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Dell makes Wasabi handheld printer official

updated 12:15 pm EST, Tue February 10, 2009

Dell Wasabi PZ310 Printer

After teasing the device at CES, Dell today launched its Wasabi PZ310 printer. The handheld, 7-ounce design is a companion to digital cameras that support PictBridge over USB as well as most Bluetooth-equipped devices, letting users print away from home. Dell uses a relatively new ZINK (zero-ink) technology borrowed from Polaroid that relies on a layer in the paper itself to print an image without having to use either an inkjet tank or a laser toner cartridge.

The printer can produce a full color, 2x3-inch image in about a minute and has an adhesive back that lets users print out labels. The hardware takes most of the work away from Bluetooth devices, letting any device that can initiate a common Bluetooth file transfer send the photos while the Wasabi handles the tasks that would otherwise need specific Bluetooth printing support.

Dell says the PZ310 is available today and will start out at a $99 sale price that will eventually creep back to $149. The company explicitly warns that the iPhone isn't currently compatible but suggests this may change in the future.






by MacNN Staff

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  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    wasabi

    What's up with the naming? Can they find a better device name for this printer?

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Disposable batteries?

    ... if correct @ $35US a pop would seem a bit out of sync with both economic & environmental considerations...?

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    How much is the paper?

    So they don't rape us with the ink... I guess they're going to have to rape us with the paper...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: disposable batteries

    Where are you getting the batteries are 'disposable'? They're rechargable, like a standard laptop battery.

    And the iPhone will never be compatible. It would require apple to add bluetooth support to the iPhone, and if they haven't done that in the first 2 years, its hard to imagine they'll be doing that anytime soon.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Polaroid Pogo

    So uh, this is a Polaroid Pogo with a translucent pink plastic cover.

  1. gor3don

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    bluetooth?

    I didn't know my iPod Touch had bluetooth. Don't see it anywhere here.

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