365 Days of Real Estate & Tech - Day 8 -- Portable Printer

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  On Day 5 of my 365 Days, I was talking about portable scanners. A great addition to bring along is a portable printer. For desktops, there are many All-in-one Printer, scanner, fax from a variety of companies, yet for the portable printers, there are really two major players around, HP and Canon. The Canon portable printer does have a scanner module that you could switch with the ink, but the scanning takes longer and not as good of a quality as a dedicated portable scanner.

Canon IP100 Portable Printer       HP H470 Portable Printer

  Each of their devices have an advantage/disadvantage over each other. The HP portable printers are usually more heavier at about 9lbs and bigger compare to the lighter 4.4lb Canon printers. The HP printers have a few more features like Bluetooth and is about $100 more expensive. The latest Canon printer is the Pixma IP100 and sells for about $200 while the HP printer is the Officejet H470 with a few versions that offer wireless or bluetooth for about $300.

Canon IP90 Portable Printer

   I have a Canon IP90, which is one model older then the latest for about 5 years and am pretty happy with it and don't think would upgrade anytime soon. It is pretty light and the black cartridge can print about 500 pages before needing to get replace and the color print out are pretty good. I saw a lot of money by refilling the ink cartridges myself taking only about 2 minutes for black or color and cost about 25 cents in ink compare to paying $12 for each cartridge. Also have a portable battery that last for about 200 prints.

  If you need to print often on the go, getting a portable printer would be a great investment. I would recommend paying an extra $100 for the battery pack and bring an extra set of ink just in case of emergencies.

Comments (6)

Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Evening Song

Thanks for the post. Have a great day

Dec 23, 2010 03:56 PM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Very cool!  I have always wanted to use one of those.... nice to see some facts about them.

Dec 23, 2010 03:58 PM
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Song,

I had the HP portable at one time.

I hated it! Bought the whole carrying bag with wheels, etc.

It was the days before wireless, so by the time you hooked up all the cords and cables it seemed clumsy and ugly, instead of sleek and progressive.

I gave the whole package away to a pastor in Belarus!


Dec 23, 2010 09:01 PM
Kimberly A Norgard
Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate - East Hampton, NY

I'm a real techie, but I don't know I could handle a portable printer along with my briefcase, handbag, computer bag, and various other folders and paperwork that doesn't fir into my briefcase.  However, for the right person, it sounds like a great Christmas gift.  Thanks for sharing.

Dec 23, 2010 09:38 PM
Todd Mack
Coral Springs, FL
Property Manager Assistant

Good information! It sounds like you did your homework!

Best wishes and Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2010 03:45 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

I have a multifunction printer. I find it great to take with me when I go on listing appointments. I like the ability to make copies for my clients as we work on the contracts on-site. I list and sell properties that are 2 to 2.5 hours away from my office.  Now if I could always find a place to plug it in.

Dec 25, 2010 04:34 PM