The 7 Best Handheld Printers
This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Whether you want to organize a warehouse, factory, office or home; one of these handheld printers can help. They are designed to produce numbers, letters, and images on a variety of surfaces that cannot be placed inside a standard printer, such as boxes, pipes, T-shirts, or even cups, and, depending on the model, they can be used on absorbent and non-absorbent materials. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
January 18, 2021:
The first thing we noticed when doing our research is this is somewhat convoluted category and the name handheld printer can apply to many different types of products. For the purposes of our review, we have decided to focus solely on devices that you hold in your hand and are used to print directly onto surfaces. So, if you have come here searching for instant printers, which are portable devices used for printing pictures, or label makers, please check our dedicated lists for those items.
Those looking for incredibly portable devices that can produce full color images should turn to the Kongten MBrush or Colop e-Mark. We like the former slightly better, as it is smaller, lighter, and more affordable, yet offers nearly the same functionality. Both are great for home use. For more industrial and commercial needs, we recommend the Bentsai BT-HH6105B2, Toauto SG-HP-003, and Besheng PT2000SE if you don't need to print font more than about half an inch in height. Of these, the Bentsai BT-HH6105B2 is our favorite simply because it has the largest touchscreen and built-in flash storage, however if you don't need these two features, you can opt for the Toauto SG-HP-003 and get most of the same functionality for a lesser price. For large font and image jobs, you can turn to the Bentsai B80.
February 27, 2019:
I found this topic a lot of fun to write about simply because of the range of design versatility between each and every option. When it comes to handheld printers, there's something for everyone, regardless of whether the goal is to print photos on the go, produce receipts on demand, or create labels to help identify pantry items, lab equipment, and toy boxes. Most of these choices also pair well with a range of mobile devices. For example, the Star Micronics SM-T300I easily interfaces with the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad, while its fast print speed makes it ideal for use in high-traffic retail environments. I also included the Brady BMP21-Plus for its impact-resistant rubber bumpers and large library of built-in symbols for labeling equipment used at industrial job sites. The Polaroid Mint may be one of the few dedicated photo printers of its size, yet its heat-activated color crystal technology allows it to deliver high-quality photographs using thermal paper stock. Also added the PuQu Q20 due to its 6-month standby capacity. The Dymo LabelManager retains a memory for up to 9 previous print jobs, while also having the capability to print 10 copies of a single label at the same time. Also added the ZKTeco Mini for its powerful lithium-ion battery and ability to support Bluetooth, USB, and RS-232 serial connections. Finally, included the Brother PTH110 for its one-touch function keys for accessing fonts, styles, and frames and ability to accept laminated tape.