Looking at the Dell Wasabi PZ310 Printer

For gadget lovers everywhere who may just be looking for a fun and simple way to share picture-perfect moments, Dell has introduced a way to share photos with your friends on the spot, with a simple compact printer that is sure to take printing to places you never thought would be possible. This is none other than the Wasabi PZ310 printer.

At a mere 8oz, the tiny and relatively sleek design of the Wasabi printer makes it attractive but there are some drawbacks to the gadget. Despite its shortfalls and some similarities to the Polaroid PoGo printer however, it still has its perks. For starters, the printer is wireless which means that you can make prints just about anywhere and, with the option to reprint the last photo sent to it, each person can have their own copy in just a few minutes. The Wasabi printer fits perfectly in your hands (and depending on what you are wearing) your pocket, so travelling will always be a breeze.

Add to this the fact that it runs off a replaceable lithium ion cell battery which means you do not have to worry about added pounds. The Wasabi can accept prints via Bluetooth which makes it even more convenient. All you need is a Bluetooth compatible camera phone and you can basically snap, send and print in just a few clicks. It is important to remember that Bluetooth printing may prove unreliable however with new phone firmware updates and newer handsets, Wasabi provides better usage than the Polaroid PoGo printer’s Bluetooth technology does.

Although they may be tiny, the Wasabi offers fun and spontaneous prints using Zink’s zero-ink technology; much like the Polaroid. This basically replaces printer ink with the thermal heated crystals embedded in the actual photo paper. Therefore, if the high cost of ink is stopping you from sharing photo magic you may have found your solution.

It is quite simple; all you have to do is send a photo to the Wasabi and watch as 2×3-inch prints are created in about one minute. Each print carries a light adhesive at the back which makes creating cards, scrapbooks or just about anything you please faster and easier. In fact, you can create whole art projects without ever needing glue.

Unfortunately, it turns out that the image quality is similar to that of the Polaroid PoGo. For prints from the Wasabi, sharpness or color is among its shortcomings and occasionally the output has splotches. It is obvious that the Wasabi printer is not for professional use or if you are expecting high quality work. The lure of the Wasabi and its ink is the fun and spontaneity they offer so do not buy this if you are looking for a top of the line invention.

Simply put, besides being small, lightweight, portable and fun, the Wasabi does have a lot. Like the Polaroid PoGo, the features the Wasabi offers are very limited but at 20 percent cheaper it is a better deal than its Polaroid counterpart.

2 comments

  • popular full colour laser printer , which was sold for around £ 250.00 however the cost of the original Dell cartridges is very high. The HY ( highyield) toner cartridges are capable of printing 8000 pages for the c/m/y and 9000 pages for the black. This printer is based on a Fuji Xerox print engine and batched by Dell – but all cartridges contain a printer specific chip and are only usable in that particular brand.

  • For our ‘pass-IT-on’ program, we found ourselves in need of a mobile printing solution. We found the Dell Wasabi, which enables us to create QR codes on the spot for local retailers, restaurants, pubs etc. There are no software or drivers, making the Wasabi about as easy as they come to use. Graphics used to produce barcodes and labels it is excellent. The barcode is crisp and clear and there is no smearing. The paper is adhesive backed so you can peel and stick it on a window or display panel at the point of sale. We have had great success using the Wasabi.

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