Brother has released a range of PocketJet thermal A4 and RuggedJet receipt/label printers that allow utilities, emergency services, health, and any mobile worker to instantly print out paperwork – quotes, reports, etc.
Before you say that there are other portable printers this has five major advantages over the very much larger Canon IP-100 and Epson WF-100 inkjets.
- It uses thermal print technology (heat applied to treated paper – like the old fax roles but far more advanced)
- It will not leak ink from an inkjet cartridge if it gets too hot in a car
- It only has one moving part – the paper roller
- It is very small at 255(W) x 55(D) x 30(H) mm (printable area 203.2 x 279.4 – A4 less margins
However, it does not print in colour – 256 greyscales so some users have pre-printed stationery to add a bit on colour.
Print head life is rated at 100,000 pages and you can print about 600 pages per charge using its Li-ion battery.
The range is configurable – USB 2.0 interface' Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi N and this version supports Android (Google Cloud Print), iOS (Apple AirPrint), Mopria, and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth to Windows or Mac devices. Print speed is 8 pages per minute – fine for printing a few pages as needed.
Print cost depends on the thermal paper quality and source – it should max out at around A$0.20 per page – the roll fed and some third party options are cheaper.
Read the rest of the orignal review by Ray Shaw here.