Best Portable Photo Printers - How to Use the Right Printer

By: James Kara Murat

Are you looking for a new portable photo printer? The market offers variety with wide price range depending upon the features available in each machine. HP Photosmart, Canon Pixma, Epson PictureMate and Kodak's EasyShare are some of the machines with good media reviews available in the market.

For printing passport size to 4x6 pictures of good quality, any of these portable printers would be ideal. The HP Photosmart, however, has the additional feature of printing up to 5x7 inch pictures. But if your requirement is for still bigger pictures then you can try other HP models that can give you excellent quality in panorama (4x12) pictures.

Digital cameras that are PictBridge compatible or facilitate printing pictures wirelessly with Bluetooth or Avnera technologies have the ability to read different memory cards. Most of the affordable range portable photo printers have software that has appropriate photo editing tools supported by the requisite or specific software.

Another important factor that helps in deciding the type of portable photo printer one wants to buy is the ink technology it uses. They are either inkjet or use thermal dye. Cartridges containing three to five different color inks help the consumer to take quality color prints. Also available are little economical grayscale black and white printers. Those who have used HP Photosmart a series or even PictureMate model of Epson, report satisfaction with the quality of prints which are both water and smudge proof. Among inkjet printers, variations creep in depending upon the type of ink - dye or pigment-based in the cartridge.

Thermal-dye based printers are little advanced. Their prints have longer life, are water proof and do not get smudged. Ink jet printer manufacturers, however, claim same features in their products holding that their machines are swifter.

Which one is the best portable photo printer? Reviews have been picking different machines for different reasons. It is the credibility of the manufacturing company or the subsequent supply of ink refills that may force an ultimate consumer to make his mind. HP Photosmart and Epson's PictureMate remain among the toppers.

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