Can This New Portable Bluetooth Thermal Printer Really Make Your Selfies Last Forever?
Summary: A new invention straight from Korea is taking the world by storm. It allows people to easily print pictures directly from their phone without the need for big ink cartridges, paper jams or over-priced camera store printing services. Top that off with a tiny portable size, ease of use and amazing price tag. And it’s really no wonder people are calling this the gadget of the year, with some even predicting it’s on its way to be the next fidget spinner. Do you like those old polaroid cameras that print you the picture as soon as you take it? Do you want to instantly make physical copies of your photos before your phone inevitably dies again, along with all your memories? Do you want to wow your friends and family with the coolest new gadget to come out of Korea? Well then we have a treat for you today. 2020 is finally ending and really there’s a very big market for good news after such a trying year. We were stuck in doors, we got bored, lonely and now we really, really need a vacation. But, what happens when we go on that vacation, and our phone falls into the water. There go all our vacation photos. Or maybe we made some new good friends and can’t really think of anything to give them to remember us by. Well those clever Koreans, as usual, have thought of all this already, and created a solution.
Gadget of the Year?
This cute little box is called the PrintX Pro. Korean social media is going wild about the device and it’s already been given an unofficial fan name, “Prixpo” and its unofficial fanbase name, “Prixpos”. The Koreans really have outdone themselves, creating a new portable and affordable gadget for capturing your memories and sharing them with others, in the long since forgotten non-social-distancing way. It is remarkably portable, making it quite easy to see why it can already be found everywhere from schools and playgrounds to remote tourist landmarks and holiday dinner tables. Really, this is the exact type of gadget that we absolutely love and we could not wait to get our hands on one of these.
Is It Worth All the Hype?
With trendy gadgets, there really are two types. The first type receive a lot of viral hype, but are otherwise just a passing fad, providing a little bit of amusement and the satisfaction of having the cool thing everyone is talking about, think for example if say, the fidget spinner. The second type receive hype, but still continue to provide value even after the public attention passes to something else. We were very pleased to find that the PrintX Pro is in the latter category. Our favorite gadget category. Now to the device itself. We were quite astonished in how detailed of a print such a small device managed. A printing resolution of 203 dpi in a device that fits in your hand is nothing short of a marvel of technology. It’s amazingly light and it’s so simple to use we got it printing within just a few minutes. There’s just something charming about black and white pictures. No wonder people put it as a filter in social media. Every picture we printed looked like a tiny crystalized moment in time. We did eventually have to put it down and actually right out the full feature list. Which we then took a picture of and printed just because we could:
- Black and white thermal printing that’s pretty much near instant. Just click and see your photos immediately take physical form.
- Bluetooth 4.0 and Micro USB connectivity
- Paper width: 57mm (2.24″) width, each roll is 30mm (1.18″) in diameter so you won’t be running out very soon (unless you really, really like it and go at it all day, which is not impossible, it’s very fun).
- High Quality Printing resolution 203 dpi – again, a marvel of miniaturization of technology
- 1000mAh battery – which frankly is more than enough but we’re not complaining.
- Lightweight and Portable – really it’s incredibly light, just plop it in your pocket and pull it out when printing time has come.
Now we know that attaching fan names like Prixpo to products is cringy in the west, but bear with us because after trying it we do understand where all the affection comes from. It really is an adorable device that provides that extra something that turns a hype gadget into a gadget that you’ll still be using a few years down the line. It provides memories. Not the abstract kind, actual physical memories.
PrintX Pro just gave us way too much fun. We had to give something back. We wholeheartedly recommend this one. It’s just the type of wholesomeness we needed after this really long year.
But Don’t Just Take Our Word for It, These People Loved the PrintX Pro:
“At first I was a bit skeptical when a friend got me this for the holiday. I thought it’ll be like the thermal paper they use for receipts and that the photos would look weird in black and white, but they actually look really cute. I started a memory board in my room where I pin one of these printed photos from anywhere I go. Starting with a picture of me and my friend. Best gift of the year thank you.”
“I got this for my kids and they haven’t stopped playing with it since, my fridge is now covered in pictures of everything from me baking to our dog posing. So highly recommended if you have room on your fridge. Maybe I should buy them an album for all their photography work.”
“I’ve been having so much fun with this. I’d take a picture of a friend sleeping in class and stick it to the blackboard. The professor liked the joke. I then posted them on every blackboard on campus. My friend was less amused but it was a very fun day haha. I love taking a selfie with someone and then printing them out a copy like one of those old cameras my grandpa used.”