This is a portable 4x6 photo printer that uses dye sublimation rather than ink jet (like most home computer photo printer) technology. The prints look and feel like the photos that you'd get at your local drug store or grocery store. Each takes just under a minute to produce.
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The device comes with PC software but a computer is not required.
It gets the prints by a cord from your Pict-bridge camera, a printer cable from your PC, or by directly inserting some type of memory device (flash drive, SD card, MMC, xd-card, Memory stick PRO and others). It directly supports JPEG, TIFF, and BMP formats.
You can do mild editing via the 3.5 " LCD screen (resizing, moving up/down/right/left, color, sharpness, brightness, etc). It prints in 3 sizes - index print of the memory device, 4x6 with or without a white border, or 2 passport-sized photos on 4x6 stock. It prints 300 dpi resolution and in 256 colors and then puts a clear coat on the print.
The paper and ink cartridges are sold together. The most economical package is 120 sheets packed with the required 3 ink cartridges. The ink does last for 40 prints if they have the typical distribution of colors - I haven't had a problem. However, if you were printing a long series of prints that were heavily covered with red areas, for example, you might run out of ink before paper. You can only buy them together. At street prices, 4x6s are about 25 cents each -- the price of convenience instead of going to a retail outlet with your memory card or uploading to a website...
The machine is interesting to watch. Though it is small and has a little carrying handle, it still requires an AC outlet. Power it up and attach some source of pictures. Select the picture on the screen (make any editing choices) and press print. You'll watch the 4x6 print make several passes through - each adding a color - then a final pass for the clear protective coat. The paper is slightly larger than 4x6 and has microperforations on the border to tear off the handling tabs.
The Amazon price is about $150 but I bought mine for $90 as a new "close out" off eBay. Paper/ink is about $30/120 prints on Amazon and others. The combination of ink and paper can be looked at as a convenience or as an issue if you run out of one before the other. I haven't really had a problem and I always seemed to run out of one color in my inkjet printer (the one I didn't have a spare for...). The quality of the prints are better than my Canon inkjet that cost a whole lot more.
This is a specialized 4x6 printer -- if that meets your needs, it does a great job of producing high quality prints from anywhere there is a 110v/240v supply. It is easy to use and, so far, it has been trouble-free.
Amount Paid (US$): 90
Operating System: Windows