I am having a hard time with this one, perhaps one of you has had the same requirements and found a stellar solution.
For years I had an HP all in one with a CISS system. I print exclusively documents and have zero interest in printing photos. Recently my cat managed to completely destroyed the printhead by sitting in the paper output area, (lesson learned). So now I am back in the market.
Thats it. However in my hunt I've found mostly printers touting their photo printing qualities, and have limited to no CISS available online. I could of course go buy an older all-in-one, but then I sacrifice airprint.
asked Jan 10 '13 at 15:55
Instead of buying a printer that supports AirPlay, which will limit your search considerably, consider buying a printer from a brand you trust that has everything you need with it then using some software like AirPlay Activator, to use it as if it was an AirPlay printer.
Not very many printers are AirPlay compatible out of the box, and those that are, are generally less useful/have fewer useful features (at least in my experience).
Here is an article I found that should guide you through the process (you'll need to have a computer act as a middle-man but this can be done completely wirelessly). The article spells out all the instructions and fine details but essentially the software just acts as if it is the AirPlay printer and then when it receives the print instructions from your device it will pass them along to your actual printer.
I've used it in the past and its always worked well for me.
It should also be noted that this method does not require a jailbreak of any kind and will run without modifications to your iPad/iPod/iPhone.
I ended up going with this one: http://www.brother-usa.com/MFC/ModelDetail/4/MFCJ280W/Overview#.USBUMFrwL4Y
and found it to be an excellent experience. The price is low with a focus on documents, (its not a consumer color printer pretending to be a pro photo printer), completely wireless, has excellent CISS support and AirPrint built right in.
I highly recommend to anyone. I've been an HP user for years, but brother has made me a believer.
answered Feb 16 '13 at 22:57
You can find a list of AirPrint compatible printers here. I have the HP OfficeJet 8500A Plus and it is AirPrint compatible. I love AirPrint because it works with almost every app and its integrated throughout iOS. It works very well. Have never had an issue with it.
answered Feb 16 '13 at 23:07