If you have an iMac or a MacBook, the best printer for Mac gives you the ability to present all your documents, artwork or photos properly. There are more printers available today and choosing a reliable Mac compatible printing device will allow you to escape the headaches that paper jams or printer errors can cause.
Below is our recommendation for the best Mac printers available, so whether you are looking for a fast laser printer for school or office use, or a high quality color photo printer that accurately translates your Adobe Photoshop or Illustator images to paper, you should consider these options.
We’ve included the price of each of the products as guide, but urge you to focus also on the cost per page of each of the devices, as these will be running expenses.
These are our top 10 picks. Click on the image or printer name to view the item.
- Under Speed and Ink Cost, B&W refers to speed and cost of printing black and white pages; Color indicates the speed and ink cost per page of a page with color.
- Speed is shown in pages printer per minute.
- Ink cost is quoted in cents per page printed out.
1. Epson Expression Home XP-410
The Epson Expression Home XP-410 is a new model replacing the best selling XP-400. In the XP-410, Epson doesn’t make too many modifications from the XP-400. Though improved text and color image output quality are noticeable along with some minor changes in appearance.
It is designed for home use, the XP-410 is a all in one multifuntion printer (MFP), with scanner and copier built into the printing applicance. It continues carry the same space saving design as the previous version and weighs less than 10 lbs.
Connecting can be done to the network router or directly to the PC or Mac through wireless setup using the software in the included CD or drivers downloaded from Epson’s website.
Scan quality is also improved over the XP-400, and can be done through the flip open control panel and 2.5” LCD for menu selection. Users get to select between 600 dpi or 1200 dpi resolution, with each document taking a bit over a minute to a minute and a half to do.
2. Brother HL-2270DW Laser
One of only two laser options in our list of best printer for Mac, the HL-2270DW is among the best selling products due to its low price tag and reliability. Priced under $100, it can prints up to 27 pages per minute, has 32 MB of on board memory and a 250 sheet paper tray that allow it to function in a multi-user environment where print jobs are sent simulatenously from different computers.
PCs, laptops and Macs can be connected using one of three interfaces, USB, physical network LAN cable or Wi-Fi. The HL-2270DW also has energy saving features and can be set to toner save mode to extend the life of the ink.
While the product comes with a starter ink toner, refill options include the cheaper 1,200 output capacity toner and a larger 2,600 version. The latter is more expensive upon purchase, but it cuts per page ink usage to less than 2 cents, whereas the smaller toner averages above 2 cents a page printed.
3. Epson Workforce WF-2540
In terms of all in one (AIO) offerings, the WF-2540 is among the best printers under $100. Taking some features from the XP-400 home printer, and others from the built for office WF-3540, this is a low cost option for home office and small business owners who don’t require high volume printing.
Scanning, copying and faxing on the WF-2540 is made easier with the automatic document feeder (ADF), while the USB port allows it to be used as a standalone device. Workgroups with Windows and Mac desktops and laptops will able to work together as compatibility for both operating systems are available.
Apart from having wireless, Ethernet and USB connection choices, the Workforce WF-2540 offers smartphone and tablet recognition as it is AirPrint enabled, and offers Google Cloud Print capability. This printer also comes with a pre-assigned email address allowing for remote printing.
The Workforce WF-2540 uses the same DuraBrite Instant Dry Ink cartridge set as the XP-400 which allows the wet ink to dry quickly as the printout is made, preventing smudging or discoloration when touched.
4. Epson Workforce WF-3540
For those in search of an efficient do it all machine, the Workforce WF-3540 offers a combination of speed, superior output quality and low ink cost per page ratio. Built to handle heavy office workload, the WF-3540 has a maximum monthly duty cycle of 12,000 pages, making it a good choice for busy work places.
Our pick for the best all in one printer for Mac users, the WF-3540 comes with a 30 sheet automatic document feeder, the ability to print double sided pages, dual paper input trays that hold 250 sheets each and wireless network connectivity.
At close to $150, it costs more than many of Epson’s budget models. It also has a much bulkier exterior weighing in at 24 pounds with dimensions of 17” by 16” by 12”.
Among the inkjet printers, it ranks among the best with ink cost per page below 3 cents and 7 cents for black and color respectively.
5. HP OfficeJet 3830
With a 2.2″ mono touch screen LCD, the HP OfficeJet 3830 becomes easier to operate. It has easy to use icons and indicators for quick access to settings. It has complete features, Print, Copy, Scan and Fax as well. Also it supports mobile printing too.
As its name implies, this HP product’s main strength is for office use and photo printing purpose, with color images and graphics coming out sharp and well saturated.
HP also includes a number of office features like Auto-Document Feeder to speed up the scanning, faxing and copying process. With print speeds of 8.5 pages for black and white and 6 color pages a minute, it ranks among the top tier in speed among inkjet printers.
Software is provided both for Windows and Mac OS X and setup for both computers and mobile devices are simple and straightforward. Most of the networking however, will have to be done via Wi-Fi and USB as the device does not come with a Ethernet port.
6. Canon Pixma MX922
This MX922 printer has become one of the best selling products today. As the feature product of Canon’s MX line of all in one office printers, the Canon Pixma MX922 is a fully featured device with a rated speed of 15 ppm of black and 10 ppm for color prints making it among the fastest on our list.
This places it slightly behind the speedy WF-3540. When printing the small 4 x 6 inch photographs, are done within less than half a minute. Various connectivity options can be found in this printer, ranging from Wireless LAN, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Wireless and Mobile Printing and USB 2.0, you can also plug its its cable to your computer and you can enjoy very fast connection of data transfers.
Other features included in this printer are Auto Document Feeder with a capacity of 35 sheet and Auto Duplex where you can print n both sides of the paper.
One of the best printers for Mac, this AIO offers 9600 x 2400 dpi (dots per inch) output resolution making it a good photo printing device. It uses 5 ink cartridges along with Canon’s ChromaLife100+ technology to achieve vivid colors that allow photos to last over 100 years without degrading.
7. Brother HL5470DW
The Brother HL5470DW is our selection for the best laser printer for Mac that is AirPrint compatible. Well constructed, it is designed to handle high capacity workloads in short periods of time. Its 40 page per minute speed is excellent and monochrome outputs are crisp.
Best used as a network printer, users can connect to it using a USB cable, 802.11 b/g/n wireless router or a CAT-5 LAN cable. Software installation for Mac devices is available with instructions that are easily followed.
Printing can be done in the lower 600 dpi quality for internal office use or the higher 1,200 dpi for official documents. These options along with the toner saving feature help reduce overall ink expenditure.
The HL5470DW also offers scalability, as its packaged 128 MB memory can be increased to 384 MB, while the the 250 sheet tray upped to handle 750 sheets in case expansion is needed.
8. HP ENVY 5640
The ENVY 5640 offers good paper handling capability with little to no paper jams. The long front control panel is well laid out with buttons clearly labeled for ease of use. Photo quality is suprisingly excellent allowing it to be used for printing marketing materials.
With a size of 16.1 inches by 17.9 inches by 6.3 inches, this is not a small machine and of course will require sufficient desk space. The device is not only made for office use but also perfect for personal home use, it is powered by 525 MHz of processor and can prints up to 12 pages per minute.
This printer also comes equipped with HP Auto-Off Technology and 6.75 cm touchscreen color display and support a variety of connectivity including Wireless, AirPrint and USB.
9. Canon Pixma MG5420
Canon’s entry in the budget consumer printer arena is the Pixma MG5420. Similar in features with Epson’s Expression line, it is smaller than most all in one printers. This wireless printer offers a touch screen display and 9600 x 2400 dpi print resolution for maximum color quality.
The MG5420 is a MFP with special features that cater to photography enthusiasts and those that need to print graphics.
It has built in Photo fix ability and Fun Filter Effects that allow users to edit and optimize images after they are scanned or before there are printed out. In addition to CD and DVD label printing, it also has a Full HD Movie Print software supplied by Canon that enabled Canon camera owners to select frames of their captured HD videos for printing.
10. Epson Expression Home XP-600
Built for the home user that wants high quality photo prints, the XP-600 sits in the middle of Epson’s Expression Home product line.
It uses a different ink cartridge refill set making it more cost efficient compared to the low cost XP-400. At 4.6 cents for black & white pages and less than 12 cents for color printouts, it sits at par with most of the top inkjet printers for Mac.
The XP-600 comes with improved printing quality over the XP-400 but with a similar small in one body measuring 15 x 13 x 5 inches. As a 3 in 1 MFP, scanning and copying is available. And for quick data transfer, an SD / MS Duo memory card slot is available so is a USB port allowing for PC free printing of files and photos.