Like any other monochrome thermal printer, PrintX Pro Pocket Photo Printer Label Creator ($99) is not much of a photo printer, despite its name. Plus, all of the “pocket” or “portable” photo printers we’ve tested are color machines.
The printer PrintX Pro is however a good thermal mark, sticker, and receipt printer, and by far the smallest printer of the kind we’ve tested.
But it prints easily and well enough to act as a lightweight, ultra-mini multipurpose labeller, sticker builder, and receipt printer for home and micro office use.
Available in white or pink, at first glance (and most of the online promo images I’ve seen the PrintX Pro printer looks like a cheesy, not-so-well-made, plastic toy, and the teddy-beared indentation on its face just reinforces that impression.
However when I took it out of the case, I was shocked by this small machine’s considerable girth and long-lasting construction quality.
PrintX Pro printer measures 3.1 by 1.7 by 3.1 inches (HWD) and weights 6.6 ounces or less than half a pound. (Much of that comes from a 1000mAh battery.)
These specs make the hair less than 1.5 inches smaller than the Brother P-touch Cube and the P-touch Cube Plus in all directions and more than half a pound lighter.
The design of the printer is impressively simple. There’s a seemingly accidental impression on the front of a teddy bear’s face.
On the right side, you’ll find a Mini USB port for charging (there’s a 12-inch cable in the box), and on the top edge there’s a hybrid power button/LED light that shows in green or red and flashes to signify different states, such as ready-to-use charging, low-battery and empty paper roll.
Also there is a manual tear-off cutter on the top edge, behind the power button.
Pulling the top section back slightly and then raising it opens the paper compartment, which houses 2.2-inch wide and 1.2-inch-core paper rolls.
Depending on the form of media or what you print (labels, receipts, etc.), paper rolls run from a few feet to 26 feet or more (we’ll look more closely at media size and cost in the upcoming How Low Can You Go section).
The printer comes with a single roll of regular non-adhesive thermal paper, much like a low-cost credit card receipt media.
Apart from that, everything else such as writing or entering text, uploading images and graphics, and printing, is happening in the PrintX Pro app, which is available for Android, iOS, and Windows.
How To Use PrintX Pro ?
How Good is it?
No-Brainer Installation and the PrintX Pro App
The installation consists of charging a printer with a mini USB cable attached to your device or a compatible mobile adapter.
Then install the PrintX Pro program on your Android or iOS device from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, respectively.
Open the app and turn the printer on and print the QR code immediately.
The app prompts you to check the QR Code, which then pairs the two devices and the program with the printer via Bluetooth 4.0.
You don’t need to connect your printer with your smartphone or tablet through the former Bluetooth control panel.
Before reading the instructions, I tried that, and while my Android device saw the printer right away, it went wrong when trying to attach.
After locating and connecting to your printer, the PrintX Pro app opens to your home screen, ready to print.
PrintX Pro Pocket Photo Printer app home screen
A few of the six options on the homepage, such as AR (audio record) and Text Recognition (OCR) or optical character recognition for converting scanned text to editable text, seemed out of place.
I couldn’t find out why, for example, you would want to make recordings in label printer software, even though OCR is convenient to carry hardcopy text directly to your labels and other templates.
The PrintX Pro app offers a limited range of cliparts, including coloring-like drawings and puzzles, as well as some models for labels and lists.
You can also import graphics and images, and add text to build your own, and then save it to the Draft Box database app.
PrintX Pro : What We Have Checked
I’m Keith Shaw, and I’ve been reviewing consumer technology products for more than 15 years, including many large and small picture printers.
I still own a scrapbook loaded with some very poor instant pictures I took as a child—the advantage of today’s technology is that you can take photos with your phone before you print them.
We tested each printer with three smartphones—iOS iPhone 7, Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S20 (Android)—by printing both color and black-and-white images.
Phones and printers have been linked via Bluetooth. For each test, we noted how long each print had taken, using as much picture paper as provided (usually the starter packs had about 10 prints). We’ve also tested print quality and ease of use.
We tried to print the same images for each of the printers checked, but in some cases, we needed to print different photos.
For example, when printing a picture with sticker options or borders, it had to print from the vendor’s app—not all borders and stickers are the same across printers.
After all 10 photos were printed, we had a few judges looking at the images and selecting their picture quality favorites.
As part of the test, we tried two versions (Canon and Kodak) that could produce 4×6-inch prints, but what you gain in image size, you lose in portability.
Both very small printers can print images using a mobile app (connecting to printers through Bluetooth), but the two larger models could also connect to a Wi-Fi network or print via a storage unit (SD memory card or USB stick).
PrintX Pro printer is rated at 4 pages per minute (ppm), but I couldn’t find the size of the sample page anywhere.
When printing text-only labels, I clocked a printer from PrintX Pro at an average of 9 inches per minute (ipm). This is about seven labels measuring 1.25 inches high by 2.2 inches wide (the width of the paper roll).
PrintX Pro Features at a glance:
- Wireless Connection
Bluetooth 4.0 connection, connected to the PrintX Pro/PeriPage through the phone print APP, without wire, you can print anytime and anywhere.
- Record Your Life
You can record the scenery you see, the exercises you did wrong, work schedules, his or her sweet words, and make all beautiful moments permanent anywhere, anytime.
- Environment Friendly
With thermal printing tech and high-quality print head, adopt thermal paper instead of ink, it is typically quieter, faster, and more energy-efficient, support USB fast charging.
- Compact Size
Flowing and graceful model with ergonomic design and excellent grip for an easy hand taking, with the small and lightweight body, you can easy to carry it.
- Printing All You Want
It can print photos, memorandum, and records, users see the information on the phone screen can be printed instantly, the APP offers a variety of fonts and themes, makes your photo stylish.
- You can download a Free APP from Google by searching” Peripage” for your PC or Mobile.
- Free iOS APP, just search the “Peripage” on the APP Store.
- 1 pcs photo printer
- 1 pcs USB cable
- 1 pcs Manual
- 1 roll white thermal paper(installed in the printer already)
PrintX Pro Pocket Photo Printer label design
It is important to remember, however that this time does not involve cutting which, on this computer, is a manual method requiring you to print each label separately, tear it off and then print the next one and so on.
Conversely, the program for the Brother P-touch Cube and Cube Plus mentioned above (and most other label printers) can be said to stop between the cutting labels; the Cube Plus also has an automatic cutter that you can customize to cut each label as it rolls out of the printer.
The solution for the PrintX Pro app (and to be honest, the alternative approach for labellers in the previous paragraph) is to use die-cut labels that peel off individually.
But even then, PrintX Pro does not seem to be capable of importing batches of addresses for mass mail outs, making it considerably lower for this application where print speed is crucial.
How does this little machine stack up speed-wise against its higher-end competitors?
In our mailing-size-label test, the P-touch Cube Plus was churned at about 47 inches per minute, or about six times faster, whereas the lower-end Cube was marginally slower than that.
Granted, clocking and measuring the speed at which the PrintX Pro machine prints address labels is not the perfect test for this product, but label printing speed is how we measured the other devices listed here and what I had for comparison.
The bottom line is that although it is slower than traditional label printers, it is fast enough to print individual labels and stickers for a wide variety of applications, including label files, containers, print stickers, lists, receipts, and so on.
PrintX Pro Print Quality
PrintX Pro printer is a 203dpi (dots per inch) thermal printer, just around the same resolution as the Fine mode fax machine. (Comparatively, the Brother P-touch Cube Plus churns at 180dpi.)
Like the Brother model (and most label printers), depending on what you print, the PrintX Pro churns out text and black drawings fairly well and so-called grayscale images and graphics.
And like most label printers today, you can buy a lot of different colors and textures of paper to spruce things up a little.
As mentioned earlier, printer PrintX Pro is often marketed as a picture printer. But of course, this is only for applications where monochrome and so-called consistency is appropriate, such as stickers for children’s scrapbooks.
During my tests, I found that depending on the information and the degree of gray, the overall performance of the PrintX Pro machine was similar to the consistency of the newspaper.
PrintX Pro - Inexpensive to Use
Given its limitations, this compact printer is remarkably inexpensive to use—one of its most appealing qualities.
It supports low-cost paper rolls designed for credit card (and other types of) receipt machines, and it and a few other similar devices) has been popular in Asia and parts of Europe for some time encouraging the production of many types of compatible media.
You can buy many colors and configurations, such as die-cut labels (including transparent plastic and decorative labels), continuous adhesive sticker paper and non-adhesive all-purpose rolls.
Where To Buy PrintX Pro Pocket Photo Printer?
The manufacterer offer worldwide shipping with 50% discount with 3 years warranty. In addition, they offer express shipping so that we can get your PrintX Pro to you as fast as possible!
A Work in Progress
The PrintX Pro label printer is suitable for marking, sticker and receipt printing and for printing black-and-white picture stickers and puzzles for children.
It’s a good low-end, all-purpose pocket printer that’s not really built to compete with traditional label printers. PrintX Pro’s $99 list price is a concern, though, given what’s available in that price range.
But we find it as low as $66.83 (It’s called Yosooo but we don’t recommend that), or as part of a few printer/multi-paper roll combo packs for less than the list price.
The PrintX Pro printer performs well enough to be useful around the house and elsewhere (maybe in a classroom) for the odd one-off label or sticker now and then and is durable enough and easy enough to use for children’s fun.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Compact and well-built the PrintX Pro printer produces good-looking labels, stickers, receipts and more at comparatively low running costs, but you lose speed and other time-saving productivity features in return.