Ko­dak Photo Printer Dock PD450W

A new way to print your im­ages

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - JR Boo kwal­ter

£129.99 FROM Ko­dak, ko­dak.co.uk FEA­TURES Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, max­i­mum pa­per size A6, 20x12x15cm

Por­ta­ble photo print­ers are great in the­ory, but fre­quently marred by dis­ap­point­ing im­age

qual­ity. Ko­dak’s PD450W does well to solve the is­sue, al­though dye sub­li­ma­tion print­ing still isn’t a match for inkjet mod­els.

What makes this printer unique is the top dock­ing sta­tion, which elim­i­nates the need for a Wi-Fi con­nec­tion while si­mul­ta­ne­ously charg­ing your iPhone. The built-in mi­cro-USB port is de­signed for An­droid smart­phones, but in­cludes a Light­ning adapter for iOS use; the dock is wide enough for big screen smart­phones, in­clud­ing larger iPhones.

A free com­pan­ion app is re­quired for print­ing, but the soft­ware is slow at dis­play­ing thumb­nails, and doesn’t sup­port iCloud Photo Li­brary fold­ers like Favourites or Self­ies. The unit prints 40 4x6-inch pho­tos from a sin­gle ink car­tridge and pa­per re­fill pack. Prints are de­cent and only take a minute and a half each in four passes – yel­low, ma­genta, cyan, pro­tec­tive coat­ing – but colours are some­what muted and there’s less de­tail than pho­tos you can get from bud­get inkjet print­ers.

With the Ko­dak PD450W, a 4x6-inch colour photo print is just one touch away.

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