The PrintStik printer isn’t new, but for years this printer has had little to compete with its position as one of the best truly mobile, thermal printers on the market. Find out more below.
When it comes down do it there are plenty of flaws with this printer, but let me be clear – they’re not only intentional flaws, but necessary ones too. When it comes down to it, you can either have a large and heavy printer which has a lot of capabilities similar to that of stationary printing devices. Or you can choose to sacrifice some of these capabilities to attain a true level of mobility – and that’s exactly what this PlanOn PrintStik is about.
If you want glossy high detailed photos or business cards then you’re looking at the wrong device, because thermal printers can’t obtain anywhere near that level of detail. But what they can do is attain a level of portability which is unseen and impossible for the time being – inkjet printers which can perform far better sacrifice their mobility. Since these are ‘mobile’ printers – what’s the point of them not being mobile. This is so lightweight that it measures just a little over a pound in weight – and it’s so small that it’s comparable to a laptop battery in size. It’s not an exaggeration when I say that I can comfortably fit mine into a deep pocket – my inkjet printer I can barely fit into my rucksack.
Now one thing that’s important to recognize right away is that this is a business tool and the PrintStik mobile printer is very much a business orientated device. There’s no color printing, it’s no particularly fast and its resolution is very low – especially when compared with inkjet/laser counterparts. But if you want it for serious work then you shouldn’t need glossy photographs. It’s not designed for printing out shiploads of paper, and although it’s not fast it’s not massively slow. Finally although its resolution is nothing compared to its counterparts it’s still obviously more than legible and prints texts perfectly fine. You won’t have any problems reading it whatsoever, and unlike inkjet devices it doesn’t use ink. This means the only runnings costs are its thermal paper and the electricity required to power out. There’s no blotchy ink on the page, and no mess when trying to change ink cartridges – as well as paying the exorbitant prices you tend to have to.
Finally it doesn’t have any moving parts whatsoever (compared to its counterparts once more), and this means that unlike the competition it’s far more reliable. If you want a portable device then you want it to be reliable, and if you’re moving around moving parts then you’re destined for heartbreak after too long. It’s not just less likely to break from movement, but it’s build in a far more compact sturdy manner. Remember that the inkjet head has to run across the page, which means there’s empty space within – in this case there are no empty spaces – it’s tightly packed together to minimize any kind of damage.
All of these things add together to make it impressive… if you want true mobility. If you don’t then obviously don’t get it – but true mobility means not needing to change ink cartridges when travelling, having something which is small and lightweight as well as more reliable to boot. The question isn’t whether it’s a good device – it’s whether it’s good for you.