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What Kind of Printer Can I Add to a Toshiba Laptop?

Updated July 19, 2017

A printer's compatibility with any given computer depends very little on what type of computer you have. What matters is what operating system you have installed on your computer. Since the operating system facilitates a computer's communication with an attached printer, the printer must be compatible with the operating system. Printer compatibility is usually listed on the printer's packaging materials and in the instruction guide or owner's manual.

All-in-One Printers

All-in-One printers allow you to accomplish three tasks with one machine: print, copy, and scan. Three examples of these are:

Epson Workforce 610, which is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows XPx64, Windows 2000 and Mac OSX 10.3.9, 10.4.11, 10.5.x and 10.6.x

HP Deskjet F4480, which is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OSX 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6

Canon PIXMA MP560, which is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP/2000 and Mac OSX 10.3.8 to 10.5.x

Basic Printers

These printers are simple and relatively inexpensive. Some examples are:

Canon PIXMA iP2702, which is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP/2000, and Mac OSX 10.4.11 to 10.6.x

HP Deskjet D1660, which is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OSX 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6

Laser Printers

Laser printers are good for high-volume printing. Some examples are:

Brother HL-2170W, which is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux

HP LaserJet Pro P1102w, which is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Mac OSX 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 and Linux

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Daniel Quarnberg started writing professionally in 2010. His articles have appeared in various online publications. Quarnberg's work on the effects of higher education on worldviews was so well received that he presented his findings at the 2010 Utah State University Languages, Philosophy and Speech Communication Department's undergraduate research symposium. Quarnberg received a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from Utah State University.