Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dell wasabi PZ310 - Dell’s Pocket Photo Printer

When Dell gave the Wasabi PZ310 Mobile Printer its distinctive name, it clearly wanted to convey the nonetoo-subtle message that it’s hot. Personally, I wish the folks at Dell had named it the Salsa, which would give me the choice of branding it mild, medium, or hot—in which case I’d call it medium. The PZ310 is the second printer available in the U.S. to use ZINK technology (the first was the Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer). ZINK stands for zero ink, which translates to not needing a separate supply of ink. Instead, the technology embeds clear dye crystals in the photo paper, which also has a clear polymer overcoat to protect the images. A peel-off layer covers a sticky back for pasting your photos wherever. The Wasabi is limited to 2-by-3-inch photos, which is no surprise considering the printer, at 0.9 by 4.8 by 2.9 inches (HWD) and weighing only 8 ounces, can fit into a jacket pocket. In terms of speed and output quality, the Wasabi was a close match with the Polaroid model. Both take about 1 minute per photo. And as with the Polaroid’s photos, some colors on the Wasabi’s were noticeably off— flesh tones, for instance, were too yellow. This printer also works with all PictBridge cameras and some camera phones. Overall, the Wasabi is a fun and relatively cheap way to print and share your photos—or just stick them on your fridge.—M. David Stone

Source of Information : PC Magazine July 2009

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