Polaroid Hi-Print: A tiny printer for your photos only for $99 is an interesting deal for those who love taking photos.This miniature dye-sublimation printer creates sticker prints shipped from your phone or tablet in less than a minute
Small photo printers that connect wirelessly to your phone often use instant film, which provides good quality prints but costs a lot, or Zink paper, which does not use ink and is cheaper, but the print quality is quite mediocre. The new $ 99 Polaroid Hi-Print stands out for using the dye-sublimation process for fast, fade-proof prints. It is also very compact for this type of printer.
Polaroid Hi-Print uses a self-contained cartridge with a color ribbon and photo paper. It sends an image from your phone via Bluetooth to the printer and it essentially does a heat transfer from the image to the paper so that it is dry and waterproof when it comes out. A mobile app lets you edit the photo or add text, filters, frames, and more before printing.
Like most other mobile photo printers, Hi-Print produces credit card sized prints at 54mm by 86mm (2.1 inches by 3.4 inches). They have stickers on the back so you can stick them on just about anything. Prints take less than 1 minute to process, and Hi-Print’s battery life is good for up to 20 prints, Polaroid said.
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The price is still somewhat high, $17 for two 10-print cartridges, which works out to $1.17 per print. But, if the image quality is as good as that of the more expensive instant film prints, this might be the best option for price and performance.
Polaroid Hi-Print is available now direct from Polaroid and Best Buy, Target, Amazon and it will be on UrbanOutfitters.com starting September 10.