We often get reader e-mail questions about portable printers and I know we originally mentioned the Pentax line of printers early in 2005. I decided to briefly research what their offerings were today since back then we had very limited details.
Mobile printing is nice but apparently not cheap: the Pentax PocketJet 3 offers just about everything you could need and it retails for $449; if you want to drop the "Plus" and move from 300 dpi to 200 dpi, you can save about a $100.
So what does $450 get you? Quite a bit actually; the thermal printer weighs just over a pound with the rechargeable battery inside and is a skimpy 1.18" x 10" by 2..17" in size. You’ll get 3 pages per minute and you can print about 100 pages on a single charge; within two hours, you’re fully charged again. Connectivity is available through USB, Infrared (IrDA) and integrated Bluetooth, which is nice. Best of all, Pentax offers drivers for more devices and Operating Systems than you can shake a stick at: Windows® 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, CE – Symbian EPOC – Mac® OSX – Linux – Palm OS® – Pocket PC®.
At this price, I’d have to have a pretty demanding combination of mobile printing and multiple device support and there are certainly less expensive alternatives out there, but thought this was worth a mention.