As Chromebooks have become more common and widely used, most printers are fully compatible with Chrome OS, giving you many options to choose from. So, which are the best? To help you, we've put together a list of the best printers, from premium, feature-rich all-in-ones designed for office use to cheap home models for the occasional print jobs. These printers work with Chromebooks out of the box without needing to install any drivers or third-party apps.
We've tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best printers for Chromebook you can buy. You can also see our recommendations for the best home printers, the best inkjet printers, and the best all-in-one printers.
The best printer for Chromebook we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. It's a very well-built laser all-in-one designed for small or home office use. It has a large LCD screen with a user-friendly settings menu, a feature-rich scanner with an automatic feeder and single-pass duplex scanning, and plenty of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet. It prints very high-quality black and color documents, though, like most laser printers, it isn't the best for printing photos as printed pictures look grainy and lacking in detail. Its toner cartridges yield a large number of prints, leading to fewer replacements and a lower cost-per-print, and there are XL cartridges available that'll last longer. The cartridges also contain the drum, making maintenance more convenient since you won't need to change the drum separately. It's a little slow to warm up and get a page out, but once it starts, it prints very quickly at 29 black or color pages per minute.
If you need to print photos or posters, we recommend the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550, an all-in-one inkjet model. It prints incredibly detailed and colorful photos and supports paper sizes up to 13" x 19". It's also a supertank model, meaning it has ink tanks that you can refill as you go instead of traditional cartridges. A full tank yields thousands of pages, so you won't need to worry about high maintenance costs. It has some drawbacks, though, as it lacks an automatic feeder to scan long, multi-page documents, it doesn't print as quickly, and is more expensive.
If you only print black and white documents, a monochrome laser model might be a better choice as it'll allow you to save some cash. We recommend the Brother MFC-L2750DW, a laser all-in-one printer. It has a high-resolution scanner that produces fantastic scans and has an automatic feeder with single-pass duplex scanning. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, and it's compatible with Brother's mobile companion app, available through Google's Play Store.
As for its print quality, it produces exceptionally sharp documents. It doesn't take long to warm up and get a single page out, and it prints subsequent pages very quickly, up to 36 per minute. Its toner cartridge yields around 2000 prints, which means it doesn't require much maintenance, and replacement toner is cheap, so your cost per print will remain low over time. You have to replace the drum separately, which is an additional expense, but it usually lasts for around 12,000 prints, so you likely won't need to do it often.
If you need something modest for general home use, get the Brother MFC-J4335DW, an all-in-one inkjet model. It's more compact than the laser models we recommend above, so it takes up less space, and you still get plenty of features, like an ADF-equipped scanner and plenty of connectivity options. It's fully compatible with Chrome OS and works straight out of the box without needing to install any drivers or third-party apps.
It uses four ink cartridges—the usual cyan, magenta, yellow, and black—and yields around 2000 black and 800 color prints. It means you won't need to replace the ink cartridges often unless you print a lot, and even then, the cartridges are relatively cheap, so your maintenance cost won't rise too quickly. It produces outstanding black and color documents, and it's pretty fast, pushing out 17 black or 15 color pages per minute. As for photos, it prints very fine details, but it struggles to reproduce bright, saturated colors, as well as very light and dark shades.
Our best budget pick is the Brother MFC-J1205W. It's a good inkjet all-in-one option if you don't print all that often and only need basic features. It has a sturdy build, Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, and a flatbed scanner with extendable lid hinges. It prints high-quality black and color documents, although you'll have to be patient, as it only prints nine black or six color pages per minute. It's not bad for photo printing; it prints very detailed pictures but has trouble reproducing bright, saturated colors and darker tones.
The ink cartridges yield a lot of prints—around 1100 black and 700 color—and they're cheap, so your maintenance cost is exceptionally low. Of course, as it's a budget model, it's missing features like an automatic document feeder and Ethernet connectivity. Still, it's a good option if you want something affordable and don't mind a few tradeoffs.
Last but not least, the cheap printers. Our pick is the Canon PIXMA MG3620, a basic inkjet all-in-one model. It isn't super sturdy, lacks a display, and only has a flatbed scanner with no ADF, but it produces sharp documents and good-looking photos. The main drawback is that it only has a black and tri-color cartridge, and they only yield about 200 black and color prints. The cost-per-print is still low because the cartridges are cheap; it just needs a lot of maintenance. Since it only has one color cartridge, you need to replace it even if one color runs out. It's a good option if you only need to print one-off projects once in a blue moon; otherwise, you're better off with a model with better page yields, like the Brother MFC-J1205W above.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best printers for Chromebook you can buy. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our printer reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no printer is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.