Which portable printer is best for travelling? Read our reviews below to find out
We tested over 20 portable printers under several conditions and interviewed 15 users; all to help you pick the best portable printers. We studied these printers based on their portability and functionality, while also looking out for the one that offers print of high-quality.
Based on our research, the Canon PIXMA iP110 portable printer stood out as top choice, although considering some other parameters, some portable printers performed better. The PIXMA iP110 was found to be lightweight and also a recommended portable wifi printer. Five other portable printers made it to our list and their full reviews can be found down the page.
Check out our comparison table below, and read the in-depth reviews to help you choose the best portable printers for you:
Canon SELPHY 0599C011AA Photo Printer – Black – 98%
The Selphy CP1200 is the ultimate model for printing good quality photos on the spot. It weighs 1.9 pounds and measures 7.1 x 5.4 x 2.5 inches, making it one of the most portable photo printers, and it offers an optional battery that makes it even more mobile.
It also offers a variety of connection options that include printing from Windows or Mac computers, mobile devices and from media cards.
What makes the Selphy unique is the inclusion of its water-resistant printing feature, giving the prints the capability of lasting as long as 100 years. It also comes with ink and paper kits that are available to print up to 54 photos of multiple sizes.
All in all, the Selphy mixes portability, good quality printing, a low price and a variety of printing features that make it one of our top picks.
Canon PIXMA iP110 Portable Printer with Battery – 96%
At the top spot of our review for the best mobile printer is the Canon PIXMA iP110 having a size of 4.3 pounds and dimensions of 7.3 x 12.7 x 2.5 inches. With the PIXMA iP110, age has definitely got nothing on the Canon series. It is capable of printing photos as well as 8.5 x 11-inch documents directly by connecting it wirelessly to iOS and Android devices, as well as selected online cloud services.
It also has an optional battery, making it even more portable. What makes the PIXMA iP110 to stand out is the included catridges in the package. It comes with ink cartridges that are capable of printing 191 black and white pages and color prints of 249 pages. On the other hand, printing colored pages regularly will cause the page count to drop. You will also need a working network with wireless capability of 802.11lb/kg for enhanced printing process. This is sure to be your best travel printer companion.
Epson WorkForce WF-100 Reviews – 94%
Like Canon’s PIXMA iP110, Epson WorkForce WF-100 continues to outshine its competition as a portable wifi printer. With dimensions and size of 12.2 x 6.1 x 2.4 inches and 3.5 pounds respectively, it is as portable as the PIXMA iP110, allowing you to get printing solutions on-the-go. The Epson offers direct printing from a PC, iOS and Android devices through WiFi connectivity.
It also features both black and colored ink cartridges for printing out photos and documents including invoices, contract sheets or spreadsheets. It has a 20-sheet capacity that allows you to handle life on the road. Its LCD display makes it easy for you to check the ink level and also set up a wireless connection.
Compared to Canon PIXMA iP110, it operates strictly on battery. It has a rechargeable battery which you can charge by plugging into any of its USB port or using AC adaptor.
HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer Reviews – 92%
If you’re on the lookout for feature-rich, multifunction portable printer, the HP OfficeJet 250 is your best buy. Though quite pricey, the OfficeJet 250 takes portable printing feature to another level with its scanning, printing and faxing features in a package of just 6.5 pounds and 7.8 x 15 x 3.6 inches. It is also one of the best compact printer scanners in the market. Even with its portability, the OfficeJet 250 has a strong battery capacity that can deliver up to 500 prints. It also comes with a two-inch high-resolution display for selecting print sizes.
- Print, scan and copy from nearly anywhere with this portable all-in-one; easily connect to your printer with Wi-Fi Direct; this quiet workhorse has a long battery life and delivers the most pages
- Portability meets productivity; quickly print, copy and scan multipage documents hands-free with the 10-page automatic document feeder
- High-powered quality and reliability; plug in your AC power source to charge within 90 minutes while the printer is off, with HP Fast Charge
The OfficeJet 250 has a 10-page document feeder, as well as a 50-sheet capacity that produces both letter and legal-sized prints that measure up to 8.5 x 14 inches. It has a black cartridge that is capable of 200 pages and a tri-color cartridge that lasts for roughly 165 pages before it requires a new ink. With the added wireless connectivity feature, you can print directly from a PC or Android and iOS devices courtesy of HP’s native ePrint app.
Primera Trio, Copier and Scanner Reviews – 88%
With a light pound weight of 2.6-pounds and dimensions of 11.4 x 1.8 x 6.5-inches, the Primera Trio classes itself as the world’s smallest and lightest portable printer-scanner. The portable all in one printer holds down its “Trio” name by performing the functions of printing, scanning and copying documents.
When it is fully charged, it provides up to 350 prints before another recharge. The Primera Trio has the capacity to hold up to 10 pages of standard-sized printing paper for every use, shooting out 2.41 black and white and 1.7 color print pages per minute.
As for additional features, the printer’s ability to copy 1.7 black and white images and 1.1 color print pages per minute, doesn’t qualify it as a speed demon. For a printer that doesn’t offer wireless printing, the Primera Trio is also quite pricey.
Frequently asked questions
What is a portable printer?
Quite simply, a portable printer is a lightweight device capable of printing on-the-go.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a portable printer?
A portable printer offers the advantage of the mobile printing of documents and photos on the move, and its compact size makes it easy to carry while travelling.
On the other hand, portable printers are often expensive compared to either ordinary desktop printers or going to a store to print. Another disadvantage is that the cost may outweigh its usefulness, as some portable printers are not as durable as standard printers (depending largely on how they’re used and cared for, though!) so you there’s a chance they may not be worth the investment.
What’s the best portable printer that also has a scanner?
We’ve found the HP OfficeJet 250 to be the best portable printer with a scanner. This printer also offers a faxing feature, a two-inch resolution display and wireless connectivity for enhanced printing.
What’s the best wifi enabled portable printer?
In our humble opinion, the best WiFi enabled portable printer is the Canon PIXMA iP110. It offers direct printing via wireless connectivity from iOS and Android devices, as well as selected online cloud services.
What’s the best compact printer that can fit in a car?
The Canon Selphy CP1200 is the best compact printer we found that can fit in a car. Its optional battery makes it even more compact and it also has a USB port that allows you to charge it in your car while you’re on the move.
What sort of price range are portable printers available for?
We found that the price of portable printers differ depending on their model, portability and the features they offer. The price range is huge though, and you can pick one up for from anywhere between £50 – £500!