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Welcome to our pick of the best printers for Macs and MacBooks. No matter what kind of Mac you have, be it an iMac, MacBook or traditional Mac computer, you’ll find on this page the best printers you can plug straight in to your Apple device.
Getting the best printer for your Mac means ensuring that it can easily connect to your Apple product either via wires or wirelessly. Many of them will also support printing from your iPhone or iPad as well.
As many people use Macs for creative work, it’s vitally important that the printer you buy for your Mac is able to produce high quality printouts that will do your artwork or photography justice. On this page, you’ll find printers that do just that, and they are all macOS compatible.
To make buying the best printer for your Mac even easier, we’ve included our own price comparison tool on this page, so you’ll get recommendations for the best prices as well from a variety of online stores.
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The best printer for Mac at a glance
- Canon PIXMA TS8350
- Epson Expression Premium XP-6105
- Brother DCP-J774DW
- Epson EcoTank ET-M1120
- Epson Expression Home XP-2100
- Canon Pixma G5050
- HP ENVY Photo 7164
- HP Tango X
- HP Color Laser 150nw
- Canon Pixma G4510
This 3-in-1 inkjet printer looks and feels like a premium model and it has the specifications to match. It uses six individual ink cartridges to achieve superior colour fidelity and prints photos at a sharp 4800 x 1200 DPI resolution. It offers AirPrint connectivity for Mac users and includes an SD Cards slot for photographers. It can automatically print both sides of a page, scan at high-resolution and with the help of its rear paper feed, it can handle almost any kind of printable media from blank CDs to fingernail stickers. It is pretty compact, given the dazzling list of features, and it’s all controlled by a generously sized colour touchscreen.
Epson has done well to shrink this three-in-one to the size of a square shoebox without losing any features. Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and AirPrint make it easy to connect to an Apple device without the need for Ethernet or USB cables. It also offers auto duplex printing, convenient USB and SD card slots and the ability to print on a very wide variety of media from blank CDs to glossy A4 photo paper. It lacks a touchscreen display, but it’s easy to use and the print quality, especially with photos, is excellent.
Brother’s entry-level inkjet 3-in-1 bundles all of the key features such as auto duplexing and cloud printing into a delightfully compact unit. The tilting display is easy to read, but if you’re using an Apple mobile device, you can download the free iPrint&Scan app, which particularly well thought out. There are USB ports front and rear, an SD Card slot and Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Direct, so it’s well connected too. It prints somewhat slowly at 12ppm in mono, but duplex documents appear crisp and consistent and photos on glossy paper look lifelike enough for a budget model.
Read the full review: Brother DCP-J774DW
The up-front price might seem daunting, but this print-only device includes enough black ink for 6,000 pages and refills are far cheaper than cartridges. Epson’s elegant design won a Red Dot award and we have to agree that there’s something refreshingly simple about topping up the visible reservoir with a bottle of ink. There are few features here, not even AirPrint, but the iOS companion app is excellent and it compliments a Mac particularly well. Wi-Fi is built in and it can turn out duplex pages at a somewhat slow, but steady rate of 15ppm and there’s room in this streamlined machine for 150 sheets of paper.
At this aggressive price point, you might not expect much from a printer, but this 3-in-1 can print, scan and copy in colour and at a decent resolution. There’s inbuilt Wi-Fi with AirPrint compatibility for Apple users, while Epson’s iPrint companion app makes it even easier to print and scan remotely via an iPhone, or iPad. Sadly, there’s no auto duplex mode and no LCD, but it is able to print on a wide variety of media with room for 100 sheets of plain A4 paper in the main paper tray, or 20 sheets of photo paper. Usually, the catch with cheap printers is the cost of replacement cartridges, but in this case Epson’s Starfish ink is quite competitively priced too.
This costly, but cost-effective all-in-one AirPrint device has swapped its cartridges for refillable ink tanks. That slashes your per-page cost considerably and Canon has included enough ink for 6,000 black and white pages and 7,700 colour – hence the hefty price tag. It prints quite slowly, but with a paper capacity of 350 sheets (250 in the main tray plus 100 in the rear tray) and such a high ink yield, it can keep on printing. It comes equipped with Wi-Fi and auto duplex mode and can be easy controlled by the iOS/Android companion app.
As an Apple device user, you might often find yourself in situations when you need to print directly from your iPhone or iPad. With the HP Envy Photo 7164 photo printer, you won’t have to bother transferring your images to your Mac thanks to its AirPrint feature. But, this inkjet photo printer offers more than that. If you’re looking for the best printer for Mac, this has a few other features you’ll appreciate – from borderless photo printing and a separate photo paper tray to Wireless Direct printing and HP’s Instant Ink replacement service.
Built specifically for Mac and Apple users, the HP Tango X has all the features you’re looking for a portable printer. Beyond its lightweight and compact design, it boasts AirPrint capability, has a nice indigo linen wrap for easy transport, and requires no drivers or USB connections for setup. All you need is the HP Smart app on your device, and you’re ready to print (and even scan and copy) wherever you are. This makes it perfect for digital nomads who are hardcore Apple fans, and among the best printers for Mac if you’re looking to save space.
This colour laser printer could not be smaller or more basic in its design. There’s no LCD, no front USB port and very few features. It can’t even print on both sides of the page. However, if you only want to print on plain A4 paper and don’t need auto duplex, then this refreshingly basic print-only device will do so quickly and cheaply. Being a laser, it easily undercuts the running costs of an inkjet. Wi-Fi with AirPrint is built in, so it’ll connect readily to a Mac, or iOS device and it’s one of the few printers we’ve come across that includes a USB cable in the box.
Read the full review: HP Color Laser 150nw
By swapping ink cartridges for bottled ink, this inkjet printer has a far higher page yield and much lower per page cost. You can clearly see when the ink reservoirs are running low and with Wi-Fi built in and AirPrint compatibility, it’s easy to scan and print using your Apple device and the iOS companion app. It can auto duplex print and includes an automatic document feed and fax facility.
Read the full review: Canon Pixma G4510
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