Kodak Mini 2 Retro Portable Photo Printer
The Kodak Mini 2 HD is a smartphone-sized, bulkier camera. It prints colour and grayscale images with surprising accuracy for a tiny printer. While it has a strong tonal range, it struggles with the darkest blacks and whitest whites. The app is easy to use and offers a photo queue that other machines lack. Overall, we liked this cheap printer.
Kodak Mini 2 Retro Specification
|Color or Monochrome||Color|
|Number of Ink Colors||4|
|Maximum Standard Paper Size||2.1 by 3.4 inches|
|Cost Per Page (Monochrome)||30 cents|
|Cost Per Page (Color)||30 cents|
|Printer Input Capacity||90|
The finest little photo printer for printing small images is the Kodak Little 2 HD Wireless Portable Mobile Instant Photo Printer. The successor to the (very similar) Kodak Photo Printer Mini, the Kodak Mini 2 HD Wireless Portable Mobile Instant Photo Printer, bucks the retro-revival trend, focusing on functionality rather than nostalgia and adding pointless features that detract from the device. It may be the best printer for photo printing on a small budget, but it has some drawbacks that make it a niche product.
- Highly compact
- Fast printing
- Bright colours
- Connectivity is easy.
- One-piece ink/paper cartridge
- A workable mobile app
- Only eight photo pages
- Bluetooth stops quickly.
Design: Nothing is easier
The Kodak Mini 2 Instant Photo Printer is compact but packed with functionality. The Kodak Photo Printer Mini 2 prints images from a front-edge slot and is smaller than its predecessor. It supports iOS and Android smartphones for all users. Additionally, it supports NFC.
Minutes to set up
The Kodak Mini 2 Instant Photo Printer setup was much easier than expected. Connecting Bluetooth devices, especially with apps, can be difficult. Not so for this product. After connecting through Bluetooth, I launched the app and printed one photo. Printing multiple photographs lets users print multiple photos back-to-back and speeds up the selecting and printing process. Be aware that the printer shuts off after two minutes of inactivity if you’re having problems choosing a photo. If that happens, you must exit the programme, reconnect to Bluetooth, and start over with selection and editing.
Wireless: almost cable-free
This device simply needs the charging cord, which is convenient. The Kodak software lets users add effects, card templates, ID photo printing, cropping, and more to the tiny printer. That programme is straightforward to use; however, trimming photos can be tough. After selecting a photo, the software crops it, although users can crop or reposition it according to the measurements. Since it sticks, the ‘Crop’ tool makes repositioning the photo impossible.
Like a laptop with an Intel Atom and spinning rust or a 10 Mbps internet connection, the Kodak Mini 2’s speed is ideal if you want to turn it on, make coffee, eat breakfast, and settle in before the print finishes. Its sole purpose is to print little images, but it takes just under a minute and a half to do so. Kodak and Polaroid are trying to get consumers to use their new minutes per page statistic instead of pages per minute. This is comparable to the absolute worst portable printers like the Epson WorkForce iP110 (which prints photos at similar speeds but runs several orders of magnitude faster in other cases) but much slower than even a budget printer like the HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer, which prints images in 40 seconds and documents in much less.
Kodak Mini 2 prints poorly. It’s better than Polaroid goods, but prints lack detail and have colour issues that over or undersaturate colours. It’s cheaper than the Canon Pixma iP100 but considerably inferior. When compared to other printers, you get what you pay for, but it’s subpar compared to pocket-sized photo printers. It doesn’t take the best images, but it’s better than its competitors for its price.
Like print quality, efficiency is measured by comparison. While cheaper than Polaroid’s “ZINK” technology in the Zink Polaroid Wireless 3×4 portable printer, the printer’s cost of $1 per page is disappointing compared to other pocketable photo printers. That is awful compared to the Lexmark MC2535ADWE, which costs 11.7 cents per colour page.
To suggest the Kodak Mini 2 lacks sophisticated capabilities is like saying La Croix lacks flavour or LG lacks software update rates. That’s a huge understatement that doesn’t explain what’s lacking. It includes Wi-Fi (and Wi-Fi Direct), Bluetooth, and NFC, plus an app to connect to it, but that’s it. The app is the only interface, and it solely prints images. No computer can connect to it, and its real operation depends on the problematic app.
The Kodak Mini 2 is a decent deal at $89, but its inefficiency and lack of versatility make it unsuitable for most tasks. As a portable printer with decent print quality, it’s fine in a hoover. However, it only prints little phone photos and has a high page cost. Amazon Alexa works with the HP ENVY 6222 wireless for voice-controlled device control.
Conclusion of the Kodak Mini 2 HD Wireless Mobile Instant Photo Printer
The Kodak Mini 2 is average except for its niche. This printer can only print images and cannot connect to computers, making it unsuitable for businesses and most residential users. Its photo quality is average compared to more expensive printers; therefore, it thrives on being an inexpensive pocket printer. Maintenance costs are lower than most of its competitors, and image quality is decent for its sector (though poor compared to a true printer). It’s a good choice for a pocket printer or a unique present. If you’re serious, save for a full-sized printer; you’ll want more otherwise.