Network printing is one of the few mysteries that remain around iOS devices. The default setup for iOS printing isn’t the easiest setup in the world. Lantronix is taking on the mysteries around mobile device printing with the XPrintServer Office ($199.95), a new wireless printer targeting mobile first and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) workforces.
While I’m focusing on iPad printing in this review, xPrintServer Office Edition also supports Android 2.3.3, Fire OS, and Chrome OS. Lantronix sent me a review unit to test, and I want to share my experience with setting it up to print from an iPad Air. The Lantronix xPrintServer Office measures 4.50 x 2.34 x .91 inches (L x W x H) in size. xPrintServer and the power supply weight 0.6 pounds (0.27 kg) making it small and lightweight enough for you to place anywhere around your printer.
The Lantronix xPrintServer is Apple Airprint Compatible which is nice because it enables you to print directly to a printer via Wi-Fi. There’s no need to download a proprietary client app to your iOS device. Because the product is also Google Cloud Print Ready, a technology that web-enables printers, you can also print from an Android Device, Chromebook, PC or other web-connected device to your printer. The product documentation lists the input as 5 VDC with a maximum of 0.5 Amps with a power consumption of < 1 watt.