Unlike the 2000s where printers were something that were displayed only on the office desks used for official purposes only, today, there’s a vast diversity in the same printers, from desktop to pocket-sized, monochrome to coloured, wireless to portable. One can simply not deny the fact that no matter how prodigious softwares are, they are bound to feel the need to record data in hard copies because let’s admit it, something that is tactile and procurable whenever required is a lot more gratifying. Whether you are a business traveler or a wildlife photographer, a scenery collector or a salesperson, an architect or just someone who needs to print data very often and feels the need of printers at queer occasions, fret not because printers of this era are as smart as your phones now. You can share, edit, connect with as many phones at a time and at any place; making your life and printing synonymous to a cool breeze on a summer night. These printers allow you to print images of approx 2×3 inches. Their compatibility with smartphones and Bluetooth, as well as USB and WiFi connections make them user-friendly, being as light as a feather yet heavy in quality.
The best portable printer as of yet that just cannot disappoint you is none other than the HP Sprocket Photo Printer. As the name itself indicates, this tiny device is extremely pocket-friendly with the dimensions of 3 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches and weighing only 6.1 ounce.
The Sprocket uses Zink Zero Ink Technology to print stunning 2×3 inch pictures with vivid colors and perfect sharpness. The printer prints images on the spot mainly from social media. Connect your social media accounts to the free-to-download HP Sprocket App and instantly turn those photos into colorful prints. The app also enables one to customize their photos, add stickers, filters, borders, emojis and what not, to make your photos phenomenal.
The printer also has the feature of Bluetooth connectivity. So now if you’re at a social event or gathering, everyone can get their favorite photographs printed out right there, right then. The battery will last till 35 prints per charge. The package includes 10 sheets of HP ZINK 2×3-inch photo paper with peel-and-stick backing for instant photos or stickers.
The printer comes in 5 delightful colors: black, white, maroon, blue and violet. Something to note is that the printouts are going to be border-less, so if you’re expecting it to print out polaroid-like photographs, you’ll be disappointed. Otherwise, this is the best portable printer in the market.
On neck to neck is the Kodak Mini printer. This little beast is just as capable as the HP Sprocket. The Kodak Mini prints 2.1 X 3.4-inch photos directly from the Android or iOS devices, without the hassle of connecting cables or figuring out what button to press and what not to.
One touch of the screen launches the Kodak app and commences printing in a matter of seconds. The App also permits you to access tonnes of editing options including cropping, collage, special ID print, and more.
Fade-proof dye transfer technology ensures each photo will last for at least 10 years with its humidity and fingerprint-resistant properties. The device weighs only 8.2 ounces, light enough to be tossed right into your backpack or purse without increasing the load on your shoulders.
The printer has the ability to print in both; color and black and white. The mini printer comes in 3 exciting colors, black, white and gold to suit your taste. Albeit there are some minor issues that occur occasionally with the cartridge. Apart from that, the printer works flawlessly. You will not regret this purchase of yours.
Fujifilm has earned its name in the industry of digital cameras and printers. This little devil has made printing super fun and easy. Select your best shots from your smartphone and get Instax prints by just transferring the shots from the app to SP-2 via Wi-Fi connection. The INSTAX prints high-resolution images with the pixels of 800 x 600 dots and of 320 dpi.
The new laser exposure system achieves a faster printing time of 10 seconds from print data transfer to print output. At the same time, printing noise is lower which makes your printing experience much more enjoyable. The body is equipped with high luminance LED indicating the film and battery status.
INSTAX allows you to play around with a couple of templates to make your images look more appealing, including collage, square template, Real Time template, SNS template, Seasonal template etc..
One also has the provision of applying filters like black & white filter, sepia filter or the Fujifilm intelligence filter, or a customizable filter to enhance the brilliance or contrast of the images to make them look even more remarkable. Unlike the other mini printers, this printer is blessed with a ‘Reprint’ button externally.
So if a couple of friends want a copy of a picture in your gallery, you don’t have to go through the whole process of selecting the image and directing the printer to print it. The colors of the prints are a lot richer as compared to the previous models.
You will also have the options of gold and silver color to pick from when buying the device. The only downside of the printer is that the pictures are a tad bit brighter than the original work, hence one will have to be careful with the exposure of the pictures.
On fourth is none other than the Polaroid Zip itself. This concise device can fit into the pockets of your jeans or a handbag easily. Printing 2×3 inch photographs with high definition and royally rich colors, the Polaroid will certainly not disappoint you.
Just connect a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi and watch your portraits, selfies, and social media photos transform from digital images to physical pictures in an instant.
With the free Polaroid App that is available for both, iOS and Android, you can now unleash your creativity by simply unlocking all the customizable and adjustable editing features the Polaroid has to offer. From stickers to filters to borders, photo editing has become ten times more interesting and fun!
It has a rechargeable 500 mAh lithium polymer battery that can faithfully serve you for 1.5 hours, print up to 25 photos per charge. The user does not require ink, toners, film, cartridges or anything of the sort. The printer comes in four gorgeous colors: black, white, red and blue.
The package will include 1 Polaroid ZIP Mobile Photo Printer and of course, a micro USB cable and Polaroid ZINK Photo Paper (10-Pack). You can simply NOT go wrong with this mini printer, trust us on this.
It contains a rechargeable 500 mAh lithium battery that can last up to 25 prints per charge. T The box, in addition to the printer, comes with a micro USB cable and Polaroid ZINK photo paper (10-Pack).
Last but not the least definitely: Hp Sprocket Portable Photo Printer 2nd edition. The first query that comes to mind is probably, why another HP Sprocket? The answer is simple: it is just as relevant and compatible, with the bonus of having a myriad of features that were absent in the previous model.
The “sprocket printer” with its ZINK Zero Ink technology allows you to instantly print borderless 2×3 inch sticky backed, smudge/water resistant photos and stickers from your phone. It comes along with a companion app compatible with any phone which allows you to edit your media by adding filters, frames stickers, text emoji’s, AR videos and 3D animation and print it via Bluetooth.
Further, Bluetooth 5.0 technology makes Sprocket’s battery smart, as it now has the ability to operate in sleep mode as well. Its multiparous capabilities make it socially active, that is, it can connect to 3 phones at a time allowing others to view and print shared photos.
HP introduces the “augmented reality” feature in sprocket via which you may manipulate your printer using your smartphone and app to view a virtual photo queue of all your work. Also, if you happen to be someone who likes personalization, you can get a customized LED light color which will light up when you print giving your sprocket a personal identity.
Moreover, this printer comes in 3 magnificent colors, the blush pink, luna pearl (white) and noir (black) with a one year warranty and 10 sheets of 2×3 inches peel-and-stick backed ZINK photo paper to get you started. The printer comes in three decent colors: blush, luna pearl, and noir.
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