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Printer for Chromebook: best choice + installation

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Wesley Akkerman

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A printer for Chromebook: even if you work a lot in the cloud, you sometimes need a printout. In this article we explain how you print and which one Chromebook printer you need exactly, but also how to install and set it up.

Chrome OS of course works slightly differently than, for example, Windows or macOS. Nevertheless, it is still possible to connect and install a printer, so that you can print something for school or work when requested. Very handy. Even though there are many people who think that you cannot print, but that is one of the Chromebook myths.

Best choice Chromebook printer

Before you get started installing the printer, you must of course first have a suitable device. Later in the article, I'll go into a little more detail on this one for the best Chromebook printer, but here's my favorite.

If you want to print from a Chromebook, this HP printer is a good choice. Especially if you don't have too many demands on the printer in terms of printing speed, this is an interesting, but above all affordable option. You can also print wirelessly with it and it works well with a Chrome OS device.

Best choice
HP DeskJet 2720e Chromebook printer
Print wirelessly over Wi-Fi
Works perfectly with Chromebook

Printer for Chromebook: connect and print

There are two ways to print from one Chromebook: wired and wireless. Both are good options. Personally, I always go for wireless printing, which works very well in my experience, but the option of wired printing is of course also present.

If you have a printer for Chromebook If you want to use a cable that has a cable, proceed as follows. It may be that the installation fails; that is because your printer may be too old or simply does not support it Chromebook-operating system.

Printer for Chromebook (with cable)
Does your printer have a cable? Then you proceed as follows.
Put both the Chromebook when the printer is on.
Plug the printer in and pre-pair the printer Chromebook to the laptop via the USB cable that comes with your printer.
Select and open the file you want to print.
Now press the key combination Ctrl + P or press the Print button in the menu.
A new window will now appear.
Press the down arrow and select the Destination option.
Choose the printer for Chromebook which you want to use.
Is your printer not in this list? Then press the Manage button so that you can add your printer.
Follow the steps on the screen to (re)install the printer.
Fortunately, these steps are self-explanatory.

You may have a printer that has access to network capabilities. In this case, you can send files to the printer without a USB cable, which will then print them for you. If you have such a printer, follow the steps below.

This makes it possible to print via your home network and, in theory, you can do this from any room in the house or office. This way you are more flexible in your printing options.

Printer for Chromebook (wireless)
Using a wireless printer on a Chromebook you do as follows.
Turn on both devices
Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network in your home. This allows both devices to “see” and communicate with each other.
Make sure the printer is set up
Depending on the printer model, go through the setup to connect it to the Wi-Fi network where the Chromebook is also connected.
Open the file you want to print.
You can now press the key combination Ctrl + P to start the printing process. Otherwise, press the Print option in the menu.
Now a new window opens.
Press the down arrow and select the Destination option.
Select the printer you want to use.
Is your printer not listed? Then first press the button manage, so that you can add your printer (again).

Printer for Chromebook: problems and solutions

You may encounter problems while printing. Don't worry, because in most cases they disappear like snow in the sun with a few simple solutions. The first tip is always: update you Chromebook and printer (or check if updates are available).

Then try to start the printing process again. If that does not work, check whether the connection is correct. Is the USB cable plugged in properly? Make the printer and the Chromebook Are you connected to the (same) Wi-Fi network? If not, fix this first.

If you are adding a printer for the very first time or want to add a printer again, you can also arrange this via Settings > Advanced > Printing > Printers. Under the heading Available printers you can check whether your printer is now recognized by the Chromebook.

Is that the case, but does it still not want to print? Then remove that printer from the list and install it again. There are also some general tips. Put the Chromebook and printer off and on once or reconnect to the Wi-Fi network in the house.

Printer for Chromebook: The best options in a row

At the beginning of the article I have my favorite Chromebookprinter shared, but of course there are many more options. Below is an overview of three suitable printers for Chrome OS, in various price ranges.

If you don't want to spend too much, my advice would be #1, which is relatively affordable as a printer.


HP DeskJet 2720e

HP DeskJet 2720e Chromebook printer
View the current price for the HP DeskJet 2720e
Cheap printer for Chromebook

Can it also be a pound less? Of course, that's why we also offer a budget model. This all-in-one printer scans, prints and copies, all for a bargain price. You print via the WiFi connection, so you don't have to worry about cables that don't cooperate.

This is a printer for those who want to make prints quickly, cheaply and effectively, without it costing too much. HP supplies ink for six months, but that of course depends on how you use it. Maybe it will last you longer, maybe less — but it's nice to know you can get started right away.

  • Works well with Chromebook
  • Affordable printer
  • Includes scanner
  • Small format
  • Cannot print double sided

Canon PIXMA TS3451

Best Buy
Printer for Chromebook
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Best budget choice Chromebook printer

Could it all be a bit simpler in design? Then the Canon Pixma TS3451 is the best buy at the moment. This is also an all-in-one model, so you can print, scan, and copy. The printer is nice and compact, so it doesn't take up too much space on a desk or cabinet. Unfortunately, this Canon does not print double-sided, so you probably use more paper than you would like or need. But for those who quickly print a single one every now and then, this cannot go wrong.

  • Works well with Chromebook
  • Affordable printer
  • Color and black/white
  • Small format
  • Cannot print double sided

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

VERY economical
Epson Chromebook printer
View the current price for the Epson EcoTank ET-2720
For anyone who doesn't want to pay too much for ink.

There are of course many types of printers, but the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 stands head and shoulders above the rest. This is an all-in-one model, which allows you to print, copy and scan. In addition, it is useful that you operate the device via the small LCD screen on the printer, so you do not need complicated software for a large number of functions.

Moreover, this is a sustainable choice: an EcoTank printer has a large ink reservoir that you fill with the included ink bottles instead of cartridges. Unfortunately, Epson does not include a cable for printing, but it does have WiFi.

  • Save money on ink costs
  • Refill yourself with the supplied ink bottles
  • Color and black/white
  • Ink does not dry out
  • No USB cable included

More accessories and peripherals

Even though have Chromebooks a slightly different approach than you are used to, there is still a lot of standard peripherals that can be used. This includes, for example, a mouse, screen of cover.

Are you looking for other accessories, let us know in the comments. Over the past few years I have bought many accessories and peripherals for it Chromebooks used.

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