Planon PS905 PrintStik – Printing Goes Mini
Submitted by Anil George on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:51
Great concept, perfection is a few OS
In terms of first impressions, the Planon
PS905 PrintStik ticks all the right boxes. Very handy miniscule size,
pretty smooth design, and the fact that you don’t need to refill paper
thanks to an inbuilt roll. The device is touted as the smallest mobile
printer, handy to printout a missing Air Ticket, or a few random notes
you typed in the night before. The portability element apart, definite
highlights include minimal moving parts for printing and the thermal ink
factor, meaning cost efficiency.
Installing the device was a synch, and soon enough we were printing a
page. Interestingly, the paper roll is installed inside the device,
meaning it’s just a question of attaching your device to the laptop and
pressing Ctrl P. The paper prints at a decent speed, the spec sheet
claims up to 3 pages per minute, it comes out in one of those thermal
papers that you get at your ATM. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t take
in double spaces, meaning even if you type just 4 lines across an entire
A4, the 4 get compressed and print. Pretty smart, that bit. Once the
print is done, you merely tear out the paper.
The fact that you have to purchase the preloaded paper cartridge @ USD
29.99 for a set of 3 might seem an indulgence, but the thermal printing
makes up for it in cost. Now, on to the not so great side… Lets assume
lack of support for USB 3.0 is okay, but this device doesn’t support
Windows 7, Windows 8 or Android. Huge downers, those.
Still, with OS Support updated, this could well be in every techie’s
must-have list. The brand is constantly getting in the ‘first ever’
category [they recently launched the world’s smallest full page color
scanner, which can scans with voice recordings to mobile devices], so we
could expect an upgrade soon enough….
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