Computers and smartphones were supposed to usher in a paper-free future. The truth is most people still need a printer for the odd physical document, especially for photos. That’s why getting the right (or the best) mobile printer is so important, even today.
Thankfully, there are a lot of small portable printers available that can be used to print documents and images from your smartphone, and we have picked the best ones that you can buy right now.
Canon Pixma iP110 wireless mobile printer
This printer came out several years ago, but not only is it still on sale, it’s still one of the best mobile printers you can buy. The Canon Pixma iP110 is pretty light at 4.7 pounds, which means you can take it on the road in case you need to do printing jobs while travelling. It can hold up to 50 sheets at once and can print both photos and documents as high as 8.5 x 11 inches.
If you need to print items from your smartphone, you can connect wirelessly to the printer, via the Canon PRINT app on Android, or Apple’s AirPrint if you own an iPhone. You can also print pictures directly from Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, One Drive, Google Drive and other services. You can even get an optional battery that will allow you to print without the need for a power outlet, up to 240 pages. All of this makes the Canon Pixma iP110 one of our best mobile printers. You can snap it up on Amazon for $189.
Epson PictureMate PM-400 wireless compact color photo printer
Another photo-exclusive printer, the Canon Selphy CP1200 is even more portable; it weighs just 2.5 pounds, even with the paper and print cartridge installed. It can print photos up to 4 x 6 inches, but cannot go up to 5 x 7 inches like the Epson PictureMate. It can connect to your smartphone or tablet via WiFi to print photos from those devices, or directly from services like Facebook and Twitter.
Canon sells ink and paper kits for the Selphy that are supposed to create exactly the number of prints that are in the paper kits, so this should eliminate both the guesswork and paper and ink waste when printing your pictures. Canon sells an optional battery for the Selphy that will have enough charge to print up to 54 photos. Best of all, you can buy it from Amazon for as low as $83, making it one of the cheapest mobile printers you can buy.