(Pocket-lint) - There's nothing like being asked if you can print something for work at home to throw you for a loop - rooting around for the cables to connect your modern laptop with a printer your parents bought a decade ago, or like many of us simply accepting that you don't own a printer at all.
If then, you're looking to pick up a reliable, high-quality printer, one of your top priorities is going to be the ability to print wirelessly, without worrying about any cables at all. We've rounded up some of the very best wireless printers on the market, to help you choose your next machine. Both laser and inkjet models are covered.
Our pick of the best Wi-Fi printers to buy today
Canon Pixma TR8550
Canon's Pixma line of printers goes right from the most entry-level of pricing and features to much more expensive, fully-featured models. The TR8550 is a nice blend of both of those, keeping the cost down nicely while still offering great connectivity and ease of use.
Amping up the budget a bit, Brother's MFC-J1300DW (printer names don't tend to roll off the tongue) might not look like a hugely svelte modern machine, but its performance is exemplary. It has Wi-Fi and NFC to let you print from multiple devices easily, and is an inkjet model, so can print nice and quickly.
With scanning, copying and even fax capabilities also on board, it's pretty fleshed-out and is impressive for how simple it is to use once you've set it up. It's not the cheapest, but as you'll see it's also far from at the top end of the budget scale.
Epson Expression Premium XP-6105
Epson's printer is a great way of coming back down the pricing ladder a bit - you won't find much better performance than this for a double-figure price, as far as we're concerned. Its wireless printing comes via Wi-Fi connectivity, and Epson's app for mobile printing is easy to use, too.
HP LaserJet Pro M227fdw
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The machine is compact and attractive and folds up into an even smaller and less obtrusive shape when not in use. Copying and scanning round out a great feature set.
Our final printer takes us into the pricing stratosphere - we recognise that for most people it'll be way outside their budget, but if you're looking for A3 printing in the smallest body anywhere on the market, Oki's got the model for you.
With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, the C844dnw looks more like an A4 printer, given how compact it is, but is fully capable of making high-quality A3 prints, making it great for designers or artists who want to work on a slightly bigger scale. It's super fast and reliable, and might cost a bomb but will deliver undeniably superb prints.
HP DeskJet Plus 4155
If you really want to scale the price of your printing down, consider this HP's DeskJet Plus.
There's a good range of features available, aside from just printing, scanning and copying, with users able to take advantage of the HP Smart app to take action from virtually anywhere - and even pull documents in from the likes of Google Drive or Dropbox.
Naturally, it's also a candidate for HP's Instant Ink service, which automatically delivers fresh ink to your home when you're running low.