Home Reviews Peripherals Brother portable printer, one for the 'mobile road warriors'

I have just reviewed one of the world’s smallest A4 printers - the power pack weighs more than the printer. However, its price is not as lightweight at AU$679.

Mobile road warriors lament that it is too hard to carry a printer – no longer. At 255 (w) x 55 (d) x 30mm (h) this 470g miniscule printer has two rechargeable battery options (70 and 300 pages) and a Car adaptor.

Brother’s PJ-663 (part of the 6XX family)  is a 300 DPI, A4 thermal printer. Yes, it needs special thermal paper but does not use ink. Paper cost is under $20 for 100 sheets.

It prints at six pages per minute. As it is USB (there are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth an Infrared versions as well) it runs with Windows or Mac. The top of the range PJ-673 supports iOS web printing as well.

Print quality is excellent - blacks are black and should not fade too quickly.

Opinion

Mobile printers - increasingly recognised as an integral part of the overall mobile mix – have great benefits for field workers.

In my other life, I am involved in the meetings industry - events are held all over the country and notebooks and printer freight is an eternal problem. Now with a Windows tablet - like the Asus Vivo Smart - and a Brother printer I can be mobile – all with less than 1kg stuffed into the overnight bag.

It fills a niche need. However, for portable colour use the Canon ip100 is still the leader. It weights 2kg (plus battery) and uses plain paper.

Rating: If you want ultraportable and are prepared to use thermal paper it is a 9 out of 10.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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