Printing on the Run? New Mobile Color Printers and Scanners Can Help

There was a time when office printing meant sitting at a desk in an office, printing to a nearby shared printer. In today’s business world, that notion seems outdated. For businesses—especially small businesses—work is done in the parking lot of your two o’clock meeting or while sitting at the gate waiting for your flight. For the busy professional, packing a laptop, tablet, and/or smart phone, being able to print means being able to print on the go.

Luckily, as the demand for mobile printing has increased, the production of mobile printers has increased as well. Among the more popular portable printers, according to PCMag.com, are Brother’s MW-260 portable thermal printer for labels and other print items that don’t have to be printed on letter-size paper and the HP OfficeJet 100 mobile printer for printing color and black-and-white. The HP OfficeJet 100 will print like a deskjet printer, allowing you to output presentations as you prepare to run to your next meeting.

For small businesses who regularly work directly with customers, mobile printers allow you to print receipts and work orders on the job. No more hand-writing work orders for customers to try to decipher. All of your information is likely already loaded on your computer or smart phone, so all you’ll have to do is update a few details, press print, and your customer will have all the documentation he or she needs. Mobile printers are also great for printing receipts, whether you choose a thermal printer with traditional receipt-sized paper or a letter-sized paper that prints out full-page receipts.

But these days, who needs to print? If your business is interested in being able to scan documents in while on the road, the Epson Workforce DS-30 scanner is the solution for you. Scan your business’s fliers, legal documents, and receipts to load onto your computer to save or import into presentations. With included software, you can even load your scans directly onto one of several popular cloud services.

One of the biggest benefits to the Epson portable scanner is that it doesn’t have an external power supply. Using the included USB cable, you can connect your scanner directly to your laptop and begin scanning immediately. The software also provides Optical Character Recognition, saving valuable time you might have spent typing.

Security is important with whatever type of device you choose. Your printer or scanner should utilize the same strict security standards as your other printers and scanners. Make sure any device you employ to work with your laptops and PCs is behind your business’s firewalls, keeping any data you transfer between devices safe.

Many small business executives operate on the go, with very little time spent in the office. Thanks to mobile printing and scanning, you can fully automate your mobile office, saving you from multiple trips to your office so you can squeeze even more appointments into your already hectic day.

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About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.