So, you’ve been steadily snapping tons of pics….and staring at those empty fancy picture frames you got as gifts…..and the thought of dredging up your “My Pictures” folder to select which ones you want the pharmacy or Target down the road to print up is making your right eye twitch.
Well, if this scenario sounds familiar or maybe you just want a photo printer, read on!
Here, we will look at a few different low-cost options together to get you started and see if it’s worth it to buy a printer or just keep sending them out.
BENEFITS: I think that a good thing about a printer at home is that you can print on the spot, if necessary. I always like to make my own cards for birthdays, etc or if you have out-of-town guests stop by and want to send some photos home with them, a home printer would come in handy. Another benefit is that you can print out just what you need at the moment. So say, you’re making a scrapbook…You can just print what you want for a couple layouts and then go back. I know that I have a ton of photos that I had printed up at a photo store that are now unwanted because I either had too many copies made or just selected photos that I thought I would want printed, then changed my mind.
CONS: Cost of printer, cost of ink. Physical space.
Ok, here we go. First contender up is the Epson PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer. It is PictBridge capable and offers borderless photos. Compact: yes, but keep in mind this is more tall than it is wide so may only work for some desk spaces. Portable with a handle design. Print photos b/w, color, sepia and in different sizes. Weighs 7.9 lbs. 5.7 x 6.7 x 9.1. Specs: 5760 x 1440 dpi. This model goes for $149.99US at Best Buy and $124.99US at Amazon.com.
Next contender is the Canon Selphy 780 Compact Photo Printer. It comes in blue or pink and is more wide than it is tall. This model is noted to be portable. It has a preview 2.5 inch color screen and the option and ability to modify photos with the “Portrait Image Optimize” mode. Able to print directly with memory cards into built-in slots. Specs: 300 x 300 dpi in color. Weighs 2.1 lbs. 6.9 x 5.5 x 3 inches. This baby goes for $99.99US at Best Buy and $50.00US on Amazon.com.
Last but not least is the HP Photosmart A646 Compact Photo Printer. This black, stylish printing machine is Bluetooth enabled and takes HP Original 110 ink cartridges. Specs: 3.4 lbs. 4.6 x 9.9 x 5.3. This goes for $69.99US on Amazon.com currently.
So, is one of these tiny machines right for you?
My own mouth: I think that for the price of about one these things, you really can’t go wrong. If you just need some prints once in a while, the ink refills shouldn’t be too much. But, what do you think?
Do you own a compact photo printer? Please comment below and tell us which one and what it’s like. Thanks!
If you are thinking about visiting your local Best Buy, here are some locations for Los Angeles:
Glendale CA (Store 183)
2909 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
West Hollywood CA (Store 393)
1015 N LA Brea Ave
W Hollywood, CA 90038
Montebello CA (Store 1537)
2415 Via Campo
Montebello, CA 90640-1805
Culver City CA (Store 179)
10799 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
If you have any questions about compact photo printers, please email me.
Tech to you soon! HK