Best printer for Mac of 2021: top printers for your Apple device

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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

  1. Canon PIXMA TS8350
  2. Epson Expression Premium XP-6105
  3. Brother DCP-J774DW
  4. Epson EcoTank ET-M1120
  5. Epson Expression Home XP-2100
  6. Canon Pixma G5050
  7. HP ENVY Photo 7164
  8. HP Tango X
  9. HP Color Laser 150nw
  10. Canon Pixma G4510

Canon PIXMA TS8350

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1. Canon PIXMA TS8350

Sophisticated Mac-friendly inkjet for creative types

Specifications

Category: colour 3-in-1 inkjet printer

Print speed: 15ppm

Paper sizes: A4

Paper capacity: 100

Weight: 6.6kg

Reasons to buy

6-ink colour fidelity   Attractive design

Reasons to avoid

Expensive     Small paper tray

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 Expression Premium XP-6105

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2. Epson Expression Premium XP-6105

A stylish small-in-one to match your Mac

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer

Print speed: 23ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 500

Weight: 12.1kg

Reasons to buy

Compact design   Great price

Reasons to avoid

Costly cartridgesNo 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 DCP-J774DW

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3. Brother DCP-J774DW

Inexpensive and effective inkjet all-in-one

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet MFD

Print speed: 12ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 100

Weight: 6.6kg

Reasons to buy

Compact and affordable    SD Card and USB ports

Reasons to avoid

Not fast No fax facility

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 

Epson EcoTank ET-M1120

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4. Epson EcoTank ET-M1120

Simple cartridge-free design hits the sweet spot

Specifications

Category: mono inkjet printer

Print speed: 15ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 150

Weight: 3.5kg

Reasons to buy

Very economical refills  Simple/pleasing design

Reasons to avoid

Slow print speedHigh initial cost   

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. 

Epson Expression Home XP-2100

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5. Epson Expression Home XP-2100

Bargain AirPrint inkjet ticks (almost) all the boxes

Specifications

Category: colour inkjet 3-in-1

Print speed: 8ppm (mono)

Paper sizes: A4

Paper capacity: 100

Weight: 4kg

Reasons to buy

Very low price AirPrint and Ethernet

Reasons to avoid

No auto-duplex     Slow to print

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.

Canon Pixma G5050

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6. Canon Pixma G5050

Cartridge-less system smashes the page costs of this AirPrint all-in-one

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer

Print speed: 13ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 250

Weight: 6.5kg

Reasons to buy

High page yield   Low ink costs

Reasons to avoid

Not very fastExpensive 

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. 

HP ENVY Photo 7164

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7. HP ENVY Photo 7164

For all your AirPrinting needs

Specifications

Category: Color inkjet printer

Print speed: Color: Up to 9 ppm; B&W: Up to 14 ppm

Paper sizes: Up to 8.5 by 14 in

Paper capacity: 125

Weight: 6.68 kg

Reasons to buy

AirPrint feature Borderless photo printing

Reasons to avoid

Tri-color ink doesn’t last long

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.

HP Tango X

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8. HP Tango X

Compact printer for small spaces

Specifications

Category: Color inkjet printer

Print speed: Color: Up to 8 ppm; B&W: Up to 11 ppm

Paper sizes: Up to 8.5 by 14 in

Paper capacity: 125

Weight: 3.08 kg

Reasons to buy

Portable AirPrint feature

Reasons to avoid

Not cheap

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. 

HP Color Laser 150nw

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9. HP Color Laser 150nw

Simple and small laser printer for the Mac user

Specifications

Category: colour laser printer

Print speed: 18ppm

Paper sizes: A4

Paper capacity: 150

Weight: 10kg

Reasons to buy

Small in price and size AirPrint and Ethernet

Reasons to avoid

No auto-duplex     No display

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

Canon Pixma G4510

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10. Canon Pixma G4510

Canon cuts ink cost with its cartridge-less solution

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer

Print speed: 10ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 100

Weight: 5.4kg

Reasons to buy

Low ink cost   Plenty of ink included 

Reasons to avoid

High price point Small display

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

January 21, 2021
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