The days of being dependent on USB ports are coming to an end. If you're still avoiding the idea of a mobile printer because you don't want to carry cords around all the time, let go of those worries. Many models of mobile printers currently boast the option of wireless means of connecting to any nearby computers.

B&W or color? That's the biggest question to ask yourself when you shop for ANY printer, mobile ones included. Black ink cartridges are certainly much cheaper to buy than color ones. But then, can you do without the ability to print color anyway? Consider the expense of refills for the model you're looking at, and your intended uses for the printer, before you make that final decision.

With Macintosh gaining a larger share of the laptop market, more printers are taking a neutral stance in the conflict between them and Microsoft. What this means for consumers, happily, is that many mobile printers are able to work with both Windows and Macs without any problems. This level of compatibility is still far from universal, but it's getting common enough to be worth looking for. It shouldn't cost you any more to get it, and can be very useful if you use both types of computers.

It's pretty much impossible to look at the printer market, even with specifically mobile ones, and avoid Canon and Hewlett-Packard. They're dominating forces that vastly outproduce all the competition. The only serious exceptions remain in very niche areas, such as Polaroid with their **compact photo printer** products. But you should be glad to know that both HP and Canon produce very good printers you can trust. It is worth mentioning, however, that HP has historically had a better grasp of ink preservation in their printers. This makes them slightly the better choice if you only print on an irregular basis.

Power supplies for portable printers have made some very nice advancements lately. Cigarette lighter adapters come with almost any model worth spending your money on. Even more useful, however, are the improvements in internal power supplies or batteries. If being able to print without a thought as to where you are is important to you, take a look at the battery life before you buy that printer. Good models at average prices should offer you enough versatility in power supply sources to work with.

Not every **laptop printer** will come with the same things. If a particular printer you like the first look of is missing a feature, glance around at the company's related products. You may very well find that that feature is offered if you'll only spend a little more on a technically separate product, such as a wireless adapter. Of course, buying a printer that has everything you want included is usually best. But sometimes, that just can't happen.

If you need to reduce expenses or would like to carry less paper around with you, think about a mobile printer with duplex printing. Printing on both sides of the paper is a very effective way to get extra use out of what paper you have.

The low end for mobile printers is one hundred and seventy or eighty dollars. Increased costs compared to normal printers are primarily due to simple size reduction in the machine. And the more drastically you reduce the size, the more the price goes up - you'll find that the smallest printers are by far the most costly, with price tags of three hundred dollars or more. But most people have no trouble finding a two hundred dollar model to suit them perfectly.