A printer is quite a common part of any office. Your setup is never really complete without a printer. Whether it be a laser or an inkjet printer, a printer is a necessity for any business. There are countless documents and letters that need to be printed every day in all sorts of businesses and companies.
While Windows is more common, there are still a number of Macs being used all over the world in offices or at home. When you need a printer, you need to make sure the printer is compatible with your Mac setup before buying it. This is where we hope to help you in your quest to find a suitable printer by giving you this list of the best printers for Mac.
1. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740
Heavy Duty Office Work
- High printing speed
- Multitude of printing options
- Great performance
- Affordable price per page
- Lacks advanced features
Print Speed: (Color) 22 ppm, (Black) 24 ppm | Maximum Print Resolution: 4800 x 1200 dpi | Operating Systems: Mac, Windows | Dimensions: (Printing) 16.7 x 19.8 x 13.0 inches, (Storage) 16.7 x 15.3 x 13.0 inches | Weight: 26lbs. | WIFI: Yes | Scanner: Yes | Copier: Yes
Epson is a Japanese company that has been in the printer market for a long time. It is also one of the most trusted and best manufacturers of computer printers and image-related products. Hence, when you are looking for the best printers for Mac or Windows, it is no surprise that you end up with an Epson product at the top of the list. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740 is a heavy-duty printer made to fulfill your office’s printing requirements. In the box along with the WorkForce Pro, you get the instructions manual, power cables, CD-ROM, and also 4 ink cartridges. The cartridges are black, cyan, magenta, and yellow.
Once you have the WF-4740 all setup, one of the first things you notice is that it has a good print speed. It matches if not surpasses most of the inkjet printers. The double-sided printing speed is also quite impressive. It also has a significantly higher printing resolution than many inkjet printers. Another key feature of this product is its plethora of printing options, especially mobile-related printing options. From Apple AirPrint and Android Printing to Email Printing and Remote Print as well as Cloud Print. There are much other printing software and mobile printing compatibility options for user convenience.
The price per page that you get out of the WorkForce Pro is also a very useful thing to keep in mind. You get as low as 2 cents per black print and 6 cents per color print. It is economical. You can do almost 17 color prints before reaching even 1 $. This printer is able to go even with many Laser printers when it comes to print quality and performance. It also beats many of the Laser printers in this regard. It can store about 250 pages and the recommended monthly usage is around 25,000.
The few drawbacks that we were able to find with this product is its low business-related options. You do not have the ability of a multipurpose bypass tray. You cannot track an employee’s project or have advanced job storage options. The output tray can hold a maximum of 80 pages, which is not the highest but should be adequate for most setups. The price tag that it comes with is not the highest. It is affordable for most people who would be looking for a heavy-duty printer for their office needs. It will satisfy printing requirements for all sorts of offices, from a big company to a home office.
2. HP OfficeJet Pro 6978
Good for Small Office
- Ideal for light weight workload
- Mobile printing capability
- Good print quality
- Modestt pricing
- Getting new cartridges can be confusing
Print Speed: (Color)11 ppm, (Black) 22ppm | Maximum Print Resolution: 600 x 1200dpi | Operating Systems: Mac, Windows | Dimensions: 9.0 x 18.2 x 15.3 inches | Weight: 17.3 lbs.| WIFI: Yes | Scanner: Yes | Copier: Yes
The Hewlett-Packard Company or as it is more commonly known HP is one of the world’s leading laptop and printer manufacturers. Their products are a very common sight when one goes to any office or home workstation setup. Especially their printers. HP is an old horse in the printer game and it is not falling behind in the race for the best Mac printers. The HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 is the pick for a small office or an office with moderate day to day printing needs.
The OfficeJet Pro 6978 has a decent printing speed for the monochrome prints while the color print speed is a bit slow it is still not too shabby. The double-sided printing is in both the manual and the automatic mechanism. There are multiple mobile printing options available in this printer. Options range from the Apple AirPrint to having internet requiring HP printing apps such as the HP ePrint, the HP Smart App as well as the HP Print Service Plug-in for Android phones. Whether you are an iPhone fan or an Android enthusiast, you can have convenient and easy to use printing methods via your mobile phones and WIFI.
The print quality that the 6978 gives is definitely one of the best we have so far seen. It is able to give the laser printers a run for their money when it comes to the quality of the product it produces. Both the monochrome prints and the color prints show the same stellar quality. There is, however, the issue of getting new cartridges. It is not a deal-breaker. It is more confusing than anything else. As you want to be getting the best possible deal while keeping the expenses low. This product has the “HP instant ink subscription scheme” available to it. So, you can either buy the new cartridges when you need to on your own or you can sign up for this scheme provided by HP.
This scheme basically gives a threshold of printing that you can do in one month according to the package you get. There are different packages all at different prices. When you run out of ink, your printer via the HP app sends an email to HP and they ship you the cartridges rather than you having to go out and buying them on your own, thus avoiding that hassle. However, this scheme is economically viable if you have significantly more color printing needs and a low amount of monochrome black printing. If that is not the case for you then you will be better off buying the cartridges on your own as that will be more economical for you. The pricing of the OfficeJet Pro 6978 is amiable and modest. This is the ideal pick if you have a small office or a home office.
3. Canon ImageClass MF269dw
Best Small Monochrome Setup
- Good connectivity ports
- High print quality
- Printing speed is quite decent
- Expensive price
Print Speed: 30 ppm | Maximum Print Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi | Operating Systems: Mac, Windows | Dimensions: 15.4 x 16.0 x 14.8 inches | Weight: 29.3 lbs.| WIFI: Yes | Scanner: Yes | Copier: Yes
Canon is a company that is known far and wide for making video and image-related products. Things like cameras, camcorders, and printers are their bread and butter. They excel in manufacturing these items. In this brief list of the best printers for Mac, here is our first pick that carries the Canon name. The ImageClass MF269dw is a compact, monochrome laser printer. It is thickset and sturdy in build. It is more suitable for small offices or work from home people as it is quite obvious thanks to its compact design.
The MF269dw, being a laser printer has higher printing speeds as compared to inkjet printers. Its printing speed, while it is not the highest when it comes to laser printers, it is competitive and gives many bigger sized laser printers a tough time beating it. There is also a wide range of connectivity options. There is the option of connecting to a computer via USB 2.0, ethernet cable, or to the internet thanks to its WIFI connectivity. As for cell phones, it has compatibility with both Android and iOS cell phones. It has the function of AirPrint or you can use the Canon Print Business mobile app to print via your mobile phones. This app is available on both Android and iPhones.
Now that we have covered the plethora of connectivity options let’s move on to the next main feature for printers. The print quality of the ImageClass Mf269dw is like we have to expect from most Canon printers. The print quality is of the highest standard. It is reliable and never really gives any reason to complain. Even when printing detailed images, it did not give us any cause for concern. There is however no color printing available in this printer. It is monochrome, that is it can only do the standard black color printing. While this is a drawback, most office work is done in black color only so we feel that it will not be too much of an inconvenience.
The control panel of the MF269dw is a little old fashioned when it comes to the controls and design it offers. The pricing of this product, however, is nowhere close to being optimal. It is rather high when you see that the product is more for small office usage and not very heavy-duty usage. Overall, the Canon ImageClass MF269dw is ideal for people with small or home offices with not much day to day usage of printers and mostly black printing. The price is really the only major issue when it comes to this printer.
4. Canon Pixma Ts9120
- Six ink cartridges
- Large touch screen
- Great photo printing
- High printing costs
- High price tag
Print Speed: (Black) 15 ppm, (Color)10 ppm | Maximum Print Resolution: 4800 x 1200 dpi | Operating Systems: Mac, Windows | Dimensions:14.7 x 12.8 x 5.6 inches | Weight:14.6 lbs.| WIFI: Yes| Scanner: Yes | Copier: Yes
Another product of Canon makes it into our list. This printer is focused on people with not too frequent text or document printing but more photo printing. As you will see from our brief review of the Pixma TS9120, while its photo printing is top-notch, it is somewhat lacking in the document and test printing department. Do not be alarmed, the quality of its text printing is also pristine, the issue is with the print speed and the pricing of the text printing.
Starting off with the design of the TS9120, you notice that it is not of a massive build. It is a rather lightweight and easy to carry build. The next thing you see is its five-inch screen which gives you the touch control panel. All the options of the printer are available on this screen. The large size of the screen makes it quite easy to operate. There are five ink cartridges as opposed to the standard three. The five colors are cyan, magenta, yellow, black, pigment black, and photo blue. The variety of colors gives this printer the ability to produce excellent photo images.
To top it off, the photo printing of this printer is also quite cheap. The photo printing speed is also quite adequate and does not make you wait as much as many of the printers do when printing high definition photos. The text documents, however, take their time to print. Its print speeds are not able to match the printing speeds of many other printers in the same price range. The printing price of texts and non0photo documents is also higher than many of its counterparts.
The price tag that this printer carries is higher than one would want when looking for a printer for a small office or for printing photos. There are, however, very few printers who can match the photo quality that the Pixma TS9120 delivers consistently. This printer is definitely for the people who do not have as much text to print and are avid photo printers. If your main printing concern is photos however then this printer is really the best pick for you.
5. HP TangoX
Ideal for Home Use
- Small and maneuverable
- Voice control
- No auto duplex printing
- No USB or Ethernet connection
- Cell phone needed for scan and copy functions
Print Speed: (Black) 11 ppm,(Color)8 ppm | Maximum Print Resolution: 4800 x 1200 dpi | Operating Systems: Mac, Windows | Dimensions: 15.3 x 24.4 x 10.2inches | Weight: 7.5 lbs.| WIFI: Yes | Scanner: Yes(Cell Phone needed) | Copier: Yes (Cell Phone needed)
The familiar name of HP is back to give us another product that is worthy enough to make it into our list. The HP Tango X like its name gives the idea, is made for style more than anything else. It is attractive and is certainly an eye-catcher. When we look for printers, we mostly see big square-ish blocks that are made for performance rather than design. The Tango X however is a sleek lightweight printer, made to impress by design and aesthetics.
This is a small made and maneuverable printer. It is also one of the lowest weight printers we have seen. Its small frame and low weight make it really easy to transport. Portability and maneuverability are some of its strong points, so if you need a printer you can carry with you from place to place you should definitely check this out. It also has voice control. Many printers that come in its price range do not have this function either.
There is however no auto duplex printing feature for the Tango X. You have to do that manually when needed. While there is WIFI connectivity there is no USB slot or Ethernet cable slot to connect it to a computer. For PC users this is quite a major drawback since most of their printing files are on their computers. It does have compatibility with both Android and Apple smartphones. You can also print via the AirPrint or connect it to Google drive. If you need to scan or copy a file you will need your cell phone to do it. There is no manual way to avail this feature. Again, while it is a more modern approach, sometimes you just want to keep things simple rather than everything revolving around your cell phones and WIFI.
The HP Tango X is aimed at people who need printers for their homes. This is focused on casual printing, not intended for heavy-duty usage that an office requires. Even small offices might find its printing speeds too slow and get irritated by it. Not to mention the features it gives are much more suited for being used at a home and give comfort to users rather than in an office where you mostly require fast printing to get the files and documents you want.
At the end of our brief review of the best printers for Mac, we hope to have selected a printer for all sorts of people and their needs. Whether it be a small office or for printing needs at your home, a work from home business or a big company with constant printing needs. HP, Canon, and Epson are all extremely well-known names in the tech world, especially when it comes to printers and other video and image-related products. Their products have been tested over the years and have become trusted all over the world.