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What AirPrint printers are should be familiar to most Sir Apfelot readers, but I would like to explain it briefly for the others:
An AirPrint printer is a printer that supports the AirPrint protocol developed by Apple, which allows printing from Mac, iPad and iPhone without driver installation.
If you want to find out more detailed information about the AirPort protocol, you can read this article "What is AirPrint?“ look in.
Apple itself maintains a very extensive List, in which you can see all AirPrint printers from various manufacturers listed. This list is great if you want to get completely confused, because apart from the manufacturer name and the model designation, there is no further information, which in my opinion makes the list pretty worthless if you want to buy an AirPrint printer.
That's why I decided to create my own list of AirPrint printers and to break them down according to different printing techniques and properties. I then list three printers for each of these options. I think that gives you a better collection of printers if you're looking for a new machine.
A fundamental thing is deciding whether to go for a laser printer or an inkjet printer. In order to help you here, I will briefly list my opinion and experiences on the two types of printers.
Here you will find laser printers that only print in black and white but are equipped with AirPrint. These are usually the best choice if you only want to print monochrome text and want to keep the consumption costs low.
The duplex function makes it possible to print on the front and back of the sheets at the same time in a print job - in one go, without having to turn any sheets back and forth and reinsert them. For people who like to print manuals or multi-page manuscripts, this is a handy feature.
Incidentally, the “d” in the model name of the HP printers means that the printer is capable of duplexing. And the HP+ is optional and does not require an account. So you can use the printer without restrictions.
In my opinion, the color lasers are a good choice for people who want to print business documents and graphics in colour, but fewer photos. All of the printers listed here can also do duplex printing. The use of toner also prevents a print head from drying out and it doesn't damage the printer if you don't send a print job for a few months.
Inkjet printers are always in color and can usually print high-quality photos with the right paper. Each of the printers is capable of duplex printing.
Mobile printers with rechargeable batteries are very suitable for people who want to print from an iPad or iPhone on the go. And of course there are also models with AirPrint support.
The models with monochrome laser printers are very limited in the multifunction devices, so there is no big list here.
In the case of multifunction devices, there is also a distinction between laser printers and inkjet printers. Here you will find three models that are equipped with color laser printers.
Anyone who relies on a multifunction device for their workflow that can work with DIN A3 sheets will find an A3 multifunction device with color laser printer, duplex and AirPrint here.
If you print regularly and tend to order fewer pages, you usually make a good choice with an inkjet multifunction device.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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