Built to work with any Smartphone or Tablet, the LG Pocket Photo print makes color prints with the size of a business card using ZINK technology. ZINK allows for a inkless print which eliminates the need of the user to acquire toners.
The LG pocket printer, that was presented last year (2013), has a price tag around 120€, depending on the country you are situated in, and LG reaches for the title of smallest and lighest available printer on the market.
Compatible with both Android and iOS the printer works using Bluetooth and NFC allowing you to print your photos in 5×7.62cm(2x3in). With this bet LG seeks to bring back the new physical support to a world that is saturated of images in digital format and has forgotten about the value of printed images.
Design and Build
With a pretty small size (72x120x24mm), the Pocket Photo printer from LG weighs only 215g. These dimensions however don’t justify the name given by LG. Even though it is small this printer won’t fit comfortably in any pocket you might have. It is nonetheless a small and light device that will take very little space in your backpack or in a lady’s purse.
It is available in both white and black and the shell seems very clean of buttons, given that the main functionalities are controlled by the mobile application that is used to sync your Android with the LG Pocket Photo. There is however a button that will allow you to open the paper compartment. It is also possible to find the power button and a microUSB slot that allows you to charge your printer when the battery is low.
The design is pretty simple with clean lines that seeks to captivate the user’s attention. The professional look is given through the aditional silver line that surrounds the printer.
In order to be able to use the LG Pocket Photo you will have to go to the Play Store and download the free application developed by LG. This application will be responsible for all the comunication and syncronization of the printer with the mobile device you have.
The application will search within your device for all the folders that might have images, showing them. After you choose a picture it is possible to change it by applying filters (like on Instagram), writing notes, applying frames, etc. It is also possible to add a simple QR code on the images that after digitized will present a message that can be included when they are printed.
After finishing the edition of the image the moment has come in which you need to press the button and order the printer to do its job. The application then sends the image to the printer and it will start to print.
In case you have an Android device with NFC all you need to do is open the image in the picture gallery and touch your device on the top of the printer. Automatically both devices will pair up and the printing will begin.
How It Works
The photo paper that the printer uses has to be bought online and is pretty expensive. If you search for it on Ebay you can find a pack of 30 sheets for about 25€, so each sheet will cost you about 0.83€.
After overcoming the shock of spending 25€ in 30 sheets of paper you will be able load the printer by opening the back door. This will probably be the longest process you will face. Loading the paper and making the printer ready to work will take more time than printing a picture.
On average the process of printing a picture will take less than a minute, however in order for you to put the paper in, in the right position. you will also have to wait for the printer to read the bar code that accompanies the paper block you just put in the Pocket Photo. By reading this code the printer guarantees good alignment for the printing but this process might become really annoying if you’re in a hurry to print just one picture to give to a friend.
This portable printer by LG uses a printing system called ZINK, meaning, zero ink. The use of this intelligent technology means that you won’t have to spend any money on cartridges for the Pocket Photo. Istead, the paper you load the printer with (justifying its cost), has the ink incorporated, making it rise and react with the paper thus producing the wanted colors.
Even though this leads to us having a pocket device, small, and even though it is simple and fun to use, the truth is that the LG Pocket Photo doesn’t reach the main goal of which it was created for. The photos don’t have enough quality for most of us, the colors are distorted most of the time (too bright) and the pictures are grainy.
The LG Pocket Photo is a small printer with decent quality but only for fun moments. If you are talking about a person that wants a printer for the printed picture quality, this device will certainly turn a moment of fun into a moment of sadness.
This is really a device for play, but the price is not that friendly so that you can have the luxury of having one of these just to have fun. Besides the prices of the paper (ZINK) is also too high.
Review by: João Mateus @ Android Emotions