Want to be able to give your clients printed quotes, invoices, receipts or instruction sheets when you're out and about? This portable Brother printer is one option.
What happens if you need to print from your phone or iPad while you're out and about?
Brother has just announced its PJ-673, a compact and relatively lightweight portable A4 printer designed particularly - though not exclusively - for use with the iPhone and iPad.
It could be handy for mobile business people who want to be able to give their clients printed quotes, invoices, receipts, instruction sheets and other documents. The claimed average speed is 9.4 seconds per page - that's not especially impressive, but you're unlikely to print more than one or two pages at a time so it will be fast enough for most uses.
The PJ-673 connects directly to the iPhone or iPad via Wi-Fi. Apple's AirPrint technology makes this job easy. There's a USB interface as well for use with notebook computers.
The main downside we can see is that it is a thermal printer, which means carrying around a supply of the special paper required. According to a company statement the paper will be available in A4 sheets, continuous rolls and perforated rolls.
The $749 price tag does not include a battery or AC adaptor. The Ni-Mh battery is said to be good for around 70 sheets per charge, while the Li-ion one can deliver around 300 sheets.
A growing number of printer vendors are catering for the need to print from mobile devices in the office (such as phones).
In the last few months we've posted reviews of various printers that include this capability, including printers from Canon and HP, and reported the release of Oki's MC562dnw.