Portable printers for laptops are a great device for travelers and for those who do a lot of their business while on the road. They are also great for students who live in a dorm or anyone who lives where space is an issue.

Technology has changed the way we live and we are now able to do things practically anywhere that at one time we could only do from our homes or offices. If you are mobile a good part of your day, it is nice to have a small, portable, and compact printer to go with your laptop.

The market place is full of different brands offering portable printers for laptops. Varying in price from the reasonable to the expensive, and offering all kinds of promises, the choice can be bewildering.

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Most portable printers for laptops are inkjet printers. Some can only print in black ink but most are now capable of printing in color as well. Some can also print photos. Before you purchase one of these printers you should ask yourself a few questions.

Which printer will best fit your needs? What features do you need? What are the pros and cons of each printer you are considering purchasing? How reliable is the manufacturer? How important is the way the printer looks? What is the best size for you? How much are you willing to spend?

There are some things to be considered before buying:

  • Brand

Choose a brand that is known for delivering quality products.  It doesn’t have to be the most expensive on the market, just reliable and efficient.

  • Portability

You want a portable printer – it’s got to be easy to carry. Consider the size and weight, including any necessary leads, before making your purchase.  The size can vary from one that fits into your pocket to one that would fit in a briefcase. The Planon Print Stik is the smallest portable printer at 2x2x11 inches and weighs just 1.5lbs. The smaller ones will limit the size of the printout. Battery life is another consideration as there may not always be somewhere to plug into the power when you need to print.

  • Speed and Quality of Print

Do compare the quality of the print from different printers before purchasing; smudged or unclear print is not preferable. Speed is essential when out and about as there is not always time at hand.

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  • Wireless?

The benefit of a wireless portable printer is the lack of leads to connect the printer to the laptop. Wireless printers will be more expensive though. Decide on whether you can live with the leads or not, but on while you’re on the move wireless is definitely an advantage.

  • Color or Black and White?

Do you need to provide images in color for a client? Will you be reviewing someone’s artwork? For these cases color would be essential, but if not then you could save money by opting for a black and white only printer. The Canon Pixma iP100 provides both and is available for around $200. Weighing around 4lbs, it is also wireless.

Just a few quick questions and you can make the right choice from the range of portable printers for laptops. Portable printers for laptops do not have to be expensive; it is possible to get quality prints at a reasonable price.

Guest Post Author: Katie Smith

Katie Smith is the enthusiastic woman. She loves writing about technology and lifestyle on Reviewmoon.