Top positive review
Needs to buy optional accessories to do all capabilities, but out-of-box a good buy.
January 13, 2018
Does what it says, and is good at it. Perfect addition for those wanting to print pictures at home.
Reasons I bought this over something like the Sprocket. First, Sprocket is a good, and for us almost, alternative. However after some sole searching the main decision points were (a) I/we dont need to print pictures "out of purse/pocket" or on the fly, (b) We want ability to print standard picture size(s).
Only printed a few pictures (ie: the free pages that come with the box), but print quality is better than average, and a far site better than my old Multi-Function printer. Now, mind you, we are also trying to determine if the current quality is reflective of the iPhone and/or our skill set as photographers. I believe a combination of both.
The print itself is done in a 4 pass process, laying down each color (red, cyan, yellow and ...white?). So looks a little funny as it passes through (auto feeder) the machine 4 times. However, take note that you need clearance both in back and front for almost the size of the print itself as it passes through. It spits almost all the way out the back, then feed back through to front as it lays down red, reverses out the back again and feeds through to lay down cyan and so forth for the other two colors. Point is , you cant just put it in the corner of your desk up against a wall.
Reason for 4 stars...
1) Advertises that is can print various sizes, which was final selling point for us. But the 'small print' is, you need to buy additional cartridges in order to do so. Not hugely expensive to do so (avg initial cost ~$30 per alternative picture size). Out of box, you are able to print 4x6, which to me still makes this a good competitor for similar price point products (eg; Sprocket)
2) Operational space requirements. As noted, you cant just put it in the corner against a wall. Need clearance on both back and front for the picture feed.
3) Not a deal breaker, but seems an feels a little old-school and 90's like. A little on the big and clunk size. Larger'ish transformer for the power supply (battery option sold separately). Think laptop power cord. And overall plastic flee design/structure. In today's day, one would think a few lessons can be learned that even with a high power supply need, a large transformer box is not necessary, and companies can start to take lessons from Apples adaptive, less obtrusive, universal and global approach. IN short, a little modernization would have been nice. But again, it is not like we are carrying this around on us, need it to look "fashionable".
Overall. Good buy and will server you well .