Mobile printers

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 06:52
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We are about to head off into the sunset. However, my trusty accountant always likes to keep track of our expenses. (This is great!) We have all the software to do this, but would like to print statements etc.
Is there a small portable printer available in Aus. that seasoned travellers use??
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Reply By: Doc - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 08:43

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 08:43
If you want to print statements to send to the accountant, why not install a free "print to pdf" program. This allows you to create a PDF document rather than a paper copy, which can then be emailed to anyone or saved. Programs such as Pdfcreator or CutePDF are readily available on the net.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:49

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:49
"my trusty accountant" I read this in the same vein as SWAMBO or the MoWaF.
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Reply By: Member - Heather L - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 09:51

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 09:51
Just get the cheapest, lightest, smallest one - chuck under the bed & connect when needed. I keep in a light dust proof bag.
Works for me to print pre-bought event tickets and friends mud maps when they don't add GPS address to somewhere interesting.
Cheers Heather
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:27

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:27
This was asked recently - simple search on printer finds ......

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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 13:41

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 13:41
Do you need colour? Colour heads and inkjets are a pain if you are travelling and using them rarely. They dry out etc. If B&W will do it for you, just get the cheapest laser printer you can find. These are quite small and less fragile when travelling. Prices on these go up and down depending on specials but they are usually very cheap.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 13:53

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 13:53
This link is a bit dated but you should be able to find something similar. The cartridges last a long time and generally it is as cheap to buy a whole new on as it is to get a cartridge

http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/Printers-and-Faxes/Laser-Printers/Mono-Laser-Printers
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Reply By: Member - cusheze1 - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 15:45

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 15:45
Nomadic Navara - I had to look up a internet slang page for SWAMBO. Yes, it is my darling wife of 39 years.
I looked up mini portable printers also, but they seem rare in Aus. plus expensive cartridges.
I think I'll take the advice of many replies saying, just get a cheapy (either black or colour) Thanks for all the input people.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 07:11

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 07:11
I bought a $69 cheapie from Dick Smith 3 years ago and have had no problems. We live in our van and are on the road full time.
HINT: Buy spare ink cartridges and keep them in the fridg.Stay safe & stay well
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Follow Up By: Member - cusheze1 - Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 06:31

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 06:31
Peter
This sounds like the go to me. I like the 'KISS' principle!!
Thanks for your input.
Cheers - Bushboy
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Reply By: Rebecca H - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 07:14

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 07:14
I have just looked I to this and decided not to take one. A travel printer will cost you anywhere from $399 upwards. Yes they are available in Aus. The one I saw was a canon so most printer shops would be able to order one at least.
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Reply By: Rebecca H - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 07:15

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 07:15
And out of interest. What software do you use to keep track of expenses?
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:39

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:39
I'll second that as we are heading off toward the end of June, ie: GCR and Plenty highway I'll need to keep track of our expenses. thank you in advance for any info you may wish to share
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Follow Up By: Member - cusheze1 - Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 06:52

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 06:52
People
Sorry about he delayed response, but had an unfavourable trip to the dentist yesterday. Much better today!

Rebecca H: The software I mentioned was called 'Nomads Notes Travel Diary Software". Found it advertised on Exploroz 12 months ago. (Heaps of comments on Threads - just do a thread search).
The software is still smarter than me, but it has plenty of potential!!

Brodie H3:Have fun doing the 'Plenty Hwy'. Did it in May 2012 with NO SPARE TYRE!! Another story.
Cheers - Bushboy
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Reply By: Member - J&R - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:06

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:06
I thought heading off into the sunset was about leaving all this sort of crap behind?

X2 for the software pdf option. A great option and requires no cost.

The other option requires the printer, spare ink, paper, storage area, raises security issues for yr printed financial info etc.....

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Follow Up By: Member - cusheze1 - Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 06:58

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 06:58
J & R
Can't head off into sunset yet as I can't find it!! Too much bloody rain!! Haven't seen the sun for yonks!!
Cheers- Bushboy
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Reply By: Member - kym111 - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 22:19

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 22:19
I've been looking at an Epson XP 400 for when we start travelling in a few months. Mainly for the kids to do their schoolwork etc, and to scan anything for the accountant - he's getting electronic copies from me this year!! The best bit is it's only $99 at Harvey Norman! I also like the separate ink cartridges, for ease of replacement.
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