Epson lists this under ‘Inkjet printers for home’, which is the one place you wouldn’t plan to use it. The point of it is that if your work takes you out and about – lockdown permitting – the WF-110W can go with you. Its built-in battery should last 50 colour or 100 black-and- white pages, and can be recharged with the supplied mains adapter or via USB from any standard power source, such as the socket on a train or in your car.
Portable printer that’s ideal for printing receipts, quotes and short documents
It really is pretty versatile. With Wi-Fi built in, you can connect the printer to the same router or hotspot as your laptop, or to the wireless network wherever you’re visiting, or set up the printer to broadcast its own Wi-Fi hotspot and join it from your computer. Or you can just connect it with a USB cable. Either way, it works with both PCs and Macs. Options are selected on a tiny colour screen that’s protected by the paper input tray when it’s folded up to carry. It’s not intended for long documents, and you’re only meant to load 20 sheets of A4 at one time. We got away with 25, but stuffing in 30 caused jams.
Black text came out at exactly the claimed seven pages per minute, although a draft mode increased this to 9.6ppm, and colour graphics took about half a minute per page. This is when powered: unplugged, speed is cut by almost half to conserve the battery. Still, it’s quite practical for printing out a page or two to give a customer a quote or receipt, or get a signature. Black text was crisp, and colour graphics OK except for occasional banding. Photos were very slow to print and didn’t look great, but that’s not the intended use.
The tiny refill cartridges aren’t very cost-effective, although at least you get enough for 250 black and 200 colour pages included with the printer. Running costs work out at about 12 1/2 p per page, with the black alone accounting for nearly half – two to three times what you’d usually expect.
5760x1440dpi maximum print resolution • 4ppm colour and 7ppm mono quoted speeds • 20-sheet paper input • USB • 802.11n Wi-Fi • 61x309x159mm (HxWxD) • 1.6kg • Three-year warranty
You wouldn't buy this as an everyday printer, but it's a good choice when portability is the priority
Canon Pixma iP110
Heavier, slightly faster with longer battery life, but low stock has pushed the price up