The best small printers: for compact spaces or printing on the go

Whether you’re going small to save space or want to print your snaps when out and about, find the perfect option from our selection of the best compact printers

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Looking for a compact printer for a small home office? Or maybe you just want to be able to print off holiday snaps on the go? Whatever your reason for investing in a small printer, we've got you covered with our pick of the best...

The best small printer

1. HP OfficeJet 250

A great all-rounder, perfect for home offices

Specifications
Print technology: Inkjet
Print resolution: 4800x1200 DPI
Wireless: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Print, scan and copy + Quick and easy setup 

A small printer isn’t what you need for super quality photo print outs, but for everyday usage and some general colour printing thrown in, this one is a good choice. Whether you’re printing, scanning or copying, you should have no problem carrying out your business admin, and when you’re out visiting clients, you can print on premises, too, as the HP OfficeJet 250 is just about small enough to pop into a rucksack. It’s easy to set up, only takes 90 minutes to charge up, and it’s wireless, so you can easily print from phones and other mobile devices. 

Canon Pixma iP110

2. Canon Pixma iP110

A very smart printer, great for taking travelling

Specifications
Print technology: Inkjet
Print resolution: 9600x2400 DPI
Wireless: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Hi-res prints + Cloud printing technology 

The Pixma is the perfect printer for travelling, thanks to its small size and decent 9600 DPI. You can print really easily from phones or tablets so long as it is hooked up to Wi-Fi, while Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print compatibility also makes printing on the go super easy. If you fancy getting in touch with home, you can use Easy Photo Print + to design greetings cards, and when you return, you can use it to create a collage of your travels. There’s the option to purchase a rechargeable battery, so you can print out your pictures even when you’re travelling between destinations. 

Epson Workforce WF-100

3. Epson Workforce WF-100

The ideal work printer, if you can do without photocopying and scanning

Specifications
Print technology: Inkjet
Print resolution: 5760x1440 DPI
Wireless: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Small and lightweight + Rechargeable battery 

So long as you have no need to scan or copy documents, the Epson Workforce is the ideal printer for working on the go. Whether it’s a last minute boarding card print out from the airport lounge or you find your client’s premises has no printer, the trusty Epson Workforce is small enough to be kept by your side for instant use. You can print wirelessly so long as there’s a Wi-Fi connection, and you can even charge the battery up via the USB car adapter in time for your next meeting. The pretty high DPI promises great quality print outs, while the LCD screen allows for easy set up and keeping an eye on ink levels.  

HP Sprocket

4. HP Sprocket

A fun little printer that makes a great travel companion

Specifications
Print technology: Photo paper
Print resolution: 313x400 DPI
Wireless: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Small enough to fit in large pockets + Connects to your social media accounts and Bluetooth 

While the DPI is nothing to shout about, this printer isn’t marketed towards the professional photography market. For taking on day trips or family holidays, on the other hand, it’s perfect. It prints snapshots and stickers using photo paper rather than ink cartridges, which means printing is instant. You can use the HP Sprocket app to customise your photos with emojis, borders and text, making each print out completely personal and a true representation of the moment the photo was taken. Connect the app to your Facebook account or connect the device to your phone via Bluetooth for easy, on the go print outs.  

Brother DCP9020CDW

5. Brother DCP9020CDW

It’s not the smallest on the list, but for fast laser printing, this is the happy compromise

Specifications
Print technology: Laser
Print resolution: 2400x1200 dpi
Wireless: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Prints up to 18 pages per minute + Compatible with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print 

For a combination of speed and quality resolution, laser is where it’s at. With speeds of up to 18 pages a minute, it can breeze through large documents and heavy text. As with our top pick, this printer copies and scans, although it’s probably a bit too big to lug around. You can wirelessly print from the cloud if connected to Wi-Fi and you have USB as backup. It’s easy to use thanks to its LCD touchscreen, and just the right size to place on a desk without taking up too much space.  

HP DeskJet 3720

6. HP DeskJet 3720

For printing on a budget, the HP DeskJet 3720 is the one

Specifications
Print technology: Inkjet
Print resolution: 4800x1200 dpi
Wireless: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Good value + Prints, copies and scans 

When size dominates over all, the HP DeskJet 3720 is the smallest all-in-one printer going. There are some compromises to be made for that, including a slow print speed, double-sided printing is manual and users have reported that it can be a pain to set up. Aside from that, with an RRP of less than £50, you can’t really go wrong. You can print from the app and there’s the option of quiet mode so you can print in any room – even in the lounge while the other half watches their favourite box set.  

Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer

7. Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer

Fun and easy to use, this is a little gem of a photo printer

Specifications
Print technology: Photo paper
Print resolution: 313x400 dpi
Wireless: Yes (Bluetooth)
Reasons to buy
+ Pocket sized + Printed as stickers too 

Printing your snaps on the go has been made easy with this mobile photo printer from Polaroid. While, like the Sprocket, the resolution of the photos printed aren’t going to be anything to write home about, for a bit of fun while you’re out and about you can’t really go wrong. Peel the back off the paper and you can print out a batch of personalised stickers that you can plaster around your room or on your belongings. You can edit pictures using the Polaroid Zip app and easily print from your mobile devices via Bluetooth.

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