There are different types of printers in the market – an instant photo printer or a top-of-the-line printer for documents. Don’t overlook the print quality and the connectivity options when it comes to using one with your Mac. You’ll want one connects easily and does not occupy space on desk.
1. PANTUM P2502W WIRELESS LASER PRINTER
It has a page per minute (ppm) of 23, which is impressive considering the price. However, it would be wise not to expect the world out of this printer. The print quality is decent and it can print only a few different shades of grey. So, if you are looking to hand out PowerPoint presentations or Excel sheets, you may want to do a test run before printing the whole document.
Since it’s a laser printer, it is fairly easy to maintain. However, the build quality is a tad delicate, and you will want to handle this printer with care. For now, the connectivity options are sparse and support Wi-Fi and USB. Unfortunately, no Apple AirPrint support.
2. BROTHER HLL2395DW COMPACT MONOCHROME LASER PRINTER
While it’s not one of the lightest printers (22 pounds), the compact shape lets you carry it without hassles. For the record, it measures around 10.7 x 16.1 x 15.7-inches, and you can safely tuck it into a corner of your office desk.
While the prints are sharp and detailed, thin lines appear as expected. As long as you steer off fine fonts, you will be in the safe. The same is true of graphic-heavy prints. It handles graphics well. As per the folks at PC Mag, the results are good enough for the professional usage.
Other than that, it has a 250-sheet tray and a 1-sheet feeder. However, it lacks ADF (Automatic Document Feeder). Furthermore, this Brother printer doesn’t handle photos well.
3. EPSON EXPRESSION PREMIUM XP-6100 PHOTO PRINTER
Speaking of the size, this one is a little more compact than the one above and measures about 13.7 x 13.4 x 5.6- inches.
What sets this Epson printer stand out from the rest is the type of black inks used. This printer uses a special form of black ink to print photos. And it’s this ink that brings out good contrast levels in photos. It uses a regular combination of Cyan, Magenta, Black, and Yellow inks.
The printing speed is decent. Epson rates it at 16 ppm for monochrome prints and 11ppm for color prints. The only setback is that the running cost is a tad bit on the higher end.
4. HP LASERJET PRO M404DW
The best part about this printer is its faster printing speed. The company advertises a speed of 40ppm, and the printer manages to measure up to the expectations. It can handle everything easily, from regular plain documents to PowerPoint presentations and PDFs. Of course, the ppm goes down when printing graphic documents.
The one is a compact printer as well. It measures just about 8.5 x 15 x 14.1-inches.
5. HP OFFICEJET PRO 9025 ALL-IN-ONE WIRELESS PRINTER
One of this printer’s advantages over the one above is the low cost per print. At the same time, the printing speed is fast. HP rates this printer at 24ppm for monochrome and 20ppm for color prints. And if your job involves handing out plenty of printed presentations and printouts, you may like this speed.
But at the end of the day, if you want a printer for your Mac that can do it all, you may consider this one. And yes, it supports Apple AirPrint.
These were some of the compact printers for Mac. While most of these connect easily to Mac and other Apple accessories, the AirPrint support makes it even easier. If you want the best deal, the Epson Expression Premium XP-6100 will be a good pick.