So you want to print from 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.
Easy to set up. Easy to use. Superb print quality. Prints from anything, anywhere. Feature-loaded. Small footprint. Those would be the ideal features. A printer that just…works.
How ’bout that?
Yeah, I’ve been there. Plenty of times.
Well, I did some research and there are literally a ton of printers available on the market. It’s just too much information to choose from. I figured I wouldn’t waste all that time and energy doing all this research just for ourselves when it can benefit other individuals (like you) as well.
So, that’s why I’ve compiled this list of the top 5 best printers for Chromebooks.
Last updated: 2/18/18.
Note: Be sure to do your own research before making a final purchase. Printers change in build quality, print quality, functionality, and even features very often. I’ll try to keep this guide updated with accurate information, but things may change unnoticed. So be sure to do your due diligence before buying!
If you find inaccurate information, please leave a comment and let me (and everyone else) know so I can update the guide!
Choosing the best one
This list is based on dozens and dozens of reviews I’ve scoured from around the ‘net that span across multiple sources…and also based on our own personal experiences after going through many, many printers in the office.
Call it first-hand experience. So be assured you’re getting the good stuff (to my knowledge- always be sure to do your own research and due diligence before hitting that “Place Order” button).
It’s based on my review, opinions, and the mixed input of everyone in the office. I’ll be referring to “we” and “I” throughout this review interchangeably as it constitutes the personal opinion of multiple reviewers.
All of these printers are Google Cloud Ready, which is exactly what you need to print from your Chromebook. That’s the main badge of approval you want to look for to ensure compatibility and maximum de-frustration for setup and installation.
If you want a simple setup and flawless printing, you should look for printers that are Cloud Ready, as that’s basically Google’s way of “connecting” to your Chromebook printer. It’s wireless, fast, and works anywhere.
Although you can connect to a regular printer via USB, it can be buggy since Chrome OS doesn’t integrate well with traditional printers. Though, this can always be fixed with some tweaking.
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. Although you may have some issues getting it set up with some specific models, once you do, it’ll be a cake to perform print jobs.
The models on this list should just work out-of-the-box and you should have to put in absolutely no effort print your first project.
A word of mention: 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.
Or if you’re having issues getting it to print, you may want to troubleshoot it to get it up and running.
Okay, so now that I’ve got some basics out of the way, let’s get on with the list already.
Can I get a little big woot?
Woot. Let’s roll.
Here’s our list of the top 5 absolute best printers for Chromebooks for 2018
Best Chromebook Printer #1: Canon MX492 Wireless All-In-One Printer
Canon is a very well-known and trusted brand in the printing and camera departments worldwide. The MX492 is a wireless printer designed with AirPrint, which means it can print wirelessly from your Chromebook without connecting wires and deal with setting it up.
It can print, fax, scan, and copy documents wirelessly. In other words, it’s an all-in-one printer.
Note that if you’re looking to scan documents and images to and from your Chromebook as well, you should be warned that this feature is very hard to find on a printer that’s compatible with Chrome OS. Most printers (including the many on this list, aren’t compatible with the scanning feature included with the printer). You’ll likely need a smartphone with an app, or you’ll have to use a Windows or Mac to take care of your scanning needs.
Chrome OS by nature doesn’t play well with scanning, so it’s hard to give an exact answer whether or not the printer you’re looking for will scan when connected to your Chromebook. This printer likely won’t be able to scan to your Chromebook.
With some tweaking and adjustments, you may find success. But for most people who aren’t technically-savvy, it’s suggested to just either outsource your scanning tasks to another computer or just use a smartphone to handle it. Don’t rely on this device to scan properly.
However, if you’re not really looking to scan with your Chromebook, then you should be just fine. The print, fax, and copy features work flawlessly.
It’s Google Cloud Ready, which means it’s set up to be compatible with 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). If you’re reading this, a Cloud Ready printer is what you need to be looking for if you want full compatibility.
It’s also known for its compact size and small footprint. It’s very, very small for a printer.
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 as well as fax and copy (for the majority of users). It holds an automatic document feeder and holds 20 sheets.
It’s also compatible with XL cartridges for less cartridge swapping. It’ll also print in just black ink if you don’t feed it color ink, or if it runs out. (FYI, it also includes ink for starters.)
The MX492 also has a Quiet Mode feature, which makes it print like a mouse to avoid disturbing those around you. It’s actually quiet enough to not wake the company dog (“Brisket”), which speaks volumes since he’s a super light sleeper.
I found that it reduced the noise level to about 25% of the original noise. That’s huge. Although Brisket doesn’t really appreciate loud noises, he has no issues taking a nap in the same room as this device. It’s that quiet. You’ll be impressed.
With the budget-friendly price point, this is a perfect printer for college students or small home offices. It gets the job done without breaking the bank.
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. The compactness is unbelievable for the features you get. It just works.
Give the MX492 a gander on Amazon.
Best Chromebook Printer #2: Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless All-In-One Printer
Next up on the list is another Canon.
The Canon PIXMA MX922 is a larger printer compared to the MX492, but it has much more features as well.
It has all the features of the MX492, such as AirPrint and XL cartridges. However, it has a built-in auto duplex system, which prints both sides of your sheet without you having to turn it over manually. It can also print from pretty much any device on your networks, such as your iPad, laptop, desktop, or even smartphone.
This one of best all-time sellers on Amazon and for good reason. It’s basically made for those who need all the functionality without paying a huge price. It can print, fax, and copy and is compatible with Chrome OS.
Note that if you want to scan something to your Chromebook using the MX922, you’ll have to scan it to a flash drive, then import it to your laptop.
Again, Chrome OS doesn’t play well with scanners. This is something that’s not mentioned on their product page and has caused some confusion, so it’s worth a mention. For Windows, it should be able to scan directly to the computer.
Overall, it’s an all-in-one printer that can handle today’s modern tasks and does it extremely well.
Something special about this model is that it has a built-in Ethernet adapter. This makes it super easy to see the status of it and lets you print from your local network without a hitch.
It also does very well on the ink. This printer is extremely efficient compared to the other printers I’ve used, and if you use the XXL cartridge you’re good to go for a while. It doesn’t waste any ink with its default settings to “Black and White” and you have to option to print in color. This is handy when you don’t want to waste your color ink when you can just print with black ink.
If you fax, you’ll be glad to know that it can feed up to 250 incoming pages. That’s more than you’ll probably need.
The MX922 is also Google Cloud Ready, so it’s ready for your Chromebook. The integration with it is smooth and works just as you’d expect. The software loaded onto the printer is also very up-to-date and doesn’t look like something that needs an update. It’s fast and intuitive. No complaints.
It holds 35 sheets with an automatic document feeder. This is one of the absolute best printers for Chromebooks you can get. The duplex system makes it spit out pages faster than you can say “hurry up” like we were doing to our dated printer.
It also comes with starter cartridges for ink so you have everything you need right out of the box.
Here’s a little trick I’ve learned that may help you: Canon printers usually don’t scan if they’re out of ink. However, if you hold down the “STOP” button while booting it up, it’ll skip the ink check and just go straight to scan mode. This is a way to bypass the check and get it to scan even without ink.
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).
Check out the reviews and get more details about the MX922 on Amazon.
Best Chromebook Printer #3: Samsung SL-C430W/XAA Wireless Printer
Next, I have a wireless color printer by Samsung. This is a larger printer for office settings or high volume printing.
But you can still use this in a home, dorm, or office setting as well depending on how much you print or “just in case” you need to print a lot of pages spontaneously.
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. The setup really couldn’t be easier. If you’re not technical, this is probably the easiest one to set up on the list.
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 fully compatible with your Chromebook and all your tasks that you send it.
It has a quick 400MHz processor and prints up to 19 pages per minute. The print quality is superb. It uses Samsung’s own proprietary “Rendering Engine for Clean Page” (ReCP) technology, which basically makes text and images clear on different media sizes and paper weights.
It also has a Smart Color Management System that automatically adjusts colors to produce sharp and crisp pictures by removing white gaps. It’s actually pretty noticeable and improves the print quality.
This is a Cloud Ready printer, which means it’s compatible with your Chromebook. The print quality is superb. Sharp text. Crisp lettering. It’s not as fast as some of the others on this list, but it sure does spit out quality black and white prints.
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 ever want…but doesn’t eat up all the toner with the Eco mode at the same time. If you don’t mind the footprint, you get it all with this printer.
Check out the Samsung SL-C430 on Amazon.
Best Chromebook Printer #4: Samsung Wireless Monochrome Printer (SL-M2020W/XAA)
This is a monochrome printer, which means it’s made for printing black and white only.
These are usually used for office settings where just text needs to be printed. If you’re only printing pages of black and white text, you should go monochrome because they’re specialized in just printing words on paper.
Monochrome printers have a lot of advanced technology that boosts text clarity and also saves you ink since you don’t need to buy color ink.
Now that’s efficient. Why buy color if you’re only going to print in black and white?
If this is what you’re looking for, then you’ll be glad to know that this is likely the best monochrome printer on the market.
For starters, 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 also print from your Windows, Apple, or Android device. If you have a lot of the devices on different platforms, this printer works with nearly all operating systems.
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 to your network, so setup is a breeze. It’s one of the easiest to install on this entire list. If you’re not that technical, this will be a lifesaver. Press just one button and it’ll start the setup automagically. Easy.
It’s equipped with a speedy 400 MHz processor and prints 21 pages per minute. Whether you’re using this in an office or dorm room, the speed is decent and is fast enough to handle the everyday tasks.
The print quality is also crystal clear and sharp due to the advanced rendering technology. That’s one of the main benefits of Samsung printers- the print quality is always amazing because they have some crazy tech behind it.
We use this to print the majority of task assignments, legal documents, and reports. The clarity of the text is just superb. Printing a color graph on this printer in monochrome works just fine. The different shades of gray are all very well rendered and makes the picture quality excellent. You can easily distinguish between all the lines, facts, and figures on graphs.
And for those wondering, it ships with full toner so you’re ready to go. You get everything you need right out of the box.
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. Perfect for offices or small businesses.
Best Chromebook Printer #5: Canon PIXMA MG5722 Wireless Printer
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 probably your best bet. This is an exceptional all-in-one wireless printer.
It can print, copy, and scan (using a smartphone app because Chromebooks generally aren’t compatible with direct scanning features- see the product description for details). It can print wirelessly from your phone, tablet, or computer.
Whether you have a Windows, Mac, or Chrome OS device, it doesn’t matter. All of them will work with this printer as long as it’s connected to the same network (i.e. your router).
The setup is also easy. Simply connect it to your local WiFi network and it should be instantly recognized.
It features auto-duplex printing, which means it prints double-sided documents or pictures at the same time.
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. The display allows you to also navigate through menus with an intuitive control mechanism.
Personally, I’m used to printers that make you press buttons that make no sense. You know what I’m talking about. You press “down” and it goes right. You press “up” and it goes left. You need to fiddle around with it to get it working and to figure out the control scheme.
Thankfully, I had no issue getting this to do what I wanted. The buttons are clearly labeled and simple to use. It does what you’d expect it to do.
It prints pretty fast too. It’s rated at 21 pages per minute for a borderless photo, 15 pages in black and white, or 10 with full color. It also has Quiet Mode as well so you can print silently.
One thing worth mentioning is that it loads up to 6 individual ink cartridges. This is a lot, but if you want crystal clear and sharp images, it’s worth going for it. You don’t need all 6 cartridges to print, but you can if you want to improve the quality of your prints.
For the budget price, it’s one of the best printers for Chromebooks you can get. It’s a cheap, affordable printer that’s perfect for the student, dorm room, or home office. We have this one in a small business office and use it to print miscellaneous images because the picture quality is just that good. If you need to print pictures as your main purpose, definitely consider the MX5722.
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 super quiet- why can’t all printers be like this? Do they have to be loud?
See the MX5722 on Amazon.
The following printers are also worthy of your consideration.
I’ve decided to include these as well for people who want to really do all their research before buying so they get the absolute best bang for their buck. You may want to check these out as well before making your purchase if you want to be sure you’ve done your research!
Canon MG7720 Wireless All-In-One Printer
This is another model made by Canon and tops the charts in the sheer amount of reviews. It’s an all-in-one complete with AirPrint and Google Cloud so you can print from anywhere.
This is one model I just picked up for the main office space.
The MG7720 has a sleek, pearl white finish and looks stylus with a slight glimmer. It’s priced very competitively and is probably one of the most popular budget models on the market. Some notable features that I personally really liked were the ability to print with NFC using a simple touch to the device.
This means if you have an NFC-enabled device, such as a Samsung smartphone, you can pull up anything on your phone, turn on NFC, and touch the printer with your phone and it’ll just instantly print it. That’s awesome.
Setting it up was also very easy. It’s all done wirelessly and was completely painless. There were no issues getting any devices to detect it and it just works out-of-the-box. No hassle there. It just works (wouldn’t it be nice if more things were like that?).
The MG7720 has a 3.5” digital touchscreen so it’s very intuitive and easy to use. No matching buttons or scrolling with arrow keys in frustration.
The quality is also very good. Although it’s not as colorful and vivid for images, the text is sharp and clear and matches the clarity of a professional laser printer that we have in the backroom.
While it’s not a true laser printer, it certainly prints with the same quality as one. It also can spit out a full black and white image in about 21 seconds. The resolution is also very good- it has up to 9600 x 2400 dpi for color and 600 x 600 dpi for black. This beats many models that are similar in price.
It has an auto duplex for lots and lots of pages. And it loads easily.
It has up to 6 ink cartridges, and you can choose whether or not you want to purchase it with extra ink. It comes with a complete setup of ink cartridges, but they do have less ink than the standard or XL cartridges.
Connectivity includes WiFi, USB, Ethernet, SD card slots, NFC, Pictbridge, and even CD/DVD printing. You can print directly onto CDs or DVDs that have been made with a printable You can print from any Chromebook since it’s Cloud Ready, or any other computer (whether Windows, Mac, or Linux), or any mobile device with NFC. And those are only the connections I tried. It also supports AirPrint, Mopria, and more.
The only issue with this is the noise it makes. It’s quiet but louder than most of the other printers on this list. If that doesn’t bother you, this thing is a steal for the budget price you pay.
What we like: The ease of use. From setting up, adjusting settings, connecting, detecting, and printing, it’s super easy. It’s the easiest model I’ve ever set up. No instructions were read (but you should if you’re not familiar). Literally. And I got it up-and-running on the first try.
Check out the MG7720 here on Amazon.
HP Envy 4520 All-In-One Photo Printer
Don’t judge a printer by its name.
The HP Envy 4520 is one of the newest models to hit the Chrome OS scene. It’s a Chromebook-compatible printer that does photos and everything else.
The reason why it’s called a “photo printer” is because it’s been designed for printing images and optimized for it.
It can still print documents, PDFs, spreadsheets, and everything else. But if you’re a photographer or you plan to print a lot of pictures, this may be worthy of your purchasing consideration.
It can copy, scan (with a specific setup), and of course, print. It can’t fax though, so be wary of that.
The Envy 4520 features a two-sided duplex tray with Instant Ink. This means you can print more pages, print pages faster, and also never run out of ink while doing so.
If you’ve never heard of Intsank Ink, it’s pretty much HPs ink “subscription” model. You get a page quota every month and ink delivered to your door based on this quota.
It does cost an extra $4.99 a month, but you can easily buy just the base printer without Instant Ink if you prefer to buy ink yourself. If you’re a busy person and don’t mind paying a small premium, it can be a huge timesaver. You can read more about it here.
(And for those who are curious, the HP Envy 4520does indeed include one basic black cartridge in the box.)
The HP Envy 4520 uses standard HP Black 63 ink, which will net you about 190 pages.
The auto-duplex paper feed allows you print on both sides of the page, which cuts paper usage by half. It’s not the only printer on this list that has this feature, but again, it’s a timesaver and also a paper-saver as well. It holds up to 100 pages in the tray and outputs 9.5 pages per minute in black and 6.8 pages per minute in color.
It’s also very easy to use even for those who aren’t tech-savvy. It has a 2.2” touchscreen panel that lets you choose exactly what you want to do. Just touch the icon and go.
The print quality is pretty good- as you’d expect from a photo printer. It features borderless printing for 4 x 6” photos and documents up to 8.5 x 11”. It supports 3×5, 4×6, 5×7, and 8×10 paper sizes as well. This lets you print a variety of photo sizes and covers the most common dimensions.
For those who also plan to print documents, it supports letter, legal, and No. 10 envelope standard sizes.
It’s equipped with wireless printing so you can literally print from anywhere using your mobile device- whether it be your phone, tablet, or even your Chromebook. HP has their own printing app that lets you print photos, scan images to your email, and even create a copy from your camera roll directly to your printer.
It also has AirPrint for wireless printing over WiFi so it requires no wires to mess with (other than the power cord).
Overall, the HP Envy 4520 is a very decent printer for those interested in photos. It’s a printer that works with Chrome OS and excellent at shooting out high-quality images for a very affordable price. It’s an excellent value and one of the best photo printers for Chromebooks I’ve come across.
Check out the picture perfect HP Envy 4520 on Amazon.
If you need a Chromebook printer that scans…
If you really need to work with a Chromebook-compatible printer that has the ability to scan without needing a smartphone, there aren’t too many options out there.
The easiest and most direct way I’ve come across is to use the Embedded Web Server feature of HP All-In-One Printers. Specifically, I’m using the HP Officejet 6500 series. It’s not the only model that features the Web Server, but it just happens to be the one that I’ve come across.
HP makes other models that also have this feature, this isn’t the only model.
The EWS is basically like a built-in printer management tool. How it works is you simply connect the printer to your network (the same one as your Chromebook).
Afterwards, you need to find the IP address of the printer. You can do this by pressing a few buttons on your control panel.
Here’s how to find your HP printer’s IP address:
Step 1: Go to Setup > Network Setup > OK.
Step 2: Then look for View Network > Summary > Wireless.
Here you’ll see your device’s IP address. Take note of this. You’ll need it later.
Then, on your Chromebook, launch the Chrome Browser and type in your printer’s IP address in the URL bar (address bar) like you’re visiting your favorite website. Hit Enter. You’ll then be directed to your printer’s EWS.
After that, you’ll see a page that lets you do a variety of things and see the system status. All you really need to worry about is the “start scan” button. This will let you scan an image to your Chromebook. It’ll also allow you to choose from a few different image formats as well- namely .JPG and .PDF. You can also fine-tune your scans by adjusting the DPI (dots-per-inch) to play around with the image quality.
When the scan is complete, it’ll show up on your Chromebook’s screen and you can easily just save it to your hard drive and do what you please with it.
You can also refer to HP’s setup instructions for Embedded Web Server (EWS) here.
Another alternative option is to use their app. HP has a Chrome extension called the “HP Print for Chrome” which lets you easily set up and print on pretty much any HP printer from your Chromebook- even if it’s not Google Cloud Print capable.
You can get the HP Print for Chrome extension here.
The only catch to this method is that it must be an HP All-In-One device that supports Embedded Web Server. That’s about it. You can easily do a search to see which devices have this feature.
Or if you’re interested in the model I’m using (HP Officejet 6500), you can see it on Amazon here.
The best of the best printers for Chromebooks
So there you have it.
These are the 5 best printers for Chromebooks that I’ve come across on the web. All of these printers will work and print from your Chromebook flawlessly. And a few honorable mention alternatives. It should be plenty good to help you decide on the perfect one.
All printers on this list have been vetted, and I even use both of the Samsung printers in our office. We also picked up the Canon MX922 recently as we needed another printer for miscellaneous print jobs.
But remember, if you plan to use the scanning feature, it’s hit or miss. The majority of printers won’t scan directly to your Chromebook, so you’ll need to either use a smartphone with an app or outsource it to another computer.
It’s a hassle to deal with, but that’s just the case until newer models and Chrome OS play nicely together.
However, if you don’t plan on using the scanning features, then you’re good to go.
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 (other than the scanning features), and they’re the best of the best. You can’t really go wrong with any of ’em.
- If you want a proven and reliable budget printer that handles all the basic jobs, go with the MG5722
- If you’re using the printer for an office setting and need high-volume printing, go with one of the Samsung printers
- If you’re using it casually for your home office, work office, or dorm, go with the MX922 or MX492
- If you want to print quality photos, check out the HP Envy 4520
I hope this buyer’s guide helps guide your decision in choosing the best printer for your Chromebook. If so, please consider sharing this article with whoever may need it.
Choosing the right printer isn’t hard at all, and I 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 I’ll review them. Or if you have any questions, let me know as well.
Thanks for reading.