One of the very cool perks about blogging, is that very occasionally people want to send me stuff to write about. And some times, that stuff is so super cool, I have to refrain from emailing back an excited, “yes! Pick me!! I’ll pay you to do it!”
This review is for one of those products.
Not all that long ago, Boatman mentioned in casual conversation that he thought it would be cool if someone made a wireless portable printer, that you could hook up to your smart phone and print stuff whenever you liked. I’m pretty sure my response was, ‘yeah that would be cool,’ and that was about it. Because honestly, how would that even happen?
This is how it would happen.
It’s called a Pringo, and it is seriously the coolest toy ever, and just because I’m nice, I will tell you how cool it is. 🙂
To begin with, it’s the first wireless printer in the world to connect with iOS and android devices, and it’s just been released, so there’s nothing else like it on the market. It connects to your phone via wifi and through a free app that’s available on the app store and google play. And it’s literally as easy as that.
Once you download the app, you create an account to sign into on your devices, and then you are pretty much good to go. I was expecting that I might have to put my wifi password into the device, but because it connects through the app, and that is already running off your network, you don’t have to. It just connects itself.
The first time I used it was at home, running off the home wifi. To begin with, it said it couldn’t connect, but after a quick check of my wifi settings, it was just a matter of changing from my home wifi to the Pringo, and it was fine.Worked straight away and seamlessly.
I was curious then, to see how well it would go when out and about and running off my phone. Honestly, if anything it was easier. I seriously just hit print, and moments later had my pics ready. It was crazy just how effortlessly it happened.
The prints themselves, are gorgeous. They aren’t huge; about credit card size, but that also makes them perfect wallet size. And let’s be honest, printing like this isn’t going to be something you will want to do for all your pics. Having said that, I can think of a bunch of reasons why it’s a cool idea.
For starters, there’s the whole privacy aspect. If you are at a school or playgroup event, or anything really, and you get a great pic of your child with their friends, but don’t want it splashed around social media, this is a fantastic way to share the photo.
There’s also the immediacy of being able to share moments. I would have loved to have had this when we left Darwin, so I could have given Taylah’s friends some pics of their last moments together. Similarly, I was thinking it would be a great thing to have for kids birthdays. You could set up a mini photo booth and let them have a great time snapping away, and then print the best pics. It would make a great take home present. I think I may have to do that for parties this year 🙂
And then there is my personal favourite. Have you noticed how increasingly, schools want you to send photos in with the kids for homework purposes? You know ‘make a cake with mum or dad and take a photo of it’ type thing? And it’s not hard, it’s just kind of annoying to upload it to the computer, and then print it off and cut the pic out. Well this week for show and share, BJ had to make patterns with things at home and bring a photo, and it was the easiest thing ever. He made a pattern with pegs and rocks, and we took photos of it and printed them all in ten minutes. So easy. Plus watching the photos come out is half the fun, because the Pringo coats the photo paper in layers, so you can watch the whole picture come to life.
So very cool.
Apart from all the coolnes listed above, other things worth knowing are:
- Printer ink cartridges will print up to ten photos, and they are sold in boxes of thirty or one hundred papers. So you will get either 3 cartridges or 10 depending on which pack you buy.
- It has a rechargeable battery which easily does your 10 pics, unless you leave it on for extended periods of time. Even then it will turn itself off.
- The Pringo App comes with different borders, filters, stickers and the ability to add text, so you can customise your pics however you like. I also had fun enhancing photos in other apps, and then printing them with the Pringo
- It’s available in white and pink, and it small enough to fit comfortably in a hand bag.
- Pringo is currently only available online
Now for the good stuff. To celebrate it’s release, Pringo is offering all Essentially Jess readers a 15% discount on the Pringo and accessories. The offer is available until the 30th April 2014 through http://pringo.com.au, and can be accessed by using the code PR11 at the checkout.
Secondly, one lucky reader also has the chance to win their very own pink or white Pringo. All you need to do is answer the question: what would you use a Pringo for. Best answer, as chosen by Boatman wins.
So…. Who want’s a Pringo? 🙂
Disclosure: I was given a Pringo for purposes of review. All views and opinions are my own and not necessarily reflective of Pringo.
Competition is open to Australian residents only. All entries must be received by 6 pm Sunday the 13th of April, 2014. Judges decision is final and will not be entered into. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond or will be redrawn.