The photo paper that the Pocket Photo printer requires has to be specially purchased online and is rather costly, retailing on Amazon for around £16.50 for just 30 cards. or 55p per photo. Once you've overcome the shock of spending the better part of £20 on 30 small pieces of paper, these are easily loaded into the printer by opening its spring-loaded back door.
Though the LG mini printer might be small, it's not the nippiest printer we've ever come across. However it's not the printing that's the most time consuming, which takes under a minute per photo, but rather loading the bar-coded paper beforehand.
That's because each time you power up the Pocket Photo printer it has to read a blue-coloured paper with a bar-code on it in order to function and print your photos. This can be rather annoying when you just want to print a photo quickly, to give to a friend for example.
The Pocket Photo printer uses a printing system called ZINK, which stands for zero ink. This clever technology means that there are no ink cartridges to buy for the Pocket Photo. Instead, the paper is loaded with the colours underneath the white top layer, so when it passes through the printer heat is applied to react with the paper and pull out the colours.
Although the nifty Pocket Photo printer gadget is fun to use, the pictures it produces aren't of the highest quality. They might take less than a minute to print, but you won't find yourself oohing or ahhing over them once they're in your hand. Perhaps a snigger or a laugh at most at whatever silly image you've decided to print before you tack them to a wall or put them in the bottom of a drawer and forget about them.
The LG Pocket Photo printer is a decent mini printer that is more about casual fun than printing any serious photos.
As long as you don't take it too seriously you'll have a lot of fun with the LG Pocket Photo printer, just don't expect it to do any serious printing.
The Pocket Photo printer definitely has a fun factor to it, but once the novelty has worn off you'll probably not have a desire to fork out another £16.50 for 30 business card-sized printable photo cards that once printed have no real use. As it will set you back just shy of £130 for the printer itself, we can't imagine that it will appeal to a large audience. µ
Lightweight and compact, has the fun factor.
Not exactly pocket sized, there's no real "use" for it.
Price of the ZINK photo paper is absurdly high.