Serious crafters know a quality printer makes or breaks their creative work. The purpose of this post is to help you decide what printer is the best for your specific craft. Below we have listed the ones we feel are the best for professional quality photos that are gallery or studio worthy, as well as a portable printer that even non-crafters will enjoy for today’s on-the-go lifestyle.
Social Media enthusiasts will appreciate this print only portable HP Sprocket photo printer. Yes, it will fit in your pocket! This small little printer may even be bigger than your cell phone. The HP Sprocket is compatible with Apple and Android. Instead of ink, this printer needs special paper called HP ZINK® sticky-backed photo paper. This is a thermal paper with the ink embedded into the page. Talk about innovative, eh? This nifty printer is available in three colors: red, black or white.
- Print only
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0
- Print photos directly from your smartphone or tablet
- Portable – about the size of a cell phone
- Bluetooth® connectivity
- ZINK® Zero Ink® technology; 10 sheets included
- Rechargeable battery
Photographers beware! You will fall in love with this printer! It has a stunning printing ability. The eight ink cartridges are dye-based, creating beautiful color and black and white photos at the professional level. Ink cartridges tend to be on the higher end cost-wise, but the quality is worth it!
- Print Only
- Wireless, Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB, PictBridge
- Print Speed (up to):
- 8 x 10 Image on A4 with Border: Approx. 51 seconds seconds
- 11 x 14 Image on A3+ with Border: Approx. 1 minute 30 seconds
- 2-way paper feed
- up to 13”x 19” in size
- 4800 x 2400 dpi
Best Printer for Crafting
- Print, Copy, Scan
- Print Speed: 4″ x 6″ Photo: Approx. 17.0 seconds; ESAT (Black): Approx. 15.0 ipm; ESAT (Color): Approx. 10.0 ipm
- Bluetooth, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, microSD
- Print Resolution: Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
- Auto 2-Sided (Duplex) Printing
- A Six Individual Ink System built for stunning print quality that includes a dedicated Photo Blue ink tank for photo lab quality photos. The individual ink tank system can help you save money, as you only need to replace the ink that runs out!
- Print, copy and scan quickly and easily with the Large 5.0″ LCD Touchscreen. Find & select what you need on the intuitive user interface.
- With Bluetooth & Wi-Fi built in – connecting your smartphone, tablet and all your other devices has never been easier. Just choose the right one for you and print!
- The Auto Expandable Output Tray will never let you (or your documents) down, it automatically expands to “catch” your prints – making sure there are no paper jams and your prints look perfect- every time. And when you pair that with the auto power on/off feature – the printer will turn on, print your documents and photos, and then turn itself off after a set period of time.
- With built-in Creative Filters add great-looking effects to your images before you print them!
For Professional Quality Photos and Art Up to 11”x 17”
“The Expression Photo XP-960 wireless, wide-format small-in-one printer puts professional-quality photo printing at your fingertips. Featuring six-color ultra HD inks, this compact all-in-one is also powerful, printing 4″ x 6″ photos in as fast as 11 seconds. Easily print from your iPad®, iPhone®, tablet or smartphone — with or without a router — at home or on the go. The innovative, fold-over scan lid holds originals in place. An intuitive 4.3″ touchscreen makes tasks easy. Plus, you can easily print Facebook® photos and more with Epson’s Creative Print App.”
- Professional photo quality — stunning borderless photos up to 11″ x 17″ and sharp text, with brilliant six-color Claria® Photo HD Inks
- Fast — 4″ x 6″ photos in as fast as 11 seconds
- Ultimate wireless — designed for easy printing from your iPhone, iPad, Android™ mobile devices and many more; includes Wi-Fi Direct® for router-free printing
- Innovative fold-over scan lid — holds originals in place
- One-of-a-kind creative projects — rear paper feed accommodates specialty paper; plus, print directly onto DVDs
- Creative Print mobile app — easily print Facebook photos and create custom cards, stationery and more
- Easy — 4.3” intuitive touchscreen with gesture navigation
- Versatile Small-in-One — superior performance, ultra slim design
- Share — scan to Facebook and the cloud for easy photo sharing
Sending out prints is a thing of the past when companies are making high-quality printers that produce stunning prints from the comfort of your own home. Even wedding photographers are giving newly married couples a USB drive allowing them to print off their own wedding photos. Oh, how times have changed! Happy crafting and creating!