Wouldn't it be great if every device played nice with your MacBook? From mice to mics, there's definitely a niche for products that will run nicely on your Mac while matching its speed, power, and overall performance.
So whether you're making last-minute copies of a flyer, need a hardcopy of your midterm paper, or require pages of typed briefs, it's time to find a printer that works with you rather than against you.
Instead of taking a trip to a local print shop saying: "Hey, I want to print something" and paying for the ridiculous fee, why not just buy a printer home or to your workplace? It saves you time and money in the long run.
In this buying guide, we'll point out some of the printers that work best with MacBook Pro, and help you figure out which one is right for you.
Need a brief overview of where to look? Here are a few quick recommendations:
- If you need something semi-portable but don't plan to use it for anything beyond simply printing pages, the Canon PIXMA iP110 Wireless Printer is a great bet because it's small, light, and simple.
- Want to print hundreds of pages and not slowing down anytime? Epson Expression ET-2650 EcoTank will last you for thousands and offers tank refills that will save you money while allowing you to print on a variety of page types and sizes.
- Perfect if you just need a standard home printer, HP OfficeJet 4650 All-in-One Photo Printer can print cleanly whether its a family photo or a multi-page report. It's a great desktop companion and will work flawlessly with all your devices.
- Prefer a laser printer (for clarity and volume) over an inkjet one? You won't go wrong with Brother HL-2270DW Compact, which has a built-in wireless and ethernet network and allows you to print up to 27 pages per minute.
Who Should Get This?
If you're considering buying a printer, the most important thing to keep in mind is the necessity factor. If you work from home, in a coworking space, or otherwise unaffiliated location, having your own printer is clearly a must since you don't have regular access to more traditional sources. However, if your workplace already offers plenty of printing options, a personal printer becomes a matter of convenience.
For example, if you tend to take work home, you may appreciate having the option to print away from the office. You might not be the only benefactor either if you have family members that would also appreciate the convenience of a home printer. However, if you're a college student on a budget, it might be smarter to simply take the time to walk to the library when it's time to submit papers each semester.
Buying a Printer for MacBook: What to Consider?
Desk space is a valuable commodity these days, so if yours is especially sparse it's a good idea to make sure the printer you're considering doesn't take up too much. Many models are extremely compact, but always check dimensions to make sure it will fit in the space you have.
It's the age of innovation, which means most printers won't require a wired connection to print from your Mac. However, there's more than one way to go wireless, so whether you're a fan of Bluetooth or prefer WiFi you should keep in mind what options your printer of choice offers.
You're cheating yourself if your printer can only print. And while fax may be a thing of the past, copying, scanning, and double-sided printing certainly aren't. Don't settle for a printer that doesn't offer these capabilities, as you'll find yourself frustrated in no time at all unless you're sure you only need it to print and never anything more.
Inkjet or Laser
There are several different varieties of printers on the market that are primarily differentiated by the type of ink process they use. Inkjets are the most versatile, while lasers are a bit more expensive but better suited to high-volume workloads and the needs for greater clarity. It's advised that you research beforehand which will work best for you, especially if you plan on printing photos. Learn more from this post by The Guardian for which one is more cost-effective.
The Best Printers for MacBook Pro in 2018: Our Picks
Please note: all the printers below are chosen based on the factors listed above, plus our our own personal take. They are by no means intended to rank in this order.
If you need something that takes up as little space as possible while still delivering high-quality color prints, you've found it. This printer from Canon supports AirPrint and can even go cordless with an optional battery!
- Pros: Supports wireless printing and AirPrint, as portable as a printer can be, and has a 12.7 by 7.3-inch footprint.
- Cons: This is only a printer -- you won't be able to make copies or scan documents and is known to have a difficult installation process.
With a seemingly endless ink supply, this all-in-one from Epson is sure to get the job done- no discoloration from lack of toner or inadequate ink is anywhere in the near future. With support for printing, scanning, and copying you'll be more than prepared to take on any office task.
- Pros: Can produce several thousand pages before every needing an ink refill, photo printing capabilities, wireless printing, and high-quality color prints.
- Cons: Larger footprint at about 20 by 17 inches.
Offering doubled-sided printing, all-in-one features, and the ever important wireless printing capability, this HP workhorse will be able to hack it at home, work, or anywhere in between. It's a sturdy design that won't gobble up too much space.
- Pros: Able to complete any task you would ever expect or need in regards to printing, supports an array of paper sizes, ships with a 1-year warranty from HP covering most damages.
- Cons: The performance for business applications tends to be slow, and low-quality text, according to PCMag's tests.
Featured with flexible connectivity and high-quality output, this monochrome laser printer offered by The Brother is extremely easy to set up and allows you to print two-sided documents easily and super fact — up to 27 PPM (pages per minute) which is hard to reach for traditional inkjet printers.
- Pros: Fast and high-quality output. It's stylish, and compact — saving you valuable workspace. Outstanding support by offering a one-year limited warranty with free phone support lifelong.
- Cons: The price tag in slightly on the higher side (but you get what you pay for).
Additional Tips & Tricks
Do you already have a printer or want to know the best way to make use of the one you're going to get? PCMag has a great write-up on how to make the most of your printer and will show you exactly what you've been missing out on. There you'll find a collection of hacks on how to printer sharper photos, keep your printer nozzles clear, and more.
First time setting up the printer and connecting with your MacBook Pro? On your Mac, open System Settings > Printers and Scanners, there you can add or remove any printers you'd like. Apple has a detailed guide on how to do this step by step, in case anything goes wrong.
Whether you've decided to shop a laser printer or inkjet printer, be sure to take a glance at these essential maintenance tips contributed by Hugh Wilson from The Telegraph. For example, put it in the right location, read the manual before use, keep the software up to date, etc.
Whether you're printing for work, school, or leisure, you deserve a printer that doesn't force you to the brink of frustration every time you want to print from your laptop.
The best printer will reduce inconvenience in your work rather than add to it, and there are certainly plenty available.
We've shown you a few of our favorites, now tell us yours! Leave a comment below and share what printer has worked best with your MacBook Pro.
Published Mar 11, 2018.