In this day and age, many don’t just work on a desktop; their productivity extends to the use of wireless devices like smartphones and tablets. So, it’s a no-brainer why most new printer manufacturers are starting to delve into wireless territory.
But not all wireless printers are created equal. Some may offer connectivity options like having built-in Wi-Fi and NFC while some incorporate multiple functions like printing, scanning, copying and faxing in a single unit. Even more impressive is that some have blisteringly-fast printing speeds.
Advantages of using a wireless printer
The obvious reason for opting for a wireless printer is the lack of wires needed which results in less cable clutter at your work space. Furthermore, wires that tend to tangle up may pose as a tripping hazard or lead to unwanted mishaps.
Unlike wired ones, wireless printing enables you to print directly from handheld devices that are connected to the same network. There’s also the ease of mobility with wireless printers as you can print your project from any location within the same wireless network.
Disadvantages of using a wireless printer
On the downside, these wireless printers may take its toll on the speed of your wireless network if your router’s bandwidth cannot handle too many devices simultaneously. Besides, connection loss and dropouts may cause the printer to stop printing right amid an important print job.
With that being said, the benefits of using a wireless printer still outweighs its disadvantages.
Here are our picks of the best wireless printers that are sure to keep you up with school, business, or office demands.
The Brother MFC-L8690CDW Colour Laser Multi-Function Printer is extremely versatile as it can perform all four office functions (printing, scanning, copying and faxing) at any one time. In fact, these functions support duplex functionality to make completing your office tasks even more convenient.
Besides its hefty 300-sheet paper input tray, it can also churn out monochrome or coloured pages at a speedy rate of 31 pages per minute. With several connectivity options such as Google Cloud Print 2.0 and AirPrint, you can easily scan and print directly from these cloud storage services.
With its slim dimensions, the HP LaserJet Pro M15W will not take up precious space on your home’s office desk space. What’s amazing though, is that the small laser printer can deliver single-sided monochrome print jobs at a quick rate of 19 pages per minute.
Of course, coming built-in with Wi-Fi, the printer is supported by a well-designed smartphone app for an easy installation process as well as direct connectivity for printing from your smart devices.
The HP OfficeJet 250 has built-in AirPrint so wireless printing from Apple hardware like iPads is made super convenient. Besides the printer’s user-friendly 2.65-inch colour touchscreen for simple menu selection, you can change also make changes through the HP ePrint app available on both iOS and Android.
Aside from connecting to a power outlet, the printer can also operate solely on its rechargeable battery for on-the-go printing jobs.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 is compatible with connecting to Chromebooks as it features an arsenal of connectivity options. First off, connecting the printer to your Chromebook either wirelessly or the USB cable does not require any drivers or apps. With the downloadable HP Print for Chrome extension, it allows you to conveniently print through the Chrome browser.
The single-function inkjet also supports Google Cloud Print so you can print from Google-based platforms that are accessed on your Chromebook. Alternatively, you can also take the more straightforward route of using Wi-Fi Direct so you can print wirelessly without having to join a local Wi-Fi network.
Although priced quite low, the feature-rich Canon Pixma MG3070S is something of a steal. That’s because it uses economically-priced cartridges for affordable per-page printing costs. And once you’ve done setting up the printer with the companion Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, you can initiate the printing, scanning, and copying operations from within the app itself.
For added convenience, the MG3070S features PIXMA Cloud Link which allows for direct printing of documents and photos from online services like Flickr, Dropbox, Facebook, and Twitter.
Digitising your documents is convenient with the one-pass duplex scanner featured on the Canon ImageCLASS MF426DW printer. The printer exemplifies productivity with its ability to scan up to 70 impressions per minute (ipm) in black and 26 ipm in colour. Furthermore, the printer is flexible for any office environment as it can be integrated into workplace storage environments like email distribution, local servers, and FTP sites.
There’s even a free-to-download Canon PRINT Business app that lets you read scanned data, upload onto cloud storage services as well as print documents and photographs directly from an Android or iOS mobile device.
If you are more likely to engage in medium-to-high volumes of printing, then you will appreciate the Epson EcoTank L3150’s low cost per print. Its ink bottles which can be purchased individually are at a fraction of the price of cartridge replacements used in conventional inkjet printers.
In terms of production capabilities, its pack of four high-yield ink bottles can print up to 4500 black-and-white and 7500 coloured pages. Plus, the ink bottles have designated nozzles to ensure an easy, spill-free refilling process.
The HP Officejet Pro 9010 is the jack-of-all-trades as it incorporates the functionality of a scanner, printer, copier, and fax machine into a single compact form factor. At 32 pages per minute for both coloured and black-and-white print jobs, this all-in-one printer gets the job done quickly and efficiently.
For flexibility in getting the job done, the printer offers two-sided copying and scanning as well as a 35-page automatic document feeder to maximise your productivity. There is also a slick, self-healing Wi-Fi feature that automatically detects why the printer is no longer connected wirelessly and fixes the problem without needing your input.
The Samsung SL-M2885FW features a Super G3 fax modem for ultra-fast transmission of up to 3 seconds per page. It is chock-full of features for its fax machine like caller ID, Distinctive Ring Detection (DRD), colour faxing, delayed sending, one-touch speed dialling, last number redial, and on-hook dial.
One thing to love is that you’ll never miss fax whenever the paper or ink runs out as incoming faxes are instantly saved to its large 600-pages memory.
Photocopying with the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227FDW is a cakewalk thanks to its 35-sheet capacity automatic document feeder. The printer is a speed demon with its copying speed of up to 30 one-sided copies per minute and can dish out 18 double-sided copies per minute.
But don’t worry about the speed compromising on quality; the M227FDW delivers exceptionally fine copy print with a resolution of 600 by 600 dpi for professional-looking documents. To top it off, it has an ID Card Copy feature so you can copy the front and back sides of an ID card easily onto just one side of a sheet of paper.
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