Last updated on January 22nd, 2018 at 11:11 am
We think the true test of a good printer is seamlessness. Does it fit into your life and deliver when you need it to? When it comes to seamless printing, a wireless printer is simply unbeatable. Whether at home or at work, a wireless printer lets you print quickly and easily from any of your connected devices with no complicated set up required.
The types of wireless printers
Whether you’ve always been sceptical of wireless printing or are gradually becoming confused by the vast range of options now available, we’re here to help. Technology has transformed wireless printing and there are now more connectivity options than ever before. If you don’t know your AirPrint from your email print, here’s a quick run-down.
Often this simply means basic printing over a Wi-Fi connection. Any device with Wi-Fi connectivity can print this way, but the connection is limited by the router and the reach of the Wi-Fi. Most modern wireless printers with Wi-Fi connectivity have stripped back their setup, but this type of connection does often mean there is some driver installation required. For mobiles and other tablet devices where downloading a driver isn’t possible, most manufacturers have developed their own mobile apps, many of which are now advanced enough to take on more remote printing.
Where some manufacturers’ mobile apps have been limited in the past, Apple gave us their own answer to the wireless printing problem. All Apple devices can use AirPrint to connect to any compatible printer, and many of the latest wireless printers come AirPrint compatible as standard. Again, your printer and device will need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to do this.
Printing from the living room to the printer upstairs is just fine, but what about if you want to print from the office to home? Or from another country to the office? Previously, remote printing has only been possible via a complicated Network set up. For those not in the know or printing from a laptop or device not set up on a remote network, email print has been the answer. Printers with email print capability enable you to simply email documents straight to your printer to be printed. Not only can this be done anywhere in the world with an internet connection, it’s also easy to do from any email capable device.
Finally, Google introduced Cloud Print to answer the remote printing problem. Cloud Print enabled printers can be connected to from any device with access to the Cloud, anywhere in the world. This method is by far the most versatile and easiest to use, as it enables you to print from many of today’s popular Cloud apps such as Google Docs straight to your printer wherever you are.
The benefits of wireless printing
Whether you choose a basic Wi-Fi printer or are feeling swayed by flexible Cloud printing, there are many practical benefits to choosing a wireless printer.
Connect the whole family or workgroups
Wireless printing means anyone with a device can print with ease, no messy cables required. Instead of one computer, one printer, the whole family can print whenever they like and even at the same time. Say goodbye to computer queues and let your printer queue and manage print jobs for you. At the office, whole workgroups can easily connect to the printer from their computer or phone to keep things efficient.
Print from anywhere in the home or office
Without an Ethernet cable to worry about you can print from the comfort of your sofa to the printer anywhere in the house. As well as being convenient, this also means you can put your printer wherever is most suitable. Whether it’s the home office or simply out of the way in the hallway, wireless printing means you’re no longer tied down to your printer.
Speedy setup, speedy printing
Wireless printers are now easier than ever to set up and use. Whether you’re printing over a single Wi-Fi network or using Cloud Print from across the globe, there’s no need to download documents to your computer just to print. Wireless printing is fast and efficient, perfect for busy households and work schedules.
What to look out for with a wireless printer
With many of us living across multiple devices and locations wireless printing is a must have for any modern household or workplace, but here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping around.
Wireless doesn’t always mean it also comes with an Ethernet or Network connection for the office. Depending on your needs you may still need a variety of connectivity options. Photographers, for example, might prefer a printer that comes equipped with a direct SD card port to print straight from their digital camera. If you’re still looking for Ethernet, USB, Network or other connectivity, make sure your printer doesn’t just stop at wireless.
Mobile and internet printing
While many of the latest wireless printers are building AirPrint and Cloud Print capability into their models, they shouldn’t be confused with standard wireless features. Double check exactly what your wireless printer is capable of, whether it requires a single Wi-Fi connection, or you can print remotely with Cloud Print. All the wireless printers on our website say clearly in their overview what type of wireless connectivity they offer.
Go for multifunction
Wireless really comes into its own with a multifunction printer. It means you can copy and scan directly to your phone or laptop, and combined with Cloud Print capability it brings you almost unlimited printing functionality. If you’re looking for a completely versatile solution, you might be surprised by how affordable these all-round wireless printers are.
Best wireless printers for the home and office
Whether you’re on a budget or looking to splash out, here’s our top wireless printers for the home and office.
On a budget at home
A self-proclaimed small-in-one printer, the Epson XP-245 offers truly remarkable value for money. Priced at less than £50 you’ll find a surprising number of features packed into this compact printer.
- Print, scan and copy capabilities.
- USB connectivity as well as wireless.
- Windows 10 compatibility.
- Mobile printing with the iPrint app.
- Epson Email Print to print almost anywhere in the world.
- Efficient and affordable price and individual inks so you only replace what’s needed.
Splashing out at home
The price tag may be a bit bigger, but this EcoTank printer from Epson is so efficient it’s almost budget. Designed with busy households in mind you’ll be amazed at the long-term cost savings.
- Print, scan and copy capabilities.
- Both USB and SD card slot as well as wireless connectivity.
- Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct with the Epson iPrint app to print from anywhere.
- Mess free and easy refills with the innovative EcoTank system.
- Ultra-low-cost printing up to 14,000 pages in black and 5,200 pages in colour.
- Three years’ worth of ink included in the box.
On a budget at the office
Utilising affordable inkjet technology this budget wireless office printer is perfect for producing eye-catching marketing materials and business projects at an equally eye-catching price.
- USB and network connectivity for the office as well as wireless.
- Fast 18ppm mono and 10ppm colour prints.
- 256MB memory.
- Automatic double-sided printing.
- Print from your mobile anywhere with HP ePrint.
- 15,000-page monthly duty cycle.
Splashing out at the office
Take your office printing to the next level with this Brother printer designed to be truly flexible. Get a range of customisable features and step up business productivity and efficiency.
- USB and Network ready for the office as well as wireless.
- Fast 31ppm print speeds in black and colour.
- Maximum paper input of up to 2,380 sheets.
- Secure Function Lock 3.0 for advanced security features.
- Brother iPrint&Scan plugin for Android, Google Cloud Print, Mopria and AirPrint.
- Flexible and low running costs.