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Best AirPrint Printers: Compatible with iPhone and iPad
Wireless connectivity is always a plus but it is only in the last year that Apple's AirPrint has really taken off and makers have started producing compatible devices.
Twelve months ago, only HP had dedicated AirPrint compatible printers but recently Cannon have added the feature to some of their fine PIXMA devices and Epsom have some very well priced, multi-capable printers.
As 2012 draws to an end it is worth taking a look at those printers that have best met the needs of users.
Included below are color inkjets, laser printers and wide format printers.
iOS Printer Servers
You could also think about a printer server like the xPrintServer if you want iOS connectivity without getting a new printer. It is expensive at around $140 but widens printer choice.
Epson WorkForce 845 Inkjet: Capable Office Printer
This is a versatile and inexpensive workhorse which copies, scans and faxes. It is AirPrint compatible and also offers Epsom Connect.
The Epsom Connect feature allows you to print from anywhere. Send an email with image or document to the printer's address and the printer will automatically start printing.
It can scan documents into cloud storage, too.
As a printer, it is very fast (the makers claim it is fastest in its class) either in black and white or color. It will print both sides of the paper for economy.
All in all, probably one of the best choices for small (or home) offices produced this year.
Canon PIXMA MX432: Multi-capable Home or Small Office Machine
This might be more for the home than the office but it is a very capable machine producing superb photo prints at up to 4800 x 1200 resolution.
Like the Epsom printer above it will copy, scan and fax but is slower at core printing tasks and will only print one side.
A big plus for some users will be the multiple scanning capability. Stack a pile of documents in the tray and it will scan them in sequence producing a PDF file.
HP LaserJet Pro Model M1536dnf
Laser-jet printers are fast and efficient document printers- much faster than any ink jet. They are not suitable for photo printing though.
This model is a good choice for a home based business or small office.
What it offers:
- prints up to 26 pages per minute
- bold text and sharp images
- built-in wired networking
- Fax directly to and from a PC
- send photos, documents and more from any mobile device using HP ePrint.
- a flatbed scanner
- a fax memory of up to 400 pages and 120 fax speed dialing numbers.
- a 250-sheet paper tray
HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format Printer
This is a wide format inkjet printer that will give you large, beautiful photos as well being a reliable and versatile office workhorse.
- 13" x 19" business materials or photographs
- low cost per page
- 33 pages per minute black and 32 ppm color.
- Print, fax, scan, copy -
- wireless connectivity and Ethernet-ready
Use any PC or Mac Connected Printer for Airprinting
Two companies offer applications to allow airprinting on any printer connected to a Mac or PC.
Printopia for Mac: ecamm.com/mac/printopia/