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The Latest on Wireless Printers
UPDATE: We have updated this content as of 2/28/14. Previous printers included in the original article have been eliminated as newer models have replaced them.
When we originally wrote this article, wireless printing was beginning to take hold and there were a reasonable number of reasonable choices on the market. Now in 2014 as we revisit this topic, it's safe to say when some mentions wireless printing, chances are they are really interested in not just being wireless, but being mobile as well. By mobile we mean printing not just from laptops, but from smartphones and tablets too.
Advantages of Wireless Printers Today
Most printers these days are built to print over a 802.11n connection, which offers the fastest data transfer speeds and largest effective signal range. Every vendor now has models that fit this bill, so it's not a matter of finding a good vendor anymore, it's all about finding what printer you like the most since wireless has become king.
Security has been enhanced as wireless printing has advanced. A lot of this can be credited to the adoption of wireless printing in business environments which takes place behind the safety of company firewalls. If you look at any of the major printer vendors, they have worked hard especially in document management and security. They have solutions which can encrypt documents over a network, have users print with a pin, restrict color print and copy usage, and much more. A lot of emphasis has been placed on the creation of electronic versions of documents directly from the interfaces of the machines.
Ease of use
Interfaces have also been more intuitive and usable as well as become larger in size. While there are still models with two- or four-line monochrome LCDs, many more have become larger. It is common to find screens of 3.5" or larger, and many models also allow users to access apps either for fun or business directly from the touchscreen. Aside from the screens, there is a wide-range of wireless printers for every type of users from beginners to advanced.
Connecting to WiFi Networks
Manufacturers have worked hard to make getting a printer setup wirelessly. Vendors like Samsung, Dell, and Brother have designed printers so that the wireless setup can be achieved easily, and in as little as one touch. Across home networks, users should be able to easily share and network printers for multiple users, too.
Top Bets in Wi-Fi Printers
When we originally wrote this article, Lexmark and Kodak were still making consumer printers, but for various reasons, those two vendors have left the consumer market behind (though they still support older products). Never fear, however, all the rest of the vendors make printers with wireless capability at many different price points. Here are some of the best we've seen as of late:
As you can see, much has changed, and for the better with wireless printing. There are many more choices for consumers and businesses alike. It is always important that you consider your needs when looking for a printer and do your research. Keep checking back for more informative articles and printer reviews.