If you’ve already harumphed at this portable photo printer because you download all your photos to your PC, crop the best ones, upload them to a photo-printing site, order them in bulk for 9p a pop, wait for several days and receive them through the post, you might be missing the point.
This Sagem, see, is all about instant gratification. Like a modern photo booth, it’ll connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi and – if you buy an optional dongle – Bluetooth, so you can print snaps from a phone, Wi-Fi camera or a computer at the touch of a few buttons. Sixty seconds later and voila, one 6 x 4in print.
Stuff had a brief play with the printer last week, and the results are impressive, certainly on a par with the portable Fuji and Canon printers we’ve reviewed previously. The big draw is that you get 150 prints per cartridge, which cost £30 each, meaning you pay just under 20p per photo. Like other dye sublimation machines, it layers the prints with a protective coating.
There’s also optional red eye removal – something we didn’t see tested – PictBridge printing, plus Mac and Windows compatibility. The only bummer appears to be the lack of battery power; it’s a mains-only affair, which rather hamstrings its portable aspirations.
There’s also a 10+ Wi-Fi version which comes bundled with a Wi-Fi dongle for old computers. Both editions are on sale at Amazon.