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5 Crucial Things to Consider Before Buying a Portable Printer

Gone are the days when individuals used to stick to desktop Printers to print necessary documents, photos, and images. As the time changed, companies, business firms, and tech-savvy individuals look for high-quality portable printers available on affordable price tags. Today's market is full of portable printers manufactured by different companies.

Many printers from different brands look same at first glance, but they have different features and functionalities. It is not possible for a normal customer to get acquainted with each model and wait for a long time to buy the best portal printer. So, what are the key factors they should keep in mind while choosing a good portable printer for meeting your printing needs? Then discuss them in detail.

The model of the printer that you are going to purchase should be compatible with the device from which the printing will be performed. It is necessary to check whether the printer supports work with the specific operating system of your device, as well as the availability of compatible ports for connection.

All portable printers should have some kind of wireless connection. There should be an opportunity at any time to use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or IrDA (infrared). In many cases, you can just as well use USB or other wired connections. Some models of mobile printers can accept SD / MMC cards, which is especially useful if you are going to print images from a digital camera.

Source of Power
For greater portability and reducing the number of wires and connections, it is essential that the printer has an independent power supply. Therefore, such devices often use electric batteries. As a rule, the best choice, in this case, is lithium-ion batteries. Needless to say, it should be able to work from an alternating current network. This will help conserve battery power when there is an outlet nearby. Some mobile printers are also equipped with car power adapters.

Document Format
Just determine what types of documents you will need to print and then compare it with the capabilities of the selected printer. If you are going to print and photos 10x15cm, business cards, and documents on A4 sheets, then make sure that the printer can work with all these formats. Apart from this, you need to find out what type of media the printer supports because some printer models can only print on thermal paper.

Of course, you must know roughly how much you are willing to spend on buying a portable printer. But when buying a printer, you need to consider the total operating costs. For example, you will need ink, toner, paper, or other consumables. Just calculate How much will it cost to purchase. Some types of paper or ink cost more than others. Although the printer that uses them can be relatively inexpensive in some cases.

Print Speed
If for you the speed of printing of mobile printers is important, then pay attention to this indicator in the characteristics of the printer models. Typically, the print speed is measured in pages per minute (ppm). Often the printer features two-speed settings, one for black and white, the other for colour.

Print Quality
For text documents, a resolution of 300x300dpi is sufficient. In order to print good photos, you need a resolution of 1200x600dpi (or higher). Some mobile printers support both colour and black and white printing, and some have a colour printing function. Pay attention to this factor when buying a suitable mobile printer for meeting your printing needs.

Dots Per Inch
The number of dots per inch or DPI determines the amount of ink particles the printer will insert in each inch of paper. The higher the DPI will lead to a crisp, clearer dummy prints and curved rounder. For printing photos, higher DPI is key to getting an aesthetically pleasing picture.

At the entry level, most Inkjet printers will provide a DPI of 4800 x 1200, whereas most Laserjet printers of entry-level will only be able to manage a maximum DPI of 600 x 600. However, in the middle of a high price range, both inkjet and laser printers offer a high DPI resolution at the level of about 9600 x 1200.

Ink and Toner Costs
Do not be fooled at low prices on some printers, as you may find that spare ink is at the same price as buying a new printer! The cheapest printers will either have expensive ink or it will not include a large amount of ink in them and will work much faster than the ink provided by a more expensive printer.

Another point that should be noted is that on some portal printers, you cannot use the ink made by other manufacturers. Most printers will use four primary colours; Cyan, yellow, purple and black. This is sufficient for basic use, but some printers will use additional inks to improve image quality. For example, some printers will add one or two additional colours to have a total of five or six colours because it improves the colour reproduction.

 Multifunctional or Stand-alone
Multifunctional printers come with a built-in scanner allowing documents and photos to be checked into the computer. Adding a scanner also means that copies of photos and documents can be created. Most medium to high-level printers will come with an integrated scanner because of the cheap cost of adding a snack of functionality to the printer.

Wireless or USB?
All portal printers (including wireless ones) can work through USB, but none of the printers will come with a USB cable in the box. So, you will not need to buy one if you opt for a wired option. A wireless printer will work through, so the wireless network allows the printer to be placed anywhere where the wireless signal can reach. This also means that the USB cable should not be purchased.

Final Words

The demand for portable printers is increasing with each passing day. By following the above-mentioned tips, you can choose the best portable printer easily and effortlessly.

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