Portable printers are on the rise
Even in 2020, there is still a need to print documents, but printers have started to change in recent years with the emergence of a new kind of device: nomad or portable printers and we can say that the Portable Printers are on the rise.
Laser or inkjet printers no longer have a monopoly, especially when it comes to taking them everywhere with you. These nomadic, light, compact, and battery-operated models are popular with individuals, but also small businesses. A small wifi printer is ideal for printing the amendment to a contract, an invoice, a receipt, a quote, a delivery slip, etc. You just need to connect it via WiFi or Bluetooth with a PC, a tablet, or a smartphone to be able to print a document very quickly and without making a client or a partner wait.
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And we are not talking about “transportable” equipment here, but small devices to put in a small bag. For example, the A7 MW-145BT thermal printer from Brother fits in the palm of your hand with a thickness of 1.75 cm, a removable battery, a resolution of 300 DPI, and the native possibility to reduce an A4 document to A7 ( 74 x 105 mm).
Most of these devices work without ink. These are “direct thermal” or “thermal transfer” technologies. In the first case, the only consumable to buy is the paper itself since it is a special medium that reacts to the heat produced by the printer.
No ink leaking during transport or toner to buy. Note that these printers are monochrome only – it’s about easily editing quality documents in an economical way, not printing photos. The other thermal transfer technology is also interesting, but then you have to buy the paper and the ink ribbon that allows the printing. In a direct transfer, you never have to open the machine. In addition, the quality of this technology has made enormous progress in recent years.
Some criteria to take into account before buying a nomadic printer.
Besides printing technology, the resolution is a very important criterion. It is expressed in DPI (or PPP for dots per inch): the higher the number, the sharper the characters. For printing documents, it is best to start at 180 DPI, but print speed is also essential. Not easy to see clearly here since the manufacturers speak in the number of pages per minute or in millimeters per second.
Do not fall for models that offer below 12 pages per minute or 130 mm / s. Before opening your wallet, think about how you are going to use your printer. Do you need Bluetooth or a USB plug? A port for SD card, a battery that recharges from the mains, from a cigarette lighter? Some devices also offer an integrated scanner function.