Brother PocketJet 3 – a good portable printer

The PJ3 is the predecessor to its older, superior brother – the PocketJet 6.  There are a number of improvements the 6 models have over the 3 designs.  Find out more below.
To start with the PJ 3 designs don’t have any Bluetooth wireless options whatsoever.  This is a deep contrast to their replacements because all of the Brother Pocketjet 6 designs have Bluetooth in some form – whether it’s pre-installed or whether you have to buy an adapter.  This doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any wireless options at all they do have Infrared connectivity but let’s face it that’s ancient technology.  Infrared was ancient when I start my technology career and it’s definitely ancient now believe me.  The only other method of data transfer is USB 2.0 which of course is quite standard but nowhere near the convenience of true wireless Bluetooth portable printers.

One of the other things which is inferior is their printing speeds – around 3 pages per minute which is very slow when compared with inkjet/laser printers.  But of course you have to remember that these printers are based on thermal printing technology which is inherently slower, the PJ6 models only print at 6 pages a minute which admittedly is double the speed but overall it’s still pretty slow considering most stationary printers can whip out 30 pages a minute easily.  One difference is that there’s no change in printing speeds from black and white to color because of the thermal printing process.

Brother PocketJet 3 with Bluetooth

Brother PocketJet 3 with Bluetooth

Another disadvantage is that they still have some limited moving parts which makes it less compact and less sturdy when compared with their replacements.  When it comes to the Brother portable printer range you’ll see they produce some reliable products and I wouldn’t say these are ‘prone’ to breaking, but any moving parts in an environment where the equipment is going to clearly be moving around such as you would expect of a mobile printer is clearly going to increase the chances of breaks.

Brother PocketJet 3

Brother PocketJet 3

What it has equal with the PJ 6 are its DPI, similar structure and weight and no need to replace ink cartridges.  To be honest these make the big differences.  If you’re looking at this type of printer, you want something which is genuinely a portable printer and which printers in reasonably high quality.  The PocketJet 3 fulfills all these main core functional aspects.  Do you need Bluetooth?  It’s definitely going to be useful for some people, but ultimately you can just plug it into your laptop/PDA.

Brother PocketJet 3 Printer

Brother PocketJet 3 Printer

So what are the benefits?

Well for one thing you can get them much cheaper then their competitors at around half the price.  You’ll have to get them from various different sellers because they’re no longer in large scale production.  But essentially you’re still getting a very good mobile printer even if it’s not a wireless portable printer.  Even if it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its admittedly superior replacement it’s still a very good mobile printer.  When it comes down to it, it’s of similar size, very slightly lighter and compared with almost all other mobile printers it really does live up to its name.  Fitting in your pocket, purse, bag – wherever, it’s not a problem because this device is tiny and light.  If you do want a device with clearer and crispy text and images I would suggest the Brother Pocketjet 3 Plus because it prints a 300 and not 200 dpi.

Conclusion?

Well if you want genuine portability and decent if not the best quality and a good price than this is for you.  If you’re bothered about the wireless functional aspects, require faster printing speeds and want a product with less chance of breaking and you’re willing to pay the premium required for that than this isn’t for you and I’d suggest superior Brother PocketJet alternatives.

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