The first thing they have in common is their thermal portable printer mechanism which has two key characteristics which makes it perfect for wireless portable printing. To start with thermal print mechanisms don’t have any moving parts which means that the composite hardware incorporated into the design is much more compact and lighter which clearly in the market of ‘portable’ printing is a significant advantage. Also, because they don’t have moving parts they’re far less likely to break when compared with moving around laser/inkjet mobile printers such as those produced by the likes of HP or Canon.
Whereas the regular Brother PocketJet 6 only has 200 dots per inch producing reasonably crisp images and text the Plus version has 300 dpi. This definitely enhances the image quality at a point where i can actually make a visible difference and in my opinion once the dpi figures start getting too high they become impossible to tell apart except for perhaps the experts. When you start hitting 300 dpi I would say you’re pretty much at the height of realistic quality, of course there are better – but unless you’re an artist you’re going to be completely happy.
There are actually two types of Brother portable printer, the PJ Plus printers, there’s the regular ‘Plus’ and then there’s the ‘Plus with Bluetooth’. The Plus version has the extra 300 dots per inch, as does the ‘Plus with bluetooth’ but the main difference is with regards to the Bluetooth. The regular version supports an optional Bluetooth adapter whereas the ‘with Bluetooth’ version has Bluetooth fully incorporated. This means that you don’t have to have an adapter plugged into the USB 2.0 slot which seems a little self defeating if you want wireless.
The wireless option is a step up for all concerned and it’s especially useful for this true portable printing because it allows data transfer from a host of compatible wireless devices. Almost all laptops, smart phones, Ipads, Iphones and the like should be able to print with ease as long as they have Bluetooth installed.
If you need truly portable printing at crisp resolutions this is for you. If you don’t need true portable printing then the Brother PockJet range simply is not for you. This is designed for people who are willing to pay more for a printer that they can easily carry around in their bag at 1.3 pounds or even carry in a pocket. This is for workers on building sites, doctors on call or anyone who needs genuine portable printing. If it’s going to be sitting in your car then there’s no point buying it and I’d suggest HP/Canon alternatives which are a little cheaper, much bulkier and heavier but have a fantastic range of capabilities.
Furthermore if you need ultra-high resolution then again I wouldn’t advise you to go for this printer, so if you’re a photographer or artist than this is definitely out. If you want wireless printing and lower details I’d suggest looking at the Brother Pocketjet 6 because it’s cheaper, and you can still buy either an incorporate portable Bluetooth printer or buy the regular version and get the adapter add on.
The benefits of this printer are obvious, it’s lightweight and compact, it has wireless functionality and it’s far less prone to breaking down and there’s no messy ink cartridge changing. The downsides are its lower then standard dpi and it has far fewer core functions when compared with larger competitor printers. Perfect for some people, but not for everyone
If you’re interested in printing from the iPad using your PocketJet 6 Plus then I suggest you check out my page which goes over if the pocketJet 6 will work with the iPad. Basically the answer’s no. The reason for this is because the PocketJet 6 uses Bluetooth and the iPad can only print using AirPrint. Therefore the PocketJet 6 is not compatible with the iPad. They can’t work together. They won’t work together. I wish they did work together, and people ask me all the time “can the PocketJet work with the iPad… and Alas! The answer is no.