A handsized Bluetooth photo printer.
It’s small (12 x 7.2 x 2.4cm) and light (it weighs 215g). Plus, it uses heat to trigger colour-forming molecules in the photo paper to form the picture, so there’s no ink cartridge. Just load the paper into the device (10 pieces at a time) and photos emerge from a slot at one end.
It runs on a rechargeable battery that took 90 minutes to get to full power, which then let me print 20 photos at a go. I could also plug it into a power socket or my computer’s USB port.
First, download the easy-to-use LG Pocket Photo app (free, from iTunes or Google Play) into your smartphone or tablet. The
app lets you make simple edits like crop, and add a filter (choose from 15), frame, or even a QR code. Then, pair your device with the printer and you are ready to print!
But I couldn’t select several photos at one time, print multiple copies at a go, or print straight from my computer or compact camera.
SETTING IT UP
There were initial kinks to figure out – for example, the green light means it’s on standby mode, and white means it’s ready to print. I also had to tinker with it when photos didn’t emerge (solution: Remove the cover to adjust the paper).
Printing a snapshot takes about 50 seconds. But I only had to wait 15 seconds after my first, to select the next photo to print.
Photos are grainier and less vibrant than on your phone screen – but filters from the Pocket Photo app can enhance their colours or contrast, add an effect or turn them into black-and-white images. I liked the Tuner and Sunset filters, which really added punch to the photos. Shots taken on Instagram also turned out nicer than those taken with my phone camera.
“Although it costs as much as a regular photo printer, this innovative gadget is just so handy on the go.”
– Tsiao Hui
LG Pocket Photo PD233/P, $199, and LG Pocket Photo Paper, $15 for a pack of 30, from major electrical stores