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Need to print from a Chromebook? These are the best options.


Contrary to what you might hear, you can print from a Chromebook, but it isn’t quite as easy as it might be with other computers. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you can’t ever print from your Chromebook. The following printers are among the best Google Cloud printers. Even though the Google Cloud Print feature is no longer supported, you can still connect these printers with a Chromebook for printing from the device without a complex setup.

Simple and cost-effective

Epson EcoTank ET-2720 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer


Staff Pick

Not only can you print wirelessly, but the refillable ink reservoirs last up to two years so that you can print without having to worry about running to the store for ink right when you’re on a deadline.

$296 at Amazon $200 at Best Buy $200 at Target

Best for the office

Canon Office Products MAXIFY IB4120 Wireless Color Photo Printer


Designed specifically for the office with its 500-paper capacity, the Canon Office IB4120 printer works with multiple devices and is great at home, too.

$149 at Amazon $150 at Staples $149 at B&H Photo

Black and white benefits

Brother HLL2395DW Compact Monochrome Laser Printer – Gray


The Brother HLL2395DW will allow you to print no matter where you are, and with the printer’s 36 pages per minute speed, you’ll have prints in a jiffy.

$200 at Amazon
$200 at Best Buy

Great for photos

Canon Pixma MG 3620 Series Wireless Printer


This printer is not only wireless, but it can print, scan, and make copies of documents and photos at up to 4,800 x 1,200 resolution and print borderless photos up to 8.5 inches wide.

$90 a Best Buy

Works with multiple devices

HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 – Wireless Color Printer


The HP OfficeJet is a capable printer for your Chromebook connecting to your phone or camera via its USB port.

$160 at Amazon $170 at Best Buy $160 at Staples

Environmentally friendly

HP Envy Pro 6455 Wireless AIO Printer


A bestseller and works with Alexa approved, this wireless all-in-one printer can also make scans and copies on plain or glossy paper, and it’s made from 20% recycled plastics, something you can feel good about.

$150 at Best Buy $150 at Walmart $150 at Newegg

What you need to print from a Chromebook

Having a Chromebook can be amazing, but it can also be stressful when some things aren’t made with your device in mind. Fortunately, these printers are compatible, not to mention speedy, secure, and use quality ink/toner. If we had to pick a favorite, we’d go for the Epson EcoTank ET-2720. Since they first came out, I have been using an Epson EcoTank printer, and it’s so convenient not to change ink cartridges so often. Plus, the wireless connectivity and ability to do copies and scans as well as a bonus. While it costs more upfront than the others, it will pay off eventually when you only have to buy ink refills every few years versus every month or so.

The HP Envy Pro 6455 printer is also a great deal. It allows you to print from tons of different cloud services, including Google and more, and you can even automatically re-order ink using an HP Instant Ink subscription, so you never run out.

Note that while Google Cloud Print was discontinued in December 2020, you can still print from a Chromebook wirelessly or using a USB connection where available.

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