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AirPrint Printers Buyers Guide

What is AirPrint?
AirPrint technology was recently released as part of Apple’s iOS 4.2. It provides the ability to print to an AirPort compatible printer using a standard iOS iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. The setup is easy and straightforward, but printing straight to a printer does require a printer that supports the technology (the AirPrint protocol).

What is the best AirPrint printer?
It’s nearly impossible to select the best AirPrint printer because different people have different needs. A business may need a fast, high capacity Laser printer. A home based business may need light color printing. With all the current models available today, finding a printer using the table below is easy and straightforward.

HP has released the following AirPrint compatible printers. This table shows each printer’s strengths and weaknesses to help you as a buyer decide which printer is the best option for your home or business. You can sort by feature, speed, or cost. We have included both inkjet-based and laser-based printers in this list. By clicking on any row, additional data including our thoughts about the printer is included.

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AirPrint Printers

Model Color Duplex Speed (ppm) MSRP Page Cost Black Page Cost Color
HP Color LaserJet CM1415fnw MFP 12 (Black)
8 (Color)

$449.99 0.03 0.15
HP Color LaserJet Pro CM1415fn MFP 12 (Black)
8 (Color)

0.03 0.15
HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1025nw 17 (Black)
4 (Color)

$229.99 0.05 0.18
HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525n 12 (Black)
8 (Color)

0.03 0.15
HP Color LaserJet Pro CP1525nw 12 (Black)
8 (Color)

$299.99 0.03 0.15
HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One D410A 27 (Black)
22 (Color)

$249.99 0.07 0.12
HP LaserJet P1102w 19 (Black) $149.99 0.04
HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP 19 (Black) $199.99 0.04
HP LaserJet Pro M1213nf MFP 18 (Black) 0.04
HP LaserJet Pro M1214nfh MFP 18 (Black) 0.04
HP LaserJet Pro M1216nfh MFP 18 (Black) 0.04
HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw MFP 18 (Black) $249.99 0.04
HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf 26 (Black) $299.99 0.04
HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn 26 (Black) $159.99 0.04
HP Officejet 6500a e-All-in-One 10 (Black)
7 (Color)

$149.99 0.05 0.10
HP Officejet 6500a Plus e-All-in-One 10 (Black)
7 (Color)

$199.99 0.05 0.10
HP Officejet 7500a Wide Format e-All-in-One E910a 15 (Black)
11 (Color)

$249.99 0.05 0.10
HP Officejet Pro 8500a e-All-in-One 15 (Black)
11 (Color)

$299.99 0.03 0.07
HP Officejet Pro 8500a Plus e-All-in-One 15 (Black)
11 (Color)

$399.99 0.03 0.07
HP Officejet Pro 8500a Premium e-All-in-One 15 (Black)
11 (Color)

$499.99 0.03 0.07
HP Photosmart C310 Premium e-All-in-One 11 (Black)
8 (Color)

$199.99 0.06 0.10
HP Photosmart C410a Premium Fax e-All-in-One 33 (Black)
32 (Color)

$299.99 0.06 0.10
HP Photosmart D110a e-All-in-One 29 (Black)
23 (Color)

$129.99 0.06 0.10
HP Photosmart D110a Plus e-All-in-One 8 (Black)
8 (Color)

$149.99 0.06 0.10
HP Photosmart eStation C510a All-in-One 33 (Black)
32 (Color)

$399.99 0.06 0.10
This is the “cadillac” of color laser all-in-one printers available on the market today. The CM1415 has many features not even available on top-of-the-line inkjet printers. Whether you’re printing from a USB flash drive, or using HP’s ePrint services, this printer is a good performer with laser sharp color printing. It does carry a higher price tag, but if you’re looking for lots of great features, I’d make sure to check out all the specs before choosing your printer.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired and Wireless
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.03
Color Cost Per Page: $0.15
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 128A CE320A 69.99 2000
Cyan 128A CE321A 66.99 1300
Yellow 128A CE322A 66.99 1300
Magenta 128A CE323A 66.99 1300
This printer isn’t sold in the US, but it’s just like it’s older brother (the CM1415fnw) except it doesn’t have wireless networking. Take a look at the specs for that printer for more information.
Features
USA Availability: No
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.03
Color Cost Per Page: $0.15
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 128A CE320A 69.99 2000
Cyan 128A CE321A 66.99 1300
Yellow 128A CE322A 66.99 1300
Magenta 128A CE323A 66.99 1300
This very compact color laser printer is a great no-frills printer with wireless capabilities. The lack of an onscreen menu makes it a little tougher to configure at first, but if you’re going for small size, this color laser is the tiniest one HP makes.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired and Wireless
LCD Menu: No
Multifunction (MFP): No
Black Cost Per Page: $0.05
Color Cost Per Page: $0.18
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 126A CE310A 49.99 1200
Cyan 126A CE311A 55.99 1000
Yellow 126A CE312A 55.99 1000
Magenta 126A CE313A 55.99 1000
Drum 126A CE314A 79.99 7000
We couldn’t find any data on this model in the US, but as the name implies, is just like the CP1525nw, however, it doesn’t have wireless connectivity.
Features
USA Availability: No
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): No
Black Cost Per Page: $0.03
Color Cost Per Page: $0.15
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 128A CE320A 69.99 2000
Cyan 128A CE321A 66.99 1300
Yellow 128A CE322A 66.99 1300
Magenta 128A CE323A 66.99 1300
This very compact color laser with a large menu and wireless capability is a great addtion to any home or office. The cartridges are pretty small (and a bit expensive), but it does print laser quality color output very quickly. If you’re willing to spend the money on the cartridges, I’d go with this compact color laser.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired and Wireless
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): No
Black Cost Per Page: $0.03
Color Cost Per Page: $0.15
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 128A CE320A 69.99 2000
Cyan 128A CE321A 66.99 1300
Yellow 128A CE322A 66.99 1300
Magenta 128A CE323A 66.99 1300
This very slim printer looks almost like a large scanner. It fits nearly anywhere because of it’s very compact profile. HP managed to also squeeze in double sided printing and scanning capabilities as well. With the small size comes a price. It doesn’t have a media tray and the cartridges are fairly small. Reviews seem to love it though for those people that don’t necessarily need to print very much.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wireless Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.07
Color Cost Per Page: $0.12
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 60 CC640WN 14.99 200
Tri 60 CC643WN 19.99 165
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 60XL CC641WN 34.99 600
Tri 60XL CC644WN 40.99 440
For those people that need a dead simple straightforward laser printer that can be placed nearly anywhere, the P1102w is a great choice. It doesn’t have lots of features (like scanning or faxing), but it’s so small and fits anywhere on your desk. The cartridges it uses though are some of the smallest that HP has made, so you may be spending a little extra per cartridge than with other bigger models.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wireless Only
LCD Menu: No
Multifunction (MFP): No
Black Cost Per Page: $0.04
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 85A CE285A 67.99 1600
The M1212nf is a great all-in-one machine for home and business users that want dead simple black and white printing with some of the nicer all-in-one features such as scanning, copying, and faxing. This model only supports wired networking, but the speed and cost per page outweigh the downsides and I’d recommend this printer for smaller businesses with low volume printing.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.04
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 85A CE285A 67.99 1600
We couldn’t find any information on this printer in US markets, but if it did exist, the name would imply that it carries all the features of the same features as the M1212, but has a different model number.
Features
USA Availability: No
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.04
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 85A CE285A 67.99 1600
We couldn’t find any information on this printer in US markets, but if it did exist, the name would imply that it carries all the features of the M1212, but would also include a phone handset.
Features
USA Availability: No
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.04
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 85A CE285A 67.99 1600
We couldn’t find any information on this printer in US markets, but if it did exist, the name would imply that it carries all the features of the M1212, but would also include a phone handset.
Features
USA Availability: No
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.04
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 85A CE285A 67.99 1600
For those people that want the ease, speed, and cost-effectiveness of laser printing but require wireless connectivity, the M1217nfw packs a lot of great features. It includes all the base all-in-one features such as scanning, faxing, and copying. You can also choose if you’d like to use wired or wireless connectivity. It doesn’t have duplexing though so if you need doublesided printing, you’ll need another model.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired and Wireless
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.04
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 85A CE285A 67.99 1600
The M1536dnf printer is very similar to it’s sibling M1212, but has duplex printing, a bigger media tray, and faster output. I’d be considering this printer if you want a beefed up compact all-in-one laser.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.04
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 78A CE278A 77.99 2100
This printer is solid solution if you’re looking for something that’s compact and fast. It has built-in duplexing which is uncommon for such a small printer. The cartridges are fairly inexpensive, but they don’t last very long. There’s no LCD menu to help guide you through troubleshooting tasks, but it does save on power.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: No
Multifunction (MFP): No
Black Cost Per Page: $0.04
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 78A CE278A 77.99 2100
This printer features efficent energy consumption as well as the ability to use “XL” cartridges which can save money over time. Early reviews show there were some firmware issues that caused power issues. It appears that they have been resolved making this a decent entry line printer.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.05
Color Cost Per Page: $0.10
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 920 CD971AN 19.99 420
Cyan 920 CH634AN 9.99 300
Magenta 920 CH635AN 9.99 300
Yellow 920 CH636AN 9.99 300
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 920XL CD975AN 31.99 1200
Cyan 920XL CD972AN 14.99 700
Magenta 920XL CD973AN 14.99 700
Yellow 920XL CD974AN 14.99 700
This printer features efficent energy consumption as well as the ability to use “XL” cartridges which can save money over time. Early reviews show there were some firmware issues that caused power issues. It appears that they have been resolved making this a decent entry line printer.

What’s the “Plus” difference? – Additional media capability, wired and wireless capability, automatic duplex printing.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.05
Color Cost Per Page: $0.10
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 920 CD971AN 19.99 420
Cyan 920 CH634AN 9.99 300
Magenta 920 CH635AN 9.99 300
Yellow 920 CH636AN 9.99 300
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 920XL CD975AN 31.99 1200
Cyan 920XL CD972AN 14.99 700
Magenta 920XL CD973AN 14.99 700
Yellow 920XL CD974AN 14.99 700
This “fat” looking printer features wide printing ability (up to 13×19). It also has built-in copying, scanning, and faxing. If you’re looking for an all in one inkjet printer with the ability to print wide photos, documents, or posters, this is a great printer. It doesn’t have automatic duplex printing (both sides), but it does boast wired and wireless connectivity.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.05
Color Cost Per Page: $0.10
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 920 CD971AN 19.99 420
Cyan 920 CH634AN 9.99 300
Magenta 920 CH635AN 9.99 300
Yellow 920 CH636AN 9.99 300
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 920XL CD975AN 31.99 1200
Cyan 920XL CD972AN 14.99 700
Magenta 920XL CD973AN 14.99 700
Yellow 920XL CD974AN 14.99 700
This printer packs lots of important features such as individual ink cartridges, ePrint printing, and automatic duplex printing. Cartridges are priced fairly and the printer can use “XL” cartridges which can save money. This base model includes a tray for 35-sheets of paper, whereas its siblings can hold more paper and have wireless abilities.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired and Wireless
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.03
Color Cost Per Page: $0.07
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 940 C4902AN 25.99 1000
Cyan 940 C4903AN 19.99 900
Magenta 940 C4904AN 19.99 900
Yellow 940 C4905AN 19.99 900
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 940XL C4906AN 35.99 2200
Magenta 940XL C4908AN 25.99 1400
Cyan 940XL C4907AN 25.99 1400
Yellow 940XL C4909AN 25.99 1400
This printer packs lots of important features such as individual ink cartridges, ePrint printing, and automatic duplex printing. Cartridges are priced fairly and the printer can use “XL” cartridges which can save money. This plus model includes a tray for 50-sheets of paper (base model only has a 35-sheet tray) and has the abiilty to connect to a home or office networking wirelessly.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired and Wireless
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.03
Color Cost Per Page: $0.07
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 940 C4902AN 25.99 1000
Cyan 940 C4903AN 19.99 900
Magenta 940 C4904AN 19.99 900
Yellow 940 C4905AN 19.99 900
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 940XL C4906AN 35.99 2200
Magenta 940XL C4908AN 25.99 1400
Cyan 940XL C4907AN 25.99 1400
Yellow 940XL C4909AN 25.99 1400
This printer packs lots of important features such as individual ink cartridges, ePrint printing, and automatic duplex printing. Cartridges are priced fairly and the printer can use “XL” cartridges which can save money. This premium model includes a tray for 50-sheets of paper, an additional tray which holds 250-sheets, and has wireless capability.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wired and Wireless
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.03
Color Cost Per Page: $0.07
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 940 C4902AN 25.99 1000
Cyan 940 C4903AN 19.99 900
Magenta 940 C4904AN 19.99 900
Yellow 940 C4905AN 19.99 900
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 940XL C4906AN 35.99 2200
Magenta 940XL C4908AN 25.99 1400
Cyan 940XL C4907AN 25.99 1400
Yellow 940XL C4909AN 25.99 1400
This printer is fast and has a slim profile. Your only networking option is wireless though. Cartridges costs are a bit on the more expensive side due to the economical cost of this printer. It only holds 20 sheets of paper because of the small design, but does include ePrint capabilities for printing using email. This “premium” model includes a bigger media tray (20 sheets of paper vs 15) , has a nicer, bigger LCD menu (4.3in), and prints paper on both sides automatically. Also, this printer does not include fax ability. Please see the C410a if you need to fax.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wireless Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.06
Color Cost Per Page: $0.10
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 564 CB316WA 14.99 250
Cyan 564 CB318WA 9.99 300
Magenta 564 CB319WA 9.99 300
Yellow 564 CB320WA 9.99 300
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 564XL CB322WN 22.99 550
Cyan 564XL CB323WN 17.99 750
Yellow 564XL CB325WN 17.99 750
Magenta 564XL CB324WN 17.99 750
This is an ideal printer for homes or offices that need to fax as well as copy, scan, and print. It’s fairly compact, includes wireless and wired networking, and prints on both sides of the paper automatically. The user reviews boast great photo color and fast printing.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wireless Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.06
Color Cost Per Page: $0.10
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 564 CB316WA 14.99 250
Cyan 564 CB318WA 9.99 300
Magenta 564 CB319WA 9.99 300
Yellow 564 CB320WA 9.99 300
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 564XL CB322WN 22.99 550
Cyan 564XL CB323WN 17.99 750
Yellow 564XL CB325WN 17.99 750
Magenta 564XL CB324WN 17.99 750
This printer is fast and has a slim profile. Your only networking option is wireless though. Cartridges costs are a bit on the more expensive side due to the economical cost of this printer. It only holds 15 sheets of paper because of the small design, but does include ePrint capabilities for printing using email.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wireless Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.06
Color Cost Per Page: $0.10
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 564 CB316WA 14.99 250
Cyan 564 CB318WA 9.99 300
Magenta 564 CB319WA 9.99 300
Yellow 564 CB320WA 9.99 300
This printer is fast and has a slim profile. Your only networking option is wireless though. Cartridges costs are a bit on the more expensive side due to the economical cost of this printer. It only holds 20 sheets of paper because of the small design, but does include ePrint capabilities for printing using email. This “plus” model includes a bigger media tray (20 sheets of paper vs 15) and has a nicer, bigger LCD menu.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wireless Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.06
Color Cost Per Page: $0.10
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 564 CB316WA 14.99 250
Cyan 564 CB318WA 9.99 300
Magenta 564 CB319WA 9.99 300
Yellow 564 CB320WA 9.99 300
This inkjet printer features a never before seen removable android tablet that attaches to the front of the screen. This feature makes this printer have the largest LCD screen available in the market today. Besides the large screen, the eStation supports automatic duplex printing, ePrint services, but holds 20 sheets of paper in the media cassette. As far as networking goes, you can only use wireless connectivity with this printer.
Features
USA Availability: Yes
Networking: Wireless Only
LCD Menu: Yes
Multifunction (MFP): Yes
Black Cost Per Page: $0.06
Color Cost Per Page: $0.10
Standard Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP Yield
Black 564 CB316WA 14.99 250
Cyan 564 CB318WA 9.99 300
Magenta 564 CB319WA 9.99 300
Yellow 564 CB320WA 9.99 300
XL (High Yield) Capacity Cartridges
Color Model Part MSRP/th>

Yield
Black 564XL CB322WN 22.99 550
Cyan 564XL CB323WN 17.99 750
Yellow 564XL CB325WN 17.99 750
Magenta 564XL CB324WN 17.99 750

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: My printer is on this list, but my iOS device does not see the printer, what do I need to do?

HP released firmware updates for a few different printers to enable AirPrint support.

Question: Will HP enable AirPrint support on my inkjet or LaserJet printer?

Unless your printer is less than a year old, it’s very doubtful. They have more incentive to sell you a new printer than support an old one (unless it’s within the year warranty period).

Question: Is there someway I could use my XYZ printer even though it does not support AirPrint?

There are several utilities available that will enable AirPrint on thousands of different printer models. The main downside to using these utilities is the fact that a computer will need to remain on at all times since it’s pretty much like printer “sharing”. If your computer is not on, you will not be able to AirPrint.

Question: Which routers support AirPrint?

Since the AirPrint protocol is like any other computer protocol (web, email, etc) any router will work with AirPrint printers.

Question: Will upcoming Epson printers be supported?

Epson has issued a statement that they do not have any plans this year to include their printers in the available AirPrint printer lineup.

*How We Calculate Cost Per Page
To calculate the cost of printing, we take the manufacture’s listed retail price and divide that number into the page yield. HP bases all their yield results on 5% coverage which we think is a little low since many printers are used for photos and graphics, not just text. Color prices are calculated by taking the total cost of all three colors (Yellow, Magenta, and Cyan) and dividing that total into the yield of one cartridge. We do this because if you’re printing color, it’s most likely a photo or graphic that is using an estimated 15% of the paper area. For those laser printers that include a drum, that cost is added to the base cost of black or color printing. All costs are estimated, so if you print more or less than the 5% for black or 15% for color, please adjust your expectations accordingly.

 



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