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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
Kodak Mini 2 HD
Credit: Jason Peters
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Price:   $100 List | $74.99 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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Pros Relatively good image quality, easy to set up, useful appConsistent color, easy set-up, broad format optionsEasy to use, decent resolution, prints common sizesUser-friendly, sharp images, affordable, playfulConvenient, simple, inexpensive, bluetooth connectivity
Cons Wasteful paper refills, limited dynamic range, single size formatMicrobanding in grayscale, relatively low definition in dark areasMicrobanding in larger formats, off skin tones, over saturationLimited print sizes, limited tray capacityRelatively low resolution, single print dimension
Bottom Line This easy to use, portable printer has relatively few drawbacks and is a lot of funThis low-cost, full-sized machine delivers high-end resultsAn easy to use mid-size printer at a good priceThis portable printer kicks out quality 4" x 6" prints anytime, anywhereThis portable printer captures the fun of the old Polaroid cameras but with a fresh twist
Rating Categories Kodak Mini 2 HD Epson Expression HD... Canon PIXMA TR4520 Canon SELPHY CP1300 Canon IVY
Color (35%)
3.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Black And White (35%)
4.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Print Capabilities (15%)
3.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
3.0
Operating Cost (10%)
4.0
7.0
5.0
7.0
6.0
Set Up (5%)
9.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
9.0
Specs Kodak Mini 2 HD Epson Expression HD... Canon PIXMA TR4520 Canon SELPHY CP1300 Canon IVY
Resolutioin (dots per inch) Unspecified 5760 x 1440 4800 x 1200 300 x 300 314 x 400
Max photo deminsions (inches) 2.1" x 3.4" 13" x 44" 8" x 10" 4" x 6" 2" x 3"
Cost per print (4" x 6" or mini print) $0.68 $0.45 $0.58 $0.43 $0.50
Machine deminsions (HxWxD inches) 1" x 3" x 5.2" 6.3" x 18.7" x 14.5" 7.5" x 17.2" x 11.7" 2.5" x 7.1" x 5.4" 0.7" x 3.2" x 4.7"
Printing technology Dye sublimation thermal transfer Inkjet (Piezo DOD) Inkjet (Theromal DOD) Inkjet (Dye- sublimation) In paper, thermal-activated dye
Print time per 4" x 6" (or mini print) 61 seconds 34 seconds 128 seconds 51 seconds 40 seconds
Color palette (ink cartridges) N/A Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray, Red Black plus color cartridge N/A N/A
LCD screen No Yes No Yes No
Touch Screen No No No No No
Battery Yes No No Yes (sold separately) Yes
Memory cards supported N/A N/A N/A SD, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, miniSDHC, microSD microSDHC and microSDXC N/A
Ink type N/A Dye-based Pigment (black) and dye-based (color) Dye-based N/A
Roller paper No No No No No
Connectivity NFC, USB Port, Wi-Fi Direct 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
Hi-Speed USB
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n wireless networking, 2.4 GHz)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN, 2.4 GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g)
Memory Card Slot
PictBridge (USB) & Wireless PictBridge (Wireless LAN)
Hi-Speed USB (Cable not included)
USB Flash Memory
Blutooth
Operating system requirements Android, iOS 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
Windows:12 Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1
Mac:13 Mac OS X v10.10.x - macOS v10.12 (Sierra)
Mobile Operating Systems:14 iOS, Androidâ„¢, Windows 10 Mobile, Amazon Fire devices15
Android, iOS
Scanner No No Yes (bed and feed) No No

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


Credit: Laura Casner

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.

Credit: Laura Casner

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.

Credit: Laura Casner

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

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