For a long time, finding a printer that suited your MacBook or iMac had been a struggle, as many printer manufacturers either simply didn’t make a printer that was compatible with Apple computers or that simply didn’t work well with your iMac or MacBook.
Nowadays, there are many printer brands available that are Mac-compatible and there are several things you can look out for when it comes to knowing whether that printer you’ve been eyeing is a good fit for your computer.
Look for stickers or logos
Most new printers should be compatible with your Mac and there should be a visual clue on the printer itself to let you know. Look out for the Apple logo or a sticker stating that the printer is compatible with your computer. This is especially helpful if you’re looking at buying a second hand model.
Make sure the printer is compatible with your version of OS X
Newer printers are more likely to be compatible with newer versions of OS X. You can usually see which versions a printer is compatible by looking on the box or on the manufacturer’s website. A full list of compatible operating systems is usually in the user manual, which can also be found online.
If you’re in doubt, Apple itself keeps a list of printer models that are compatible with its computers. You can find that list here.
Check with the manufacturer
If you can’t find the printer you’re looking for on the Apple site, you can always check the manufacturer’s site, especially if your printer is an older model. You may find that the manufacturer has released a new software update to ensure that your printer will work with your version of OS X.
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The HP OfficeJet 7610 can scan, copy, fax and print. Being a wide format printer, the paper tray can handle any paper size up to A3. It only comes with one paper tray, so you’ll have to switch out paper to print on different sizes. The paper tray can hold up to 250 pages at a time.
The HP OfficeJet 7160 takes the following HP ink cartridges:
The Canon Pixma MX 924 is a good workhorse printer. It can scan, copy, fax and print and can handle printing on a variety of media including CDs and photo paper. The paper tray can handle 250 sheets at a time and the printer has an automatic duplexing feature.
The Canon Pixma MX 924 takes the following Canon ink cartridges (available in high yield and standard yield):
The Samsung CLP-360 ND is a fairly basic printer, with no scan, copy or fax functions. It delivers crisp, clear prints and is quite small, making it ideal for smaller offices and desks. It prints fairly quickly too, with print speeds of up to 18 pages per minute (ppm) for black and white prints and 4ppm for colour prints.
The Samsung CLP-360 ND takes the following Samsung toner cartridges:
The Brother HL-4150 CDN is a good fit as a shared printer in a small to medium sized office or as a workhorse printer for a home office with heavy printing needs. It’s also fairly small and weighs in at 21kg, making it fairly easy to move. It has a standard paper tray capacity of 250 pages, but you can buy a larger paper tray.
The Brother HL-4150 CDN takes the following Brother toner cartridges: