I recently spent three weeks on the beautiful island of Maui! Going to Maui is something that I done every year and have done for the past 20 years. Maui is my place to go to reflect, recharge, and stimulate my creative flow. I haven’t always been able to do three weeks at a time, but I have always had at least one week a year, and sometime two weeks.
Since both my wife and I are sole proprietor independent contractors, I used to haul a complete portable office back and forth so that we could continue to operate our businesses while on vacation. This consisted of a laptop, a printer and a scanner along with the necessary cables, chargers, ink tanks and so on. A few years back I discovered a service that would allow me to store some of these items in a trunk so that I wouldn’t have to haul things back and forth!
Last October I left my venerable Canon Pixma i80 portable printer there along with it’s cables, spare ink tanks and paper! Yay! That knocked off about 10 pounds from my bag as well as considerable bulk.
I stopped carrying a scanner a few years ago after I discovered some Scanner apps for my phone…(http://realtytechbytes.com/?s=scanner) but I still needed to have access to a printer, so storing one on the island was a good move for me.
But, on this trip, when I went to use the i80 I found that it had died sometime in the past and was no longer operable! Of course, I didn’t learn this until I needed it!
Fortunately there is an office supply store near where I stay on Maui and they had the Canon Pixma i110 printer in stock, and on sale! Given that Maui has a much lower sales tax than California, this printer was not only a good choice for me, it was a bargain too.
The reason that I state that the printer was a good choice is because it is wireless enabled…it actually creates a WiFi hot spot that you can connect to with your phone, printer or tablet. This means that I no longer need to haul a laptop back and forth just to be able to print.
Given that all of the real estate software that we use is tablet or phone enabled, we can now operate with just the iPad and iPhones that we normally carry anyway.
Here is an Amazon link to portable printers in case you want to investigate owning one of these: Mobile Printers for sale at Amazon Having one in your car with a power inverter would give you the ability to print things on demand from wherever you are. And the i110 will easily fit into a briefcase.
The printer prints in full color, uses two ink tanks, a black and a tricolor tank, works with standard inject paper and prints photo quality on photo paper.
I like it so much that I am going to get one for home use as I love the fact that I can use it to print from my phone!