Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Dell Wasabi, hot or not?

Dell released a highly portable ZINKtm printer today, which they have dubbed the Wasabi. This tiny printer will interface with your digital camera or Bluetooth enabled cell phone to print 2” x 3” pictures on the spot. A fast and convenient means of getting hard copies of captured moments, but is it worth it?

Printed images are borderless, and on adhesive-backed photo paper; making them ideal for decorating surfaces, or eliminating a step in creating that book of special memories. In addition, since there is no ink, the image will not run if the photo gets wet.

The best feature about this printer is the complete portability of it. At a mere 8 oz. including the battery, you could carry the thing around all day and not really notice.

As far as battery life and paper capacity go, they are pretty much in line with each other. The unit can hold 12 sheets of paper at a time, while the battery is good for around 15 prints per charge.

Presently, the unit comes in pink, black, and blue; you would think with a name like Wasabi that green would be an option. Selling for a promotional price of $99 at Dell.com, it will be returning to the regular price of $149 in the near future. Add to this the price of the special ZINKtm paper (click here to see what is so special about it) and this product may not really pull its weight in the end.

2 comments:

Michele said...

For our 'pass-IT-on' program, we found ourselves in need of a mobile printing solution. We found the small portable printer, the Dell Wasabi, which enables us to create QR codes on the spot for local retailers, restaurants, pubs etc. There are no software or drivers, making the Wasabi about as easy as they come to use. Graphics used to produce barcodes and labels is excellent. The barcode is crisp and clear and there is no smearing. The paper is adhesive backed so you can peel and stick it on a window or display panel at the point of sale. We have been pleased with it's performance. Michele www.TrackPl.us

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