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The Best Wireless Printers for Hassle-Free Copies

Popular Mechanics Logo By Paige Szmodis of Popular Mechanics | Slide 1 of 7: These days, most devices and small office and home appliances come with either built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. And printers are no exception. Given that printing from home can already be fraught with empty ink cartridges and paper jams, having that wireless connection to your computer or phone can streamline the process and save you gray hairs, making for one less thing you have to think about and fiddle with. Whether you opt for a Bluetooth- or Wi-Fi-enabled model, here are some of the best printers to spit out hard copies cord-free. Bluetooth vs. Wi-Fi Wireless PrintingAll Bluetooth printers can print wirelessly, but not all wireless printers use Bluetooth. Many connect to your devices via Wi-Fi, and some even include both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (along with cords for backup). The main difference between Bluetooth versus Wi-Fi is the distance from which they can connect. Bluetooth is best for printing from short distances, and you should make sure your computer is Bluetooth-compatible. Wi-Fi printers, on the other hand, work with your home or office’s network, which increases the range. Before selecting which type of wireless printer to get, consider whether you will always be printing from the same location close to a printer or if you need flexibility to print farther away in another area of the house, say if you want to work from the porch one day.How We Selected These PrintersWe researched printer reviews from nine expert sources, such as Tech Radar, PC Mag, and Wirecutter, to select these top models. We also considered consumer reviews written by people who’ve bought and used these printers on retail sites like Amazon. In addition to their connectivity options, we evaluated these printers based on their print speed, paper capacity, size, the cost and ease of ink cartridge replacement, and whether they can also copy and scan.

These days, most devices and small office and home appliances come with either built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. And printers are no exception. Given that printing from home can already be fraught with empty ink cartridges and paper jams, having that wireless connection to your computer or phone can streamline the process and save you gray hairs, making for one less thing you have to think about and fiddle with. Whether you opt for a Bluetooth- or Wi-Fi-enabled model, here are some of the best printers to spit out hard copies cord-free.

Bluetooth vs. Wi-Fi Wireless Printing

All Bluetooth printers can print wirelessly, but not all wireless printers use Bluetooth. Many connect to your devices via Wi-Fi, and some even include both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (along with cords for backup). The main difference between Bluetooth versus Wi-Fi is the distance from which they can connect. Bluetooth is best for printing from short distances, and you should make sure your computer is Bluetooth-compatible. Wi-Fi printers, on the other hand, work with your home or office’s network, which increases the range. Before selecting which type of wireless printer to get, consider whether you will always be printing from the same location close to a printer or if you need flexibility to print farther away in another area of the house, say if you want to work from the porch one day.

How We Selected These Printers

We researched printer reviews from nine expert sources, such as Tech Radar, PC Mag, and Wirecutter, to select these top models. We also considered consumer reviews written by people who’ve bought and used these printers on retail sites like Amazon. In addition to their connectivity options, we evaluated these printers based on their print speed, paper capacity, size, the cost and ease of ink cartridge replacement, and whether they can also copy and scan.

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