Apple’s AirPrint feature was introduced back in late 2010, and since then it’s been a major boost for millions across the world. The utility is actually built into recent versions of Apple’s iOS operating system – this allows you to initiate a Print command from your i-device and sit back and enjoy the results. It’s a very useful tool and, to help you along with any printer related decision making, we have compiled a list of 10 of the very best AirPrint compatible printers.
There are plenty to choose from, with major brands like Canon, Dell, Lexmark, Samsung, and HP all AirPrint ready (please note, prices will vary with seasonal changes). To use this app you simply get your i-device, look for the logo (pictured above), and choose between AirPrint compatible printers on your Wi-Fi network. There are settings you can tweak for a more streamlined printing experience, but this is essentially all there is to it!
1. HP 3055A Deskjet e All-in-One
Hewlett Packard’s highly regarded All-In One Printer has a huge amount to offer any home or office. It’s cheap at £55.97, too. It’s very easy to set up as it comes with HP Smart Install, and there’s an automatic Wireless connection so you’ll immediately be connected to your devices. The obvious benefit of AirPrint lets you get started straight away. The HP 3055A has these highlights:
• Print, scan, and copy functions,
• High quality results with laser-quality text and vivid colours,
• Intuitive buttons and easy-to-use mono printer display,
• Print via your iPad, iPhone, or iPod.
2. Epson Expression Home XP-305
Here we have what Epson playfully call the “Small-In-One”. Its size is impressive given everything the Expression can do. You could, if you so wished, print from anywhere in the world with this machine; it’s AirPrint ready from the go and it has automatic Wi-Fi setup. As one of the cheaper printers on the market it’s also ideal for those who don’t spend a lot of time printing.
• LCD screen,
• PC free printing,
• £54.99 – bargain price.
3. Canon PIXMA MG3250
Canon’s well regarded MG3250 has all the features you’d expect from a modern printer; print, scan, copy, and Auto Duplex all with great ease. It comes in a compact design and, as you’d expect, the ever useful AirPrint and high printing speeds are there to make this machine a great home or office printer. At £49.99 it is also a bargain.
• High resolution photo printing,
• Print images from your movies,
• High resolution scnanning,
• Precise and reliable printing.
4. Canon PIXMA MG6250
Canon’s MG6250 is a superior model to the MG3250 at No.3. It’s more powerful, and as a result comes at a price of £89.99. This high performance machine is a Wireless all-in-one, with printing, scanning, and AirPrint initiated print options ready and waiting as soon as you turn it on. It offers superior photo-lab quality printing which will let you turn your movie moments into full HD prints. There’s also an environmentally feature which helps save paper and electricity usage.
• Six single ink tanks for superior colour quality and greyscale printing,
• Fast document printing speed,
• Full HD Movie Print feature.
5. Samsung SCX-3405W Wireless Multifunction Mono Laser Printer
At £99 Samsung’s all-in-one printer/scanner/copier is a unique looking machine compared to the other designs listed here. A sturdy machine, this is ideally suited for office use as it’s a streamlined experience with a “Fast Print” option should your working day become hectic. It’s simple and efficient to operate and, with high resolution options, you can have quality prints out at speed without bothering the rest of the workforce.
• Fast Print mode,
• Add life to your pictures with laser printing,
• Laser prints don’t smudge or blur.
6. Epson WorkForce WF-3520DWF 4-in-1 Printer
The Epson WorkForce allows for double-sided printing, which is its standout feature. At £99 it’s an excellent buy for any busy office due to its flexibility with tasks; it prints very quickly, can manage duplex printing, scanning, faxing, copying, and it allows this all from an intuitive LCD control panel.
• Double sided printing,
• Can print 15 pages a minute,
• 7 pages a minute for double-sided documents,
• You can print from anywhere in the world.
7. HP Photosmart 7520
At £129 this is a pricier model, but the Photosmart is excellent for photographs and the extra money is worth it. This printer is also, as seems to be the norm these days, a printer/scanner/copier all in one. It also has an automatic document feeder, as well as double sided printing. However, a big plus with this are the individual ink cartridge slots which means you only have replace the colour which runs out. No more bulk buying when magenta runs out!
• Energy Star qualified,
• No PC necessary for printing,
• Double sided printing,
• Individual ink cartridge slots.
8. Epson WorkForce WF-2520NF Ultra Compact
A four-in-one printer which is currently £57.99 and provides a more affordabel machine to Epson’s WF-3520DWF WorkForce model. The machine has many of the feature as the other machine, such as print, scan, copy, and fax options. It’s easy to set up and is one of the more environmentally friendly printers on the market.
• Cheap, robust, and reliable,
• 30 sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF),
• Flexible connectivity with Wireless or ethernet.
9. Epson Expression Premium XP-600
As you’d expect, at £98 the Expression XP-600 is a superior model to the Expression XP-305 (No.2 on this list). There are numerous reasons for this, such as the increased print quality. It acts as a printer/copier/scanner and as it’s Energy Start qualified it uses less electricity and won’t impact too much on the environment, or on your bills.
• Print from memory card, Google Drive, AirPrint,
• High quality printing from ink jet technology,
• Compact design for any office/home setup.
10. Canon PIXMA MG6350
The sleek and stylish Canon PIXMA MG6350 is £119 and can print, copy, scan, access Wi Fi, and AirPrint. Excellent quality printing for photograph enthusiasts. You can print from the internet through PIXMA Cloud Link, as well as the standard smartphone/tablet AirPrint printing option. The printer itself has a touch operated Intelligent Touch System, which uses no buttons. This makes the whole thing quite futuristic. At an affordable price, with the quality printing it provides, this is one of the best printers on the market.
• Six individual ink tanks,
• Easy to operate and maintain,
• My Image Garden software which allows advanced photo editing, printing, and scanning,
• Quiet mode, and fast printing speeds.