iP110
 

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1

Make Photo Gift to Your Friends

Imagine a situation when you have a party with friends, make group photos with your smartphone, and wish to share them immediately. You do not want these photos to be lost among a thousand other pictures in your phone or in the cloud server, right? The Fujifilm Instax Share printer allows you to print these photos in 16 seconds with the supreme quality and to present them to your friends. Moreover, the device features the repeat print function to make several copies of the last photos and distribute them to all participants including you. You can not only print a photo but edit it using various available templates, reproduce your Facebook images with statuses and profile pictures or apply different filters. If you'd like your friends and family share your happy moments watching your photos while being far away from you, download an appropriate application, edit your images and publish them on social networks. This printer might entertain little kids with the magic of instant photo printing. The bright and vivid snapshots of happy moments and events printed by this device may decorate your home and remind you of all joyful moments and events when they were done.

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History of Photography

The very first photo ever was done by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in a far 1822. The photo itself did not survive, though, it is known that it was made on a metal plate covered by the asphalt lacquer. Another photo made by Niepce in 1826 “View from the Window at Le Gras” is called the world’s earliest surviving camera photograph today. It should be mentioned that these first photos are usually called daguerreotypes after the Niepce’s associate Louis Daguerre, who has further developed the process of photo printing. The more common for today digital photographs take their beginning in 1981 when Sony manufactured its Mavica camera. It was the fully-functional mirror digital camera with exchangeable lenses. Currently, all producers of digital cameras compete with each other in an increasingly fast development race. A camera designed today may be called an outdated model in a year. And photos made by these cameras are instantly printed or shared with millions of spectators all over the world.

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Smartphone Printer in the use

More Products to Consider

We recommend you to purchase a convenient photo album to keep your photos safe.

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1
 

Polaroid ZIP

No-ink Printing

The first impression of this printer is that it resembles a portable PC hard-drive though it is actually a mobile printer allowing printing your photos from other mobile devices. The main advantage of this Polaroid printer is the absence of ink or other materials printing. When we heard this, we immediately asked how it can be done. The answer is simple: photos are printed on the Zink paper consisting of a special composite material with inserts of blue, yellow and red crystals covered by a polymeric layer. The printer heats the paper to a certain temperature and different sections of the surface change the color depending on the temperature. This cutting-edge technology has made it possible to reduce the printer’s size to the minimum. Now, you can put it into the pocket or lady’s purse and take for a walk. The no-ink technology featured by the printer saves expenses because you only need to buy the paper. This printer may be a perfect gift for selfie-addicts or would become a great accessory for your smartphone.

Review of Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

Polaroid - Story of Instant Photos

The history of mankind remembers many cameras invented by various people and companies, but Polaroid is a unique sample among its rivals. This name became a common term for a new generation of instant cameras. Its main feature was the immediate printing of photos by the camera itself. The idea came to the US inventor Edwin Land when he was asked by his daughter why the people could not get photos immediately after they were done. The inquisitive girl could not imagine that she had defined the destiny of a new type of cameras. Her father designed the operating principle of the camera within one hour but spent three years to make the idea come true. As soon as the Polaroid camera made its market entry in 1946 the world of photography has virtually exploded. A good few of the US population accepted it as a family camera despite its relatively high price. Until the 90th of the XX century, Polaroid retained a monopoly status on the instant cameras’ market. Digital cameras have destroyed this monopoly and became a barrier to further development of instant photo technologies. Though as we can see the famous company still did not give up the idea and attempted to realize it in the pocket-size mobile printers.

Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer in the use

More Products to Consider

The glossy case of this printer can be easily scratched. It is advisable to purchase a travel bag to protect your device.

Additional Info

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Polaroid ZIP
Polaroid ZIP
 

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