Polaroid PoGo ZINK Printer

Earlier this year, I reported on the Poloroid ZINK Zero-Ink Printer. In theory, it was brilliant. With its release (slated for early July) coming up, more details about the device have begun to circulate around the blogosphere.

Now if you still don’t know what the ZINK printer is, let’s quickly review. Imagine a portable printer, no larger than your standard Kafka novel–and has no need for ink. Rather the color is contained within the paper–think Polaroid instants, but with far more sophisticated technology. You can send your camera phone pictures to it via Bluetooth or connect via USB cable. Now that you’re caught up, we can discuss the new and horribly disappointing details.

The printing process is slow. Each 2×3-inch sticker-backed print will take sixty to seventy-five seconds. And after the process is done, you’re left with a image of questionable quality. On a two-hour charge, the rechargeable battery will only develop fifteen prints before giving out. Lastly, the device isn’t cheap, the unit itself costs $150. Bear in mind that you’ll also need to pay $10 for every 30-pack of refill paper.

In my opinion, I don’t think it’s worth the buy. Wait until the next model comes out.

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3 Responses

  1. Jessie…

    Nice Site. Keep up the good work….

  2. Personally I think this technology is a waste of time and money. I upload all of my digital prints to Wall Green on-line, and the quality is excellent. This is a costly new fad that will not last long.

  3. First: Print process is really fast. The Pogo downsizes the foto, crops it to fit in the 2×3 format and prints it, and all that in only 60 sec in a device not bigger than an iPhone. This is fast.

    Second: Print quality is outstanding. Remember there is no ink and you can carry the printer around in your shirt pocket. Now colors are a bit washed out and contrast in darker areas is low, but who cares if you can have a print in 60 seconds? With this device you are the lion king on every party.

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