Portable printers reviewed

HP Officejet portable printer

The need to print documents on the go – an inevitable part of a growing trend for flexible working – can be stressful and costly. Two IoD members packed portable printers for a week to see if they could ease the pressure…

Portable printers: Epson Workforce WF-100W

Epson Workforce WF-100W printer

Portrait of Oni Oviri who reviews an Epson Workforce WF-100W printerOni Oviri
Founder, Tropics of Tea

Oni Oviri is a member of IoD London


My initial thought was that the printer would be great for when I travel to Africa and when I commute around London because it is compact, half the size of a laptop and very unassuming. It fitted into my tote bag and was light, and the back-up battery power is excellent for the regions I visit in Africa, which often have limited power. The printer was easy to set up, and you can print instantly by attaching a USB to your laptop. The WiFi is more fiddly as it doesn’t save your setting. I own a relatively new business with no fixed office, and I am conscious that gaining access to printers can be a challenge, and costly. This was perfect for me as you can print from anywhere, and its print quality is good, with clear, smooth graphics. I would recommend this printer, particularly if you’re out of the office regularly – it’s simple to set up and use, and is so small and lightweight.



Portable printers: HP Officejet 150 mobile

HP Officejet 150 mobile printer

Portrait of Stephen Heaton who reviews a HP Officejet 150 mobile printerStephen Heaton
Commercial director, Pike Signals

Stephen Heaton is a member of IoD Lancashire

As I travel extensively, and work from home, hotel rooms and out of the office, a portable printer seemed ideal. The printer arrived well packaged and with a comprehensive set-up guide. First impressions were that it looked well built and simple to use. Out of the box, it was paired with my computer and printed clear, full-colour A4 documents quickly and to a high standard within 20 minutes. The ability to scan and save documents to a USB or computer was a handy and unexpected bonus, but the high build quality did, however, mean that the printer was heavier and bulkier than I would have expected, and the lack of an accompanying bag was a big miss and made it difficult to carry around. The need to take the power lead as a result of a short battery life adds to the load. If you travel by car I would recommend the printer, as it saved me time by not having to call into the office or ask a customer to print from a USB. If you have to carry the printer around with you, perhaps not.



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About author

Hannah Gresty

Hannah Gresty

Until she left the magazine in August 2019, Hannah Gresty was the assistant editor of Director. She previously worked on a local news website and at a fashion PR company before joining the Director team as editorial assistant in 2016.

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