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Kodak Mini 2 HD Review

This easy to use, portable printer has relatively few drawbacks and is a lot of fun
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Price:   $100 List | $80 at Amazon
Pros:  Relatively good image quality, easy to set up, useful app
Cons:  Wasteful paper refills, limited dynamic range, single size format
Manufacturer:   Kodak
By Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 6, 2020
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  • Color - 35% 3
  • Black and White - 35% 4
  • Print Capabilities - 15% 3
  • Operating Cost - 10% 4
  • Set-Up - 5% 9

Our Verdict

The Kodak Mini 2 HD printer is easy to use and easy to carry on one's person. More importantly, it develops surprisingly good pictures. In some cases, it was better than what we observed in the desktop printers, though it has the advantage of rendering in a smaller format. The machine is pretty affordable as well. Our main gripe about this model is that it uses a throwaway plastic paper cartridge that only holds 8 sheets — a bit wasteful by our estimation.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Kodak Mini 2 is about the size of a smartphone though a bit thicker. It renders both color and grayscale pictures with a surprising degree of fidelity to the original image. It has good tonal range, though it drops off at the darkest blacks and the whitest

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.

Performance Comparison



Likes


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.

Dislikes


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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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