Kodak Mini 2 HD Review
Pros: Relatively good image quality, easy to set up, useful app
Cons: Wasteful paper refills, limited dynamic range, single size format
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Kodak Mini 2 HD
$89.95 at Amazon
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$99.99 at Amazon
|Pros||Relatively good image quality, easy to set up, useful app||Broad print dimensions, vast print mediums, low print costs, fantastic image fidelity||High resolution, vivid colors, great dynamic range||Consistent color, easy set-up, broad format options||Easy to use, decent resolution, prints common sizes|
|Cons||Wasteful paper refills, limited dynamic range, single size format||Huge footprint, expensive||Hard to set-up, big footprint||Microbanding in grayscale, relatively low definition in dark areas||Microbanding in larger formats, off skin tones, over saturation|
|Bottom Line||A pocket-sized printer that renders decent quality prints on the fly||This near-professional quality machine leaves little to be desired||This is a top-tier, professional level printer at a reasonable price||This printer yields high-quality images at a reasonable price||A quality mid-size machine that will appeal to the casual user|
|Rating Categories||Kodak Mini 2 HD||Epson SureColor P600||Canon PIXMA Pro-100||Expression Photo...||Canon PIXMA TR4520|
|Black And White (35%)|
|Print Capabilities (15%)|
|Operating Cost (10%)|
|Set Up (5%)|
|Specs||Kodak Mini 2 HD||Epson SureColor P600||Canon PIXMA Pro-100||Expression Photo...||Canon PIXMA TR4520|
|Resolutioin (dots per inch)||Unspecified||5760 x 1440||4800 x 2400||5760 x 1440||4800 x 1200|
|Max photo deminsions (inches)||2.1" x 3.4"||13" x 129"||13" x 19"||13" x 44"||8" x 10"|
|Cost per print (4" x 6" or mini print)||$0.68||$0.36||$0.40||$0.45||$0.58|
|Machine deminsions (HxWxD inches)||1" x 3" x 5.2"||9" x 24.2" x 14.5"||8.5" x 27.2" x 15.2"||6.3" x 18.7" x 14.5"||7.5" x 17.2" x 11.7"|
|Printing technology||Dye sublimation thermal transfer||Inkjet (Piezo DOD)||Inkjet (Theromal DOD)||Inkjet (Piezo DOD)||Inkjet (Theromal DOD)|
|Print time per 4" x 6" (or mini print)||61 seconds||63 seconds||55 seconds||34 seconds||128 seconds|
|Color palette (ink cartridges)||N/A||Matte Black, Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, Light Light Black||Black, Gray, Light Gray, Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray, Red||Black plus color cartridge|
|Memory cards supported||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ink type||N/A||Pigment-based||Dye-based||Dye-based||Pigment (black) and dye-based (color)|
|Connectivity||NFC, USB Port, Wi-Fi Direct||Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print support; USB 2.0, Wireless n1, Wi-Fi Direct1 and 100Mbit Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (1 port), 100Base-T Ethernet (1 port), Wi-Fi CERTIFIED (802.11n only), Wi-Fi Direct
Epson Connect 4: Epson iPrint Mobile App, Apple Airprint, Google Cloud Print
|Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), Ethernet
Hi-Speed USB, PictBridge (Cable not included)
|iPad, iPhone and Android tablets, Alexa and smartphones; Ethernet networking, andard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB, USB Host, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n5, Wi-Fi Direct 5, Ethernet 10/100
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n wireless networking, 2.4 GHz)
|Operating system requirements||Android, iOS||Apple macOS 10.13.x-10.12.x, OS X: 10.11x-10.7x
Microsoft Windows®: 10, 8.1, 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
|Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP1, Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3 32-bit Intel processor
Mac OS X v10.5.8 - 10.9.x7
|Windows 10 8/8.1/Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit , 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 — macOS 10.12.x6
|Windows:20 Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac:21
Mac OS X v10.10.5 - macOS v10.13 (High Sierra)
Mobile Operating Systems:22 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile, and Fire OS (Amazon Fire) devices
|Scanner||No||No||No||No||Yes (bed and feed)|
Our Analysis and Test Results
whites. The accompanying app is intuitive and has some beneficial features, such as a photo queue, that other machines lack. All and all, we were quite impressed with this affordable little printer.
We liked the quality of the photos coming out of this instant printer, and that there is no maintenance save refreshing the paper. We also liked that the printer is easy to use with a smartphone while on the move.
Additionally, the Kodak's accompanying app allows the user to queue-up 5 photos at a time. That way you can set the machine aside and come back to images that you can hand out to your friends and family.
The main problem we have with this printer is that it's photo paper comes in a heavy plastic cartridge. The cartridge is not reusable, and it only holds 8 sheets of instant print paper. When you're done, you just throw it away. Additionally, the paper cost 68 cents a sheet, which is on the high-end for instant paper.
We also had a problem with the machine turning itself off while we were printing multiple pictures. Perhaps it was a bug in the app that will be resolved. Regardless, it was annoying. The machine prints slowly (about a minute per print), and we liked being able to fill the queue with photos so we didn't have to sit the machine while it worked.
Occasionally we review products that are worth exactly what they cost. The Mini 2 is just such a product. However, we will say that the paper is a bit more than we'd like and for some this will decrease the perceived value.
The Kodak Mini 2 HD is one of the better mini printers that we have had the pleasure to test. This machine renders passable prints in both color and grayscale. It's easy to use, convenient to carry and the operating cost is manageable. Best of all, its ease of use will make it more likely that you get the images off your phone and into the hands of friends and family.
— Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer