The top 5 best printers for Chromebooks 2016 in review

By | 05/26/2016

So you want to print on your Chromebook, and you want the best printer for your Chromebook. Maybe you’ve just purchased your new Chromebook and now you need to print out some docs, pics, or sheets. Or maybe you’ve had your Chromebook for a while and now you want to hook up a Chromebook compatible printer that works without a hiccup and just does what you want it to do- print and print well.

Well, we did some research and there are ton of printers available on the market.

So, that’s why we’ve compiled this list of the top 5 best printers for Chromebooks.

All of these printers are Google Cloud Ready, which is exactly what you need to print from your Chromebook. Our list is based on reviews from around the web, and not just a single source. All printers for Chromebooks must be Cloud Ready, as that’s basically Google’s way of “connecting” to your Chromebook printer. It’s wireless, fast, and works anywhere.

Google Cloud Print lets you print from anywhere in the world to any Google Cloud Ready printer. This means you can be at work and print something from your home printer, or vice versa. Or you can be at home and print something at work. Or you can be in New York and print in Los Angeles. Or maybe you’re just on the couch and you want to print from the room. Whatever the case, Cloud Ready printers will work seamlessly for all Chromebooks.

A traditional printer may have difficulties printing from your Chromebook laptop, or may not even work. There are a few hacks floating around that can get a regular printer working, however, if you’re not technical or don’t want to spend energy on tweaking your printer, it’s best to get a new printer for your Chromebook instead.

Also, if you’re new to Chromebooks and don’t know how to print on a Chromebook, it’s really no sweat. It’s actually very simple. Check out our guide on printing from a Chromebook.

Okay, so now that we’ve got some basics out of the way, let’s get on with the list already.

Can we get a little big woot?

Woot. Let’s roll.

 

Here’s our list of the top 5 absolute best printers for Chromebooks for 2016


Best Chromebook Printer #1: Canon MX492 Wireless All-IN-One Printer

This is one of the best printers for Chromebooks and is 100% budget-friendly.

This is one of the best printers for Chromebooks and is 100% budget-friendly.

Canon is a well-known and trusted brand in the printing and camera departments. The MX492 is a wireless printer designed with AirPrint, which means it can print wirelessly from your Chromebook without any connecting wires and dealing with that mess. It’s Google Cloud Ready, which means it’s set up to be compatible for your Chromebook laptop or most other devices as well (this way your coworkers or friends or roommate can print from it as well, if you like them enough).

It also prints from Apple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and even iPod touch. This is an all-in-one printer, which means it can print and scan, as well as fax and copy. It holds an automatic document feeder and holds 20 sheets. It’s also compatible with XL cartridges for less cartridge swapping.

What we like: The space-saving design. This printer is extremely small compared to all of the printers on this list. It’s perfect for the office or dorm and fits nicely on a shelf or desktop.

Give it a gander on amazon.

Best Chromebook Printer #2: Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless All-In-One Printer

This is Canon's best-selling printer in its class and is Cloud Ready for Chromebooks.

This is Canon’s best-selling printer in its class and is Cloud Ready for Chromebooks.

Next up on the list is another Canon. The Canon PIXMA MX922 is a larger printer compared to the MX492, but it holds more features as well. It has all the features of the MX492, such as AirPrint and XL cartridges. It has a built-in auto duplex system, which prints both sides of your sheet without you having to turn it over manually.

The MX922 is also Google Cloud Ready, so it’s ready for your Chromebook. It holds 35 sheets with an automatic document feeder. This is one of the absolute best printers for Chromebooks you can get.

What we like: This model can copy, scan, and fax multiple documents without loading them in one-by-one. There’s no need to flip pages with the automatic document feeder. Very handy (and cool).

Take a look on amazon.

Best Chromebook Printer #3: Samsung SL-C430W/XAA Wireless Printer

This printer has an Eco button to save toner and power.

This printer has an Eco button to save toner and power.

Next, we have a wireless color printer by Samsung. This is a larger printer for office-settings or high volume printing. Although, you can use this in a home or dorm setting as well, depending on how much you print. Although this printer looks like a beast, it was actually very easy to set up. It comes with its own printer installer and automatically detects your Chromebook and sets everything up automatically.

You can also print from pretty much any device that has an NFC-enabled connection, such as Samsung Galaxy and Note smartphones. This printer also has a broad range of wireless connectivity to print from your Apple, Windows, Amazon Kindle, and Google devices (including your Chromebook). This is a Cloud Ready printer, which means it’s compatible with your Chromebook. It has a quick 400MHz processor and prints up to 19 pages per minute. The print quality is superb.

What we like: We actually use this in our office and adore the Eco button. By pressing this magical button, the printer saves power, toner, and paper by conserving power and printing multiple pages on a single sheet. You can also print in draft mode and skip blank pages, and it’s all customizable. This is a full-size printer with all the features you could want, but doesn’t eat up all the toner with the Eco mode.

View it on amazon.

Best Chromebook Printer #4: Samsung Wireless Monochrome Printer (SL-M2020W/XAA)

Samsung's monochrome printer is perfect for office work and is compatible with Chromebooks.

Samsung’s monochrome printer is perfect for office work and is compatible with Chromebooks.

This is a monochrome printer, which means it’s made for printing black and white only. If this is what you’re looking for to print from your Chromebook, this is one of your best Chromebook-ready printers. It can print directly from your smartphone with NFC technology using the Samsung Mobile Print app (which is free and works really well). You can print from your Windows, Apple, or Android device.

It’s also Google Cloud Ready, so this printer will work flawlessly with your Chromebook with 100% compatibility. You don’t even need to be near your printer. You can print from anywhere in the world using Google Cloud. Setting up the printer was extremely easy as well. It has a single-touch button to connect. It’s equipped with a 400 MHz processor and prints 21 pages per minute. The print quality is also crystal clear and sharp. This is one of the best printers for Chromebooks made by Samsung with Google Cloud Ready for full compatibility.

What we like: The Easy Eco Driver function saves up to ⅕ of toner used and reduces power consumed. The printer also works with other devices other than Chromebooks, so you can print (or your friends) from their devices as well. With the Eco Driver, you won’t be stingy with the toner. This is perfect for people who want quality prints without paying a huge price.

Check it out on amazon.

Best Chromebook Printer #5: Canon PIXMA MG5722 Wireless Printer

This printer is Cloud Ready and can print from mobile devices as well as your Chromebook.

This printer is Cloud Ready and can print from mobile devices as well as your Chromebook.

Last on the list is the Canon PIXMA MG5722. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly and cheap printer for your Chromebook, this is your best bet. This Chromebook is an exceptional all-in-one wireless printer, which means it can print from your Chromebook as well as your other devices.

The print quality is excellent, and this printer shoots out both text and pictures with high sharpness and crystal clarity. It also has a 2.5’’ LCD display, which allows you configure your options and such. It also shows you a print preview before you print. You can print, copy, and scan from this printer. For the price, it’s one of the best printers for Chromebooks you can get.

What we like: It has a “quiet mode,” which allows you to print quietly without making too much noise. This is innovation. This is perfect if you need to print when others are sleeping (such as in a dorm room or family room). The quiet mode feature really is quiet- why can’t all printers be like this?

See it on amazon.

The best of the best printers for Chromebooks

So there you have it. These are the 5 best printers for Chromebooks that we’ve come across on the web. All of these printers will work and print from your Chromebook flawlessly. All printers in this list have been vetted, and we even use both of the Samsung printers in our office. These printers are all Google Cloud Ready and are 100% compatible with your Chromebook, so have no fear of dealing with printer compatibility and whatnot. All of these printers will work with any Chromebook without a hiccup, and they’re the best of the best. You can’t really go wrong with any of ’em.

If you want a budget printer, go with the MG5722.

If you’re using the printer for an office setting, go with one of the Samsung printers.

If you’re using it for your home, office, or dorm, go with MX922 or MX492.

We hope this buyer’s guide helps guide your decision in choosing the best printer for your Chromebook. If so, please consider sharing this article to whoever may need it. Choosing the right printer isn’t hard at all, and we want all Chromebook owners to know that. Let’s stop the “Chromebooks can’t print” rumors and let’s stop the bashing already.

If you have any other excellent printers that are compatible with Chromebooks, leave them in the comments and we’ll review them. Let us hear ’em.


About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (platy@platypusplatypus.com).

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Pete
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I just got a Canon MX492 printer, #1 on your list of the best 5 to use with Chromebooks. Printing is fine from the Google Cloud. However…scanning is non-existent. I can not find a way to scan documents FROM my printer TO my Samsung Chromebook. I have a six-pages document I need to scan into my Chromebook as one document and can’t find a way to do it after much hunting around online. Help needed please!

Tim
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Do all these Google printers still
work if the internet is down but my local network is up?

Graham
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hello. I bought a Canon MX925. It connects up fine to my Toshiba Chromebook but on the print page there are no options to choose multiple copies or to choose monochrome/colour.

I have been back and forth between Canon and Google who say it is not their problem.

The public help section for Chromebook has several posts complaining about the poor interface with Canon and that Canonn don’t seem that interested to sort things out.

Any observations welcome.

Graham

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