The Kodak Mini 2 HD printer is easy to use and easy to carry on one's person. It develops surprisingly good photographs. In some cases, it was better than what we observed in desktop printers, though it has the advantage of rendering in a smaller format. Our main gripe is that it uses a throwaway plastic paper cartridge that holds eight sheets — a bit wasteful by our estimation.Editor's Note: We updated this review for the Kodak Mini 2 HD on March 28, 2022, with an unbiased take on value and suggestions for other products that may better suit your needs and budget.
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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|Pros||Relatively good image quality, easy to set up, useful app||Consistent color, easy set-up, broad format options||Easy to use, decent resolution, prints common sizes||User-friendly, sharp images, affordable, playful||Convenient, simple, inexpensive, bluetooth connectivity|
|Cons||Wasteful paper refills, limited dynamic range, single size format||Microbanding in grayscale, relatively low definition in dark areas||Microbanding in larger formats, off skin tones, over saturation||Limited print sizes, limited tray capacity||Relatively low resolution, single print dimension|
|Bottom Line||This easy to use, portable printer has relatively few drawbacks and is a lot of fun||This low-cost, full-sized machine delivers high-end results||An easy to use mid-size printer at a good price||This portable printer kicks out quality 4" x 6" prints anytime, anywhere||This 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|
|Black and White (35%)|
|Print Capabilities (15%)|
|Operating Cost (10%)|
|Set up (5%)|
|Specs||Kodak Mini 2 HD||Epson Expression HD...||Canon PIXMA TR4520||Canon SELPHY CP1300||Canon IVY|
|Resolution (dots per inch)||Unspecified||5760 x 1440||4800 x 1200||300 x 300||314 x 400|
|Max photo dimensions||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 dimensions||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|
|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|
|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
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
|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, Android™, Windows 10 Mobile, Amazon Fire devices15
|Scanner||No||No||Yes (bed and feed)||No||No|
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 five photos at a time. That way, you can set the machine aside and come back to photographs that you can hand out to your friends and family.
The main problem we have with this printer is that its photo paper comes in a heavy plastic cartridge. The cartridge is not reusable, and it only holds eight sheets of instant print paper. When you're done, you just throw it away. Additionally, the paper costs 68 cents a sheet, which is the high-end for instant paper.
We also had a problem with the machine turning itself off while 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), but we liked being able to fill the queue with photos, so we didn't have to sit the machine while it worked.
Should You Buy the Kodak Mini 2 HD?
The Kodak Mini 2 HD is one of the better mini printers that we have had the pleasure to test. This machine renders fine 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.
What Other Photo Printers Should You Consider?
Occasionally we review products worth exactly what they cost — the Kodak Mini 2 HD is just such a product. Interestingly, the award-winning Canon IVY offers more performance from a mini printer at the same price point. If you want more versatility in print size, the mid-sized Canon PIXMA TR4520 also costs the same amount but offers substantially better print capability than these mini-printers.
— Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer
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