Kodak Mini 3 Retro (3×3) Portable Printer
We take many photos with our phones, but they often get lost in the camera roll. Wouldn’t it be great to publish your favourite recollections instead? Many photographers are switching from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras and mobile phones. Thus, portable photo printers are very popular
Top portable photo printers let you print from your phone, social media, and Instagram grid. These portable printers can quickly print photographs from your digital camera’s memory card, iPhone, or Android for friends and diaries. Today, Kodak makes small portable printers that you can use to print your best photos on the go. These printers provide applications for creating, editing, and personalizing prints. The Kodak Mini 3 Retro 3×3 portable photo printer is discussed here. The Kodak Mini 3 Retro portable photo printer makes appealing 3-by-3-inch photographs quickly and economically.
Kodak Mini 3 Retro (3×3) Portable Specification
|Dimension||4 x 5 x 1 cm; 460 Grams|
|Battery||1 Lithium Ion batteries required|
|Item Weight||460 g|
|Battery cell composition||Lithium Ion|
|Hardware Platform||Smart Phone|
|Memory Storage Capacity||64 MB|
- Quality 3-inch square picture prints
- Prints borderless or bordered photographs
- Includes 68 picture consumables.
- Bluetooth only; no Wi-Fi.
- No Windows or macOS, only Android or iOS.
Kodak’s Mini 3 Retro Portable Printer ($156.99) prints on 3-by-3-inch square media, unlike the Mini 2 HD Instant Photo Printer reviewed here in April 2018. Kodak printers, like the HP Sprocket Studio, employ dye-sublimation imaging instead of inkjet or zero-ink (Zink) processes. Dye-sub printers’ four-pass imaging process produces better images than Zink printers, and the Mini 3 Retro’s attractive output and inexpensive running costs make it a great take-it-anywhere photo printer and our newest Editors’ Choice winner.
The Mini 3 Retro takes high-quality photos with vivid colours and fine detail. The dye-sub printer employs cyan, magenta, and yellow ink with a transparent coating to highlight the colours and protect the image from dust and fingerprints. Remember that while zero-ink technology has evolved, it still lacks dye-sublimation imaging’s quality. However, they looked decent compared to the others. The Kodak Mini 3 Retro prints well, is affordable, and allows borderless or bordered photos. Its square picture format is also unique. Users can determine if the 3-inch square format fits them.
Speed and cost per print
The Mini 3 Retro is faster and cheaper than its contemporaries. Borderless prints average 43 seconds, but bordered prints take only a few seconds longer. As expected, the last replacement media cartridge, which prints 30, 60, and 90, has the lowest cost per picture. Kodak estimates that each 90-pack print will cost 40 cents. The Kodak Mini 3 Retro 3×3’s battery can charge in 90 minutes, print 25 times, and save photographs for a century. The Kodak Mini 3 Retro 3×3 meets all your needs for the best portable photo printer, including cheap running costs, high print quality, and a unique media size.
Compact, colourful design
The Mini 3 Retro weighs under a pound and measures 1 by 5 by 4 inches. You may choose between white, yellow, or black and two bundles: the kit described here with 68 media sheets or a cheaper ($141.99) one with eight. Kodak is smaller than the HP Sprocket Studio and Canon Selphy CP1300 pocketable dye-sub photo printers. In contrast to those models’ 4-by-6-inch photos, it produces 3-inch-square photographs. Other than that, the Mini 3 Retro is straightforward. You can power and charge the printer using a micro USB plug on the back, and your printed photographs roll out of a slot on the front.
Mini 3 Retro Connection and Use
As with many photo printer applications, Mini 3 Retro works exclusively on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, not Windows or macOS laptops or desktops. First, link the device to your phone or tablet through Bluetooth, then download and install the Kodak Photo Printer app to print photographs from your device’s storage or a cloud site. Although the printer includes a micro USB connector for charging, it only supports Bluetooth. Kodak claims the in-built battery charges in 90 minutes and prints 25 times. Replacement cartridges come in 30, 60, and 90-sheet packs (ICRG-330, ICRG-360, and ICRG-390). Open the compartment door, slide out the old cartridge, and insert the new one.