It’s a very compact and dare I say, stylish printer that won’t take up a lot of space on your desk. You don’t need a PC to attach it to, and it prints straight off memory cards.
Set-up is easy; you can do it without consulting the manual (who reads manuals anyway ;)). It’s literally ‘plug and play’. You can print directly from USB, SD & MMC cards, or a PictBridge compatible device. A WiFi option would’ve been a nice feature because getting photos off my phone required me to email them to myself and save it onto a USB stick.
Once you’ve selected a bunch of photos to print, you can further edit or crop them directly from the printer. It has a 2.7-inch colour LCD with easy to follow instructions.
Print size options are postcard, credit card and L. I was given a few packs of glossy postcard size printing sheets to try out. Photos are printed in under a minute. Print quality is good, not excellent. Most of the batch I printed came out exactly like what it looked like on screen, just about two had a few spots on it and one had a faint line in the middle. If it’s framed, it’s not noticeable.
The printer has an optional battery pack available, and according to Canon, one full charge should give you 36 prints. I didn’t get to try this.
The Canon Selphy CP810 portable photo printer is ideal if you want to frame photos and put it on your desk; give personalised gifts; or if you want to just display photos on your fridge. Not everything needs to be Instagrammed, right? For its price vs. a normal deskjet, you will definitely get more use out it.
Recommended retail price: R995
Contact: TVR – www.tvr.co.za
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