Polaroid GL10 Instant 3X4 Mobile Printer for Digital Cameras and Smart Camera Phones
6 March 2015
Excerpt: The GL 10 is the very definition of a portable printer. It's small enough to fit in your backpack or handbag and creates instant prints with only a cursory amount of hookup to any source containing digital images. So your smartphone, your digital camera, your PC or laptop are all prime candidates for use with Polaroid's little photo printer.
Conclusion: Ultimately the product is about printing photographs, and it simply doesn’t do that very well. I’m a little apprehensive now regarding the upcoming camera. If the quality is the same, then it’s not going to be worth buying no matter how cool it looks. If you want a fun, cool way to make instant pictures, there are a few cameras like the Lomo Diana F+ I reviewed last year that use Fujifilm Instax film, which ends up costing a little more but is much more fun to use.
Pros: Handsome, fairly compact design, Negligible setup, Photos really do print more or less instantly
Cons: Prints have smeary, desaturated color and poor resolution, Around a dollar per shot means it ain’t cheap either
Summary: Offering the ability to print Gaga-fied images from your smartphone, printer, and digital camera, the Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer ($169) makes a great party gadget. The fun borders and effects options will provide you with some cute snapshots, and the GL10's portability and ease of use means the printer can go anywhere with you. Still, the pricey ZINK paper didn't deliver the most accurate colors, and you don't get iOS support.
Conclusion: If all you want to do is print photos the GL10 is a reasonable option. The printing quality is good and fast. We thought colours looked a little washed out, but as a printer you can comfortably keep in your bag the GL10 is a pretty impressive unit.