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- Printer--ultra portable?
- Mahlon Wagner
January 4, 2005, 9:59 pm
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Re: Printer--ultra portable?
Mahlon Wagner wrote:
Funny you should mention that, just after I managed to make my 5
1/2-year-old Canon BJC-50 mobile again, with a new battery and an old
(Windows 98/ME) driver enabling it to print wirelessly via infrared
Seriously, ask yourself whether you'd print away from home enough to
justify the minimum $250 you'd probably have to spend for any
portable/mobile printer really worth buying.
And now that we've got that out of the way-you DID answer yes, didn't
you?-if I were going to buy a printer to use on the run, I'd go whole
hog and get a truly mobile one-that is, one that includes a rechargable
battery. That's why I'd shy away from the Canon i80, because the
battery is not only an extra-cost option in and of itself, but requires
additional hardware to work with the printer. Oh yeah, Bluetooth is
also extra on an i80.
One I'd look more closely at is the HP Deskjet 450wbt. HP sells the
basic 450 without the battery and Bluetooth as well, but they come with
the 450wbt as a package. I've seen it online for about $330. With
inflation, that's cheaper than my BJC-50 was back in '99.