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Looking for small, affordable printer for on the boat

No kidding. I've been wanting a printer on board, for working remotely, for printing checklists, and other things. Are there any cheap printers that will fit in a small space? I know Walmart has a $30 printer, but I haven't looked at it to check on the size. WiFi is a must.

It could sit in a locker until I need it.

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Re: Looking for small, affordable printer for on the boat

Looks like Walmart have a HP for $26.95, and a Canon for $29.95. They both fit the definition of cheap, and they work great. The issue is size - is it worth paying more for a smaller one?
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Re: Looking for small, affordable printer for on the boat

Do you need color? I would prefer a small laser printer as the consumables are way cheaper and the output is fairly waterproof. Even water resistant ink jet will run if it gets damp.

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Re: Looking for small, affordable printer for on the boat

Good thoughts.

I was thinking that the cost of ink matters less because I won't be printing that much. (Also when the home printer breaks and the kids have homework due, I could run to the boat and get the "spare".)

Didn't know that laser printing is more water resistant. (I think about getting a laminator but that feels a bit over the top.)

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Re: Looking for small, affordable printer for on the boat

Brad, Google "travel printers"; there's a lot of options.

On the up side they're small and made to take a bit more abuse than a typical printer - good on a boat.

On the downside they're quite a bit more expensive.

I use a small, basic Cannon when I work from the boat. It's good enough and small enough to fit into a cubby.
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who prints anymore? Just put your checklist on an el-cheapo $40 android tablet from best buy

Seriously....there are $40-50 android tablets at Best Buy...its incredible how cheap these 7" tablets have gotten.
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Re: Looking for small, affordable printer for on the boat

We have 6-8 small footprint HP inkjet printers that our crisis staff use where I work. In my experience with these over the years, I would opt for laser if we could. What I see here at work is that if the inkjets don't get used rather frequently the cartridge dries up a bit and print quality goes bad. Our crisis staff have just gotten in the habit of keeping a new cartridge in their go bag.
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who prints anymore? Just put your checklist on an el-cheapo $40 android tablet from best buy

Seriously....there are $40-50 android tablets at Best Buy...its incredible how cheap these 7" tablets have gotten.
Not a bad idea but I like important things in print so anyone onboard can reference them at any time.

Can those be used as a cell phone? (Does Verizon consider them as a cell phone?) My cell phone died and I could use a new one that has a big screen.

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who prints anymore? Just put your checklist on an el-cheapo $40 android tablet from best buy

Seriously....there are $40-50 android tablets at Best Buy...its incredible how cheap these 7" tablets have gotten.
I find that I see things differently if I can print out a spreadsheet or a document, read it through and mark it up on paper.

Somehow it's a different thought process than doing it on a screen. I see things I wouldn't otherwise see and different ideas come to mind. I'll sometimes sketch out ideas on a legal pad for the same reason.

Maybe it's a generational thing?
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Re: Looking for small, affordable printer for on the boat

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Laser printers all depend on static electricity to transfer the image. In a damp environment, you tend to get gray print on a very gray background, and clumping toner problems. Not a good idea on a small craft, unless you keep it in a sealed container and constantly dessicate that.

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Plenty of tablets can be used as cell phones but there's this universal conspiracy thing in the US: All the good tablets with cellular connectivity, are not sold by the carriers. They sell a very small selection at stiff prices. Like AT&T, still selling the 10" Galaxy S3 tablet in the 2012 version, and refusing to carry the 2014 version, which blows it out of the water. Of course you can buy the 2014 version on the open market, but then, that's an "international" version that doesn't use the US's proprietary "4G-LTE-ish" bands at all.

But there are cellular tablets out there nd some can be used as cell phones. The rest can be used "with" your cell phone, or a "MiFi" type wifi hotspot connecting them to the cellular system.

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