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.
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.