The Brother PocketJet 3 Plus is the upgraded version of the more basic PJ3 model and the upgrade is similar to that of its replacement PJ 6 range. Find out more below.
To start with they both use thermal printing mechanisms which reduce the size and weight of the printer which makes them perfect for compact portable printing. However the PJ3 range still do have some moving parts, albeit comparatively less then when compared with any inkjet/laser jet printer. The near absence of moving parts makes them much more less likely to suffer any internal mechanical failure which is combatively much more likely to occur in mobile printers using inkjet working parts.
The Brother Pocketjet 3 only has 200 dots per inch resolution printing, whereas just like the upgrade from the Brother PocketJet 6 to its Plus version there’s a 100 dpi increase bringing it up to 300 dpi. This is the top of the spectrum in my opinion when it comes to easily distinguishable graphical improvements. 200 dpi will be fine for most people, 300 dpi will be fine for practically everyone unless you’re an artist or need really high resolution print outs.
One weakness with this printer a long with the regular version is its lack of true wireless connectivity. It does have infrared but it doesn’t support Bluetooth on any level. On the other hand all of the later Brother PocketJet designs either come with Bluetooth already installed or with the possibility of an attachable Bluetooth adapter. This is a let down which clearly was instrumental in the release of the later more superior versions because nowadays when soon enough toasters will somehow become wireless using infrared and usb 2.0 are considered ancient methods. When technology changes on a daily basis it doesn’t really cut it to be using methods of transferring data which are literally decades old.
The benefits of using this particular Brother model are obvious. It’s cheaper than the later releases but you’ll have to get them from Amazon sellers for example because they’re not produced anymore on a large scale. It does everything you want, if you want a mobile printer this is it. Its lightweight and compact size make this a truly portable printer as opposed to many other let downs which are far too large and heavy to be ever considered truly portable. It prints clear, crisp images that most people will find pleasing and the connectivity it uses though isn’t the latest wireless or USB 3.0 interfaces is still used by most people, most people still use usb 2.0 for pretty much everything they do.
The first and obvious con is that it isn’t a wireless portable printer, it uses infrared but I’m not going to count that ancient technology. It has quite slow printing speeds – even for thermal printers and its replacements are twice as fast. It’s still reasonable expensive and uses thermal paper which is more expensive than regular printing paper and furthermore I’ve seen some people write reviews complaining of a lack of supply for thermal printing paper which I do find somewhat surprising if I’m being honest.
Overall it’s still a good printer, it’s a truly mobile printer, it caters to 80% of people as opposed to 95% of people and as such it’s cheaper. It’s not as good as its replacement but nevertheless it’s a good choice for most people