Best Wireless Portable Printer

What to look for when buying a wireless portable printer. What are the most popular small and mobile printers that are using wireless technology for printing? Which computer printer is better; Canon, HP, Brother or Lexmark?

Why buying a wireless portable printer is a good idea!

hp wireless portable printerHP

A wireless portable printer is very essential for people whose jobs require them to travel most of the time. It is also handy to have for photo travelers, students for school or home.

If you want to save money and time, buy a small and mobile portable printer and avoid going around a new city just to look for a printing shop or library to print documents you need. With the mobile and wireless printers, it is possible to print important documents, charts, photos without leaving your hotel room, or on the spot. Use your USB memory stick or laptop and start printing.

Portable printers are indeed very handy, especially in cases when you accidentally forgot to make a duplicate copy of an important document for your boss or business meeting.

Wireless portable printer is small, lightweight and easy to carry. You don't need an AC power outlet, as it is using a rechargeable battery or 12v car adapter. They can be simply carried with your laptop inside the laptop bag.

What to look for

A wireless portable printer is sometimes thought to have poorer quality than the wired ones because it has limited features. This is why we have to look at the speed and quality of portable printers before we choose to buy a mobile printer. Even if the quality of the printed material is perfect, if the speed is too slow, then we should think twice.

When looking for a wireless portable printer, always consider the Internet coverage of the signal. Today, there are so many stores, coffee shops, restaurants, malls with a Wi-Fi availability, especially in big cities. Starbucks coffee shop is one of the most popular and my favorite one. And this is where you can print your documents hassle free, while drinking a coffee in the cozy environment, and as long as you have a decent coverage.

The signal coverage should be able to cover a wide area. It would be useless to use a wireless printer if the signal can only cover less than a meter away. If this is the case, then it would not be serving its purpose. MPrint MW-140BT from Brother, for example, has the bluetooth range of up to 30 feet.

In short, the best wireless printable printer should have quality features such as:

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters for the wireless printing or built-in options.

  • Long life rechargeable lithium-ion battery and 12 V car adapter to provide power wherever you are.

  • USB ports or wireless adapter to print documents or photos from laptops, PCs, PDAs, cell phones and digital cameras.

  • Memory card slots to print from MultiMedia and Digital cards.

  • Higher speed size with good printing quality.

  • Compatibility with different operating systems, such as Windows and Mac.

User friendly design and warranty are also factors to consider.

Popular wireless portable printers

canon pixma wireless portable printerCanon Pixma

Most of the features that have been mentioned can be found in popular Canon Pixma iP100 and HP H470wbt Officejet Mobile Printer.

They are both very small and lightweight, they can fit in your carry-on luggage. What makes them portable is not only the small footprint, but usage of the battery and 12V car adapter and the Bluetooth adapter for wireless printing. Bluetooth adapter is used as they don't have a built-in wireless printing option.

These portable printers for notebook computers can print text pages as well as photos. The Canon iP100 produces great photos at 9600 x 2400 dpi, while HP 1200 x 4800 dpi. Keep in mind that due to ink and paper costs, a photo print can be expensive.

HP H470wbt portable printer, with up to 22 ppm black and up to 18 ppm color, has a better printing speed than Canon Pixma iP100, which is printing black and white documents at the speed of 20 ppm and color at 14 ppm.

Pricewise, wireless HP printer with the price of approximately $300 is more expensive than the Canon printer.

brother wireless printerBrother MPrint

More expensive wireless portable printer is Brother MPrint MW-140BT Bluetooth Mobile Printer that is over $400. This mobile printer is very, very light, only 10 ounces.

It is utilizing Bluetooth technology to print 4.1x2.9" documents from your Palm, PocketPC, or notebook with Windows only. It prints up to 15 pages only with 300x300 dpi resolution.

lexmark wireless mobile printerLexmark Z2420

If you are budget oriented person, Lexmark wireless laptop printer, model Z2420 might satisfy your needs for wireless printing and on the go.

Lexmark Z2420 comes with the built-in 802.11b/g wireless printing capability and is compatible with 802.11n, making it perfect to be shared wirelessly among multiple computers.

It has a fast speed of 25 pages per minute for black and 18 ppm for color printing, while producing high 4800 x 1200 dpi print and photo quality. This wireless portable printer is perfect for laptops, for students at school and home use. It costs $39 only.


There are so many companies out there claiming that their wireless portable printer is the best. This makes a consumer very confused. Do some research, find reviews or ask friends and see what do they think. Sometimes a word from a friend who has personally experienced a good or bad printing is better than asking the sales people whose only goal is to make a sale.

Printing documents or pictures using a wireless portable printer is a convenient way and easy solution for your business or personal needs when you are away from home or office.

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