The Good The Polaroid Zip Printer is an inexpensive handheld wireless photo printer that converts your smartphone photos into full-color, 2×3-inch prints. Easy to set up and use, it requires no consumables other than Polaroid zinc paper.
The Bad The prints are small and cost about 25 cents each ($ 0.15, AU $ 1). Print quality is all that counts, but don’t expect print quality for inkjet printers and inks. The built-in rechargeable battery only works for 25 prints.
The Bottom Line Simple and fun to use, the Polaroid Zip is a great little accessory to get photos out of your smartphone.
The Polaroid Zip is a small box slightly larger than a game card deck, less than 2.5 cm thick and weighing 186 grams (6.6 ounces). And this is a photo printer.
Similar to the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 , a zip mobile printer for sale $129.99 (about £ 110 or $ 170), connects to your iOS or iPhone Android devices using Bluetooth and, using a free app, converts photos from your phone or tablet into small, 2 x 3-inch prints.
Ammunition, the the firm that designed the Polaroid cube The camera also worked on Zip and it shows. Like the Cube, Zip is an attractive, simple device that looks more like a portable hard drive than a printer. The glossy plastic case quickly picks up scratches and fingerprints, so you’ll want to find a microfiber bag for the best look since none are included.
The only power button and the only port is Micro-USB for charging. The battery is built-in and lasts about 25 prints, which means a lengthy event, like a wedding, you may need to plug it in to keep prints. It slides on top – a little too easy, I might add, opening a compartment that has 10 sheets of paper.
The printer uses Zink Zero Ink technology that uses special zinc paper embedded with crystals of blue, yellow and magenta. The crystals start colorless, but as they print, the crystals heat up, changing them to their respective colors.
Unlike an instant movie using Fujifilm Instax, Zip development is not expected, and prints are cheaper; a pack of 100 sheets of zinc paper costs about $ 25 (£ 15, AU $ 65). Paper is the only consumable material, so you don’t have to worry about ink cartridges and prints come out dry and blurry because there’s no ink here.
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Again, your phone or tablet connects to Zip via Bluetooth. Using your iOS device, you can simply go to settings, press Bluetooth and select a printer. If you have an Android NFC device, you can just tap your device at the top of Zip and it will connect and launch the Zip app.
With the app, you can take photos directly from the gallery of your device or launch the camera to take a new shot. There are several basic editing options, including filters, frames, stamps, and stickers, and you can add text or draw on photos.
Once you have selected the images and are ready to print, you can click the print icon in the application or click on the Android device again at the top for automatic printing. It takes 50 seconds to press one to actually receive one, give it a few seconds.
In addition to regular prints, you can create basic photo cards and make mini collages. You can also make private changes to the image that are detected only by scanning the QR code printed on the original image. For example, if you want to print a voice message, you select an image using Zip and record the message. The photo will then be printed with a QR code that will allow you to play back the audio you have added with the program.
Tiny stickers based on the sticker are not of the best quality. They are more novelty than anything else, and cannot (and are not intended for them) compete with a traditional inkjet or inkjet printer. If quality is of the utmost importance to you, you probably will want it Canon Selphy or a similar printer.
However, in general, Zip is great for what it is: a pocket photo printer for use with your smartphone or tablet. This can easily fall into the category of gadgets that you use several times and then slide into the drawer, especially if you do not have a piece of paper handy. But if you often want to decorate a house or office or things with pictures from your phone, you should invest the money.
Simple and fun to use, the Polaroid Zip is a great little accessory for taking photos off your smartphone. This is not a device that everyone will use, but if you can already imagine how to smudge your belongings with small prints from your friends and family and pets, go ahead and pick it up and stock up with paper.