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Dell to release inkless photo printer

Posted on: February 18, 2009

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Ink free printers are fast gaining popularity not only because it doesn’t use up any ink (constant replacements really eat into your budget especially since ink cartridges are relatively expensive) and they can be quite small because of the absence of any ink tanks.

Even Dell (http://www.dell.co.uk/) is getting into the market by releasing its own ink-less photo printer. The new device, called the Wasabi, is a pocket sized printer that can churn out 2 x 3 prints that have adhesive backing.

The technology of inkless printers is actually quite deceiving. Although the printer does not have ink, it is the photo paper that basically carries the “ink dyes”. The Wasabi uses a technology that is quite similar to the Pogo technology released by Polaroid. It uses a special paper that has dye crystals embedded in it that reacts to heat and depending on the amount of heat applied displays a particular colour.

The Wasabi will be equipped with Bluetooth capability to enable wireless connections. It will also have the ubiquitous USB ports for attaching various devices directly to the printer. A full charge on the device will be good enough to get 15 prints from it. Dell has added that the Wasabi is also fast enough to print a shot in a minute or less.

There are still no details given as to availability but the tentative price given for the Wasabi is £70 whilst a 24 sheet pack of the special photo paper will cost £8.30. A bit high if you compare it with standard photo processing but I think the Wasabi will sell nonetheless.

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