- Quick and easy to set up
- Fun photo stickers
- No ink or toner to replace
- Small and easy to carry in your pocket
- User guide isn't complete
- Large spaces with graduated colors aren't the best
While we all have the ability to share photos through various digital means, sometimes it’s fun to share photos with friends and loved ones in hard copy – yet you don’t want to wait to get home to print them out. The iDPRT Mini Photo Printer can provide the portable means to print your photos immediately. Let’s find out more in this review.
This is a sponsored article and was made possible by iDPRT. The actual contents and opinions are the sole views of the author who maintains editorial independence, even when a post is sponsored.
Setting Up the iDPRT Mini Photo Printer
Opening the box for the iDPRT Mini Photo Printer, the box seems incredibly small, and you wonder how it could contain a printer – even a mini one. It’s amazingly small and thin.
The box contains:
- Mini photo printer
- Charging cable
- Packet of photo paper
- User guide
Before you do anything else, you should charge the mini photo printer, as it can take an hour to an hour and a half to charge. Plug the USB-C end of the cord into the printer and the USB-A end into a charging brick. A thin blue light will flash off and on to show you it’s charging. The light will go off when it’s done.
The user guide lists setup and usage of the printer in a mixed-up order. It would be wise to download the HeyPhoto app while you wait for the printer to fully charge. The app is available for Android and iOS.
When it’s fully charged, it will have a solid blue light. At this time, you’ll need to pair it to your device. It’s paired the same way any other Bluetooth accessory would be paired.
You will also want to load the printer paper at this point. It comes in packets of five and ten. Yes, it’s not many sheets in one packet – but that’s for a reason.
The paper already has “Zink” ink included on the paper, eliminating toner/ink cartridges. The Zink can dry out very quickly, so you don’t want to open a huge pack of paper.
Included in the pack of paper is a blue sheet. This is very important, as it needs to go through the printer before the photo paper. It spits this out on its own before printing. You don’t need to worry about it. Just don’t throw it away!
Load the paper with the blue sheet on the bottom. Make sure the stack is shoved all the way to the back. Otherwise, the app won’t recognize that it’s ready to print.
To connect the iDPRT Mini Photo Printer to the app, open the HeyPhoto app and create an account. Click the orange type at the bottom that says, “Click to connect printer,” and press the power button on the printer to turn it on.
Click the device from the list. It will start with “ZP200.” If you have no other printers that use this app, it will be the only one and easy to find.
Using the iDPRT Mini Photo Printer
To print photos from the iDPRT Mini Photo PRinter, tap “Album” on the home screen of the HeyPhoto app. This takes you to your photos on your device. Click whichever photos you want to print. Once they appear in the app, click the photo you want to print, then agree to have the photos uploaded into the app.
Just like any other printer, you’ll be allowed to crop, apply a photo, etc. When you’re ready, click the printer icon in the upper right.
It’s at this point that the printer will eject the blue paper if you haven’t printed from this pack of paper yet.
The iDPRT Mini Photo Printer takes around a minute to print. The 2″ x 3″ photo will run through and slide out at the end, just as the blue paper did.
Alternatively, instead of printing through the app, you can also select a photo to print from your photos app, then send it to the printer through the sharing button – not through the print function as you would with a typical printer but by selecting HeyPhoto from the list of apps.
Quality of Photos
Originally, to test the iDPRT Mini Photo Printer, my thought was to bring it along on my Caribbean cruise, imagining how beautiful the photos would be. But I never finished setting it up, as our travel plans changed at the last minute, and we had to quickly change gears for a road trip.
I finished the setup after I got home, but I was still able to print the photos from the trip. I found that scenic photos of the Caribbean water and sky weren’t the best, but photos of our activities were fantastic!
Additionally, the printed pictures are peel-and-stick, so you can put them anywhere. It would have been fun to hand these out on the cruise.
The HeyPhoto app has some additional functions: Video, Jigsaw, and ID Photo. There aren’t really any instructions for these features, so it’s basically something you need to figure out on your own. However, they are not difficult features to figure out. What’s confusing is figuring out what some of the functions are for.
I figured Jigsaw would make a jigsaw puzzle out of a photo and couldn’t figure out how to make it work. But it is actually a collage creator for up to nine photos. You can add filters, adjust the borders, and add a background for the border, then print it out.
The Video function is a way to clip a photo from a video, then print it. You can either shoot a video with it to start or add one from your existing library. Create your clip, add a filter if you wish, then print.
ID Photo is simple enough. It allows you to add a photo of yourself (or someone else), then line it up correctly to get an ID/passport photo that’s set up via the requirements.
All in all, the only major downside is the lack of documentation to explain the features of the app. All the functions have a line that says, “Print Quality,” followed by a box with a “1.” However, this is not a feature that can change, so it’s unclear why it’s there. Also, after you initially choose the photos you want to use, there’s no way to add more. I had to close out the app and reopen it.
Putting the app aside, the IDPRT Mini Photo Printer is a fantastic printer for quick little photos to share with friends and family while you’re traveling or having a fun gathering. I keep thinking now of all the functions and gatherings where I can bring it. It more than makes up for the app’s shortcomings.
You can get the iDPRT Mini Photo Printer for just $56 through March 15, 2022. Clip the $10 Amazon coupon and take an additional 40% off with the code N44PXDKT. An extra pack of 20 sheets of photo sticker paper is $19. And remember, you’ll never have to buy more toner or ink!
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