The most common advice when it comes to portable printers is to avoid using them unless absolutely necessary. A printer, no matter how small, can be unwieldy if you travel a lot. If you absolutely can't live without a portable printer, there are several types you should consider. Size, speed or print quality may be your main priority depending on the situation. If you need a printer with you at all times, then consider one of the ultra-light printers that use thermal paper rather than ink cartridges. These are small and light units, weighing between one and three pounds, but print speeds are fairly slow, and print quality may be compromised. If you're going to need higher quality and faster speed, but can afford to leave the printer in your hotel room or car, then you might want to check out some of the smaller inkjet printers. Most portable printers support infrared adapters, which allow for wireless connections between your computer and the printer, but the adaptor may be an option you have to purchase separately from the printer. Also, if you plan on hooking your printer up to a handheld or palmtop computer, verify that your device has software support for your printer. You may have to download the proper software from the printer manufacturer's Web site or have it e-mailed to you. For more information, consult a printer specialist.
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