PRYNT POCKET REVIEW

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About a year ago I bought and reviewed the Polaroid Zip. At the time I bought this Bluetooth enabled printer since it was a special on Prime Day On Amazon. At first, I really enjoyed the printer and how fun it was at parties. However, this quickly fades when the Bluetooth continues to have problems connecting and the app became more complicated. So now my once fun Polaroid Zip now sits in the bottom of my junk drawer. Fast forward to today, where I am reviewing the Prynt Pocket. What makes this printer different? Why would I recommend this over the Polaroid Zip? Well in today's post we will discuss the answers to these questions and more!


When I was a kid, I never dreamt that I would be able to print photos in person without a photo kiosk. The one exception to this was for my friends who had expensive instant cameras. However, today most people are equipped with a camera in their pocket. Gone are the days of carrying around expensive SLR cameras, filters, lenses and a degree in photography! However, like most of you, I have a collection of photos on my camera, and limited ability to print these photos. God forbid something to happen to my iPhone without backing these photos up.

Due to this, we are noticing a rapid release rate of Pocket Photo Printers. Not all of these Pocket Photo Printers are created equal, and many of them rely on certain technologies for them to work, like Bluetooth. Today, we will take a closer look at the Prynt Pocket. In the video below we will take a closer look at the printer, show you how easy the set-up is, and of course take a few photos. Make sure to read on after the video review to get our in-depth look at the Prynt Pocket.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Prynt Pocket spoke to me right away based on the fact that the printer did not connect to your phone via a Bluetooth. The Prynt Pocket actually clips into your phone via the lighting port. Once plugged into the iPhone, the Prynt Pocket is powered by the smart FREE application.  Print photos directly from the device using Zink Paper, which is inkless.


The application gives the user the ability to edit photos, add filters, insert text and even bring your photos to life with a video feature! And of course, you will be able to share your masterpiece on social media! 


Currently, the Prynt Pocket is only compatible with iPhones, however, the company is currently working on developing an android app.

THE DESIGN

The Prynt Pocket was obviously designed for function, not beauty. The camera was designed to fit nicely in your hand, hence the curved grip to the unit. The entire Prynt Pocket has a textured finished giving the user something easy to grip onto. Now, the  Zink Paper cartridge slides into the top portion of the Prynt Pocket essentially turning the printer into a modern Polaroid. The clamp style mounting mechanism is clunky but very functional. This style allows for multiple sizes of phones to be easily mounted into the Prynt Pocket. Also depending on your phone size, we also liked the fact that we did not have to remove our case each time to connect our phone. However, our FAVORITE feature is not having to connect via the Bluetooth each time we wanted to print a photo.


Even though the Prynt Pocket is not fashion forward, the company realizes that some people want some style. Currently, the Prynt Pocket comes in 4 colors on AmazonGraphiteCool GreyLavender and Mint Green.

USAGE & PRINTING

The Prynt Pocket is pretty straight forward. Connect your phone, customize your photo and print. You can even add a video, which we will chat about later in the post.



Like many pocket printers, the Prynt Pocket utilizes Zink Paper. Essentially Zink Paper stands for zero ink. In a nut shell, these paper does not utilize ink, toner or other material. However, Zink Paper relies on a chemical reaction to print your photos. They dry instantly and can be handled by the user. Now, with most Zink Printers the Prynt Pocket produces 2X3 size photos that feature a sticker back. As I said in the Polaroid Zip review, my biggest criticism of Zink Paper is the cost, as each photo costs around .50.

Let's also discuss the fact that the Prynt Pocket produces photos that do not look over-exposed. I always felt the Polaroid Zip photos were over-saturated. It almost appeared that each photo had the "Vibrant" filter turned on. It never matched what I was editing on my phone. The Prynt Pocket produces much more accurate colors and tones.

ADD A VIDEO

I will admit I had no idea about this last feature, or why I would want it. However, now that I have actually experienced it I have to say I pretty much am addicted to it. So how does it work? When you select a photo for printing, you have the option to add a video. In my YouTube review video, I selected a photo of my dog and tied it to the dog licking the water from the hose. Now, once you print the photo, you might wonder how the video comes to life.

Essentially while you are in the Prynt App, all you will have to do is to point the camera at your printed photo, and then the magic appears! Instead of your photo, you will see a movie in its place. From the phone display, it looks as if you printed a video, which is pretty cool! Here look for yourself:



FINAL VERDICT

For me, this product is a win just for the fact that I do not have to rely on Bluetooth technology to print my photos. Out of all the Pocket Photo Printers that I have reviewed the Prynt Pocket is easy to use and fun to interact with. Now, keep in mind this is being promoted as a case for your iPhone, which I highly disagree. This is not something that I would see myself walking around with attached to my phone, however, I do see myself having it available to share fun photos with my friends!

It is not also for everyone, as many people will want bigger, more professional photos than the Prynt Pocket can produce. Still, I feel the company set out to make a fun printer that would be easy to use and fun to share! With that, Prynt Pocket scored a HOMERUN!

During today's review, I compared the Prynt Pocket to the Polaroid Zip on more than one occasion. To watch my review of the Polaroid Zip, please Click Here

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