Three Things to Look for in a Mini Photo Printer

Ink, ink baby.

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Gather all your favorite memories at your fingertips.Julia M. Cameron

People have been printing since 3500 BC, when ancient people in modern-day Iran and Iraq used cylinder seals engraved with characters to roll an impression onto wet clay. Of course, modern printers showed up way later—1968 for the dot matrix printer and 1969 for the laser printer. Today, some printers are small enough to fit into a backpack or even a pocket. Those mini photo printers make it possible to print out photos on-the-go, but they’re also handy for things like contracts, invoices and reports.

Zink Polaroid Mint Pocket Printer W/ Zink Zero Ink Technology & Built-In Bluetooth for Android & iOS Devices - White
This handheld option weighs less than 6 ounces and uses all-in-one cartridges so you never have to think about toner.Zink

The first consideration when it comes to handheld printers is portability. That means looking at both size and weight, with some of the smallest options clocking in at just 4.5 inches by 3 inches and under 6 ounces. That’s lighter than a hamster, you guys.

Victure 3x3” Portable Photo Printer, Bluetooth Connection, Rechargeable, Including 10 Pieces of Photo Paper, Android/iOS/Tablet Devices Compatible, no Ink, Wireless,4 Pass Technology
Takes about two minutes to develop your flicks.Victure

Nothing is worse than struggling to make a printer actually print (“PC load letter,” anybody?), so look for a mini printer that allows multiple app-enabled printing options. This means you can connect the printer to your phone or tablet then print directly from a USB connection or wirelessly from the memory card.

Kodak Dock & Wi-Fi Portable 4x6” Instant Photo Printer, Premium Quality Full Color Prints - Compatible w/iOS & Android Devices
This option uses thermal transfer technology to produce pictures that won’t bleed or fade.Kodak

Don’t let their small size fool you. Some handheld printers use a process called dye sublimation thermal transfer to produce high quality photos that won’t bleed or fade. This leverages a 256-degree dye scale to produce 16.7 million colors. Whoa.

Also Consider:

Canon Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer with AirPrint and Mopria Device Printing, Black (2234C001)
Simply open the app and toggle between WiFi-enabled or USB-connected options.Canon
Canon IVY Mobile Mini Photo Printer through Bluetooth(R), Rose Gold
The backing lets you paste your favorite photos on walls or laptops.Canon
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