Tiny Photos, From a Tiny Printer That Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

Tiny Photos, From a Tiny Printer That Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

Published: February 11, 2009

Images taken with a camera phone usually don’t get printed. And that may be because, while not overly complicated, getting a picture from phone to printer requires about 1 percent more mental energy than almost anyone has the time or patience to expend.

To the computer maker Dell, however, that constitutes an untapped market. This week, Dell introduced the Wasabi PZ310 ultraportable printer, which is to sell for $149, but is priced at $99 for a limited time.

Sized to fit in your hand and weighing seven ounces, the Wasabi uses Bluetooth to wirelessly transport the snapshots. The Wasabi uses multicolored ink crystals embedded in the paper and activated by heat from the device.

The printer can create a 2-by-3-inch picture in about a minute. Prints have an adhesive back, so they can be used as stickers — which may make you think the Wasabi is great for youngsters. And it may be, but ink-crystal-embedded paper runs around 40 to 50 cents a sheet, so you may want to first impress upon your children the concept of “culling.” SAM GROBART

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