Portable/ Pocket Printers

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  1. leninmac

    leninmac PhilMUG Addict Member

    Nov 30, 2010
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    Creating this thread for suggestions as I’m planning to buy a pocket printer. Feel free to comment. I’ve done some research and I’ve classified these printers into 3.

    Zink ( zero ink) Pocket Printers:
    HP Sprocket
    LG Pocket Printer
    Canon Ivy
    Huawei CV80
    Pros: very portable, easy to use, it’s a photo sticker Cons: Poor image quality, very small credit card-size photo

    Dye Sublimation Printers:
    Canon Selphy
    HP Sprocket Studio
    Epson Workforce
    Pros: Prints regular size photos, Excellent Image quality. Photo paper bundled with the ink cassette is cheaper than Zink paper Cons: Not exactly portable. Requires a power adaptor.

    Polaroid / Instax printers :
    Instax SP3
    Instax SP2
    Instax Mini Liplay

    Pros: Instax films are cheaper than zink paper, Huge ecosystem of accessories from photo albums, different frames, stickers, clips, etc. Cons: poor image quality, Comes in only 2 photo sizes - The Instax Mini and The Instax Square.
  2. ice

    ice PhilMUG Addict Member

    Dec 13, 2007
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    why do you want a pocket printer?

    Years ago, (during her primary school or early HS days) I bought my daughter an instax printer.

    She wanted the camera but I can't seem to figure out how to use it properly, photos are never centered. So after some negotiations, she agreed to get the printer instead.

    She can center, edit and choose photos she want's to print.

    Only drawback, we can't use it if we need photos for visa and other applications.

    I also find the instax film reasonably priced (if you buy in hundreds)
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  3. lsalapare

    lsalapare Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2010
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    Not a pocket printer but this is definitely a portable printer.

    I'm currently using a Canon iP110 portable printer. This printer was not on my list but it is the locally available printer so I didn't think twice and purchased it right away. It's got an optional battery pack that can print up to 200 pages before recharging. It can print documents and quality photos at the same time.

    I bought it for around 17k at Canon Camera store in Sm Aura.

    Now, I don't have to go back home every time I need to print. It stays in the car or have it with me depends on my meeting.

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  4. fcdiesta

    fcdiesta PhilMUG Addict Member

    Jan 27, 2008
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    I actually have a Printoss printer by TakaraTomy (yes, the toy company).


    It's a barebones pocketable (if you have big pockets, that is) printer. It's so barebones, it doesn't need a battery, bluetooth or wifi to print your smartphone photos. It also uses Instax cartridges.

    You actually open the unit up, put your smartphone (with brightness turned to at least 80%) on a pedestal then you press a button to take a photo of the screen. Then you crank a rolling knob by hand and out comes the print. Of course, you have to wait a few minutes for the actual photo to fully "develop". It's serviceable for the odd school projects when you can't be bothered to go to the photo studio or print from a dedicated printer.
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