The Zink Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3x4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer (Yellow), also known as the Polaroid Pop Instant Print, is a small portable camera that doubles as a printer. It\u2019s a product that\u2019s very obviously being propped up on two merits: it\u2019s got the Polaroid brand attached to it, and it has a cute, novel design that makes it appear to be a fun toy to pick up. Its middling print quality and hyper-focus on pictures prevents it from coming anywhere close to being the best portable printer, but it still makes for a novel stocking stuffer or gift, particularly for fans of older Polaroid cameras.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Zink Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3x4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer (Yellow)\r\nThe Zink Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3x4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer (Yellow) is a cheap mobile printer that shines thanks to its novelty. It\u2019s a portable instant camera in addition to serving as a portable printer that prints pictures from your smartphone with a cute design and enough novel value to serve as a neat but pricey stocking stuffer.\r\n\r\nSpeed\r\nPolaroid claims the device is capable of instant printing, but Polaroid\u2019s claims couldn\u2019t be any further than reality. In the real world, the printer is slow; to put it into scope, printers are typically rated by pages per minute but Polaroid, ever the bold innovator, has introduced a new metric--minutes per page. Indeed, the Zink Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3x4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer (Yellow) takes over a minute to print out a single small-sized photo print; this is a marvel of engineering, truly a product of the ages. While this is admittedly not a bad figure in a vacuum--full-sized portable printers like the HP OfficeJet 200 take around 40 seconds to print an image, albeit at a larger size and with vastly superior quality--this printer can only print pictures, and small, low quality ones at that.\r\nPrint Quality\r\nSpeed\u2019s a bust, so surely Polaroid went for quality over quantity here, right? If you guessed \u201cno\u201d, \u201cnope\u201d, \u201cno-siree\u201d, or any variation thereof, you guessed correctly. To be fair, at $99, print quality really isn\u2019t terrible; images are blurry, sure, but it\u2019s $99. Spending just double that (or in common cases, merely 50% more than that), however, gets you the vastly superior Canon Pixma iP110, which works as a proper printer rather than a small photo printer all while offering vastly superior print quality and superior versatility (not that that\u2019s a high bar).\r\nEfficiency\r\nEfficiency is yet another bust for the Zink Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3x4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer. To Polaroid\u2019s credit, they actually do something unique with it; the \u201cZink\u201d in the product\u2019s name is shorthand for \u201czero-ink\u201d, which refers to a specific type of paper you put into the printer for output. It uses pressure to mix pre-applied \u201cink\u201d on the paper, which then of course gives you the image; that\u2019s pretty cool. The downside to this approach, however, is that replacement paper is very, very expensive; you\u2019re looking at a very expensive $2 per page, a dramatic increase over the already-exorbitantly-high running costs of an inefficient printer like the Epson WorkForce WF-110. It\u2019s fine for a few prints (which, to be fair, is likely what most users will end up doing), but if you\u2019re printing from it regularly, it poses a very glaring question: why not just buy a better, pricier printer?\r\nAdvanced Features\r\nSurprisingly, Polaroid nailed the inclusion of advanced features on the Zink Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3x4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer, though they didn\u2019t nail the execution. The device is touchscreen operated and connects to both Android and iOS smartphones, and it comes with a camera that takes pictures and shoots video. It doubles as a media playback device as well, and there\u2019s of course WiFi support. It\u2019s intended to be used with a phone, however, which makes its advanced inclusions questionable. Its software is sluggish and unintuitive, its touchscreen is mediocre, and its camera is terrible; it would have made more sense for it to ditch the camera and just interface with a smartphone to do mobile prints, particularly when its camera is incredibly mediocre.\r\nValue\r\nOf everything Polaroid missed the mark with on this product, value is probably the largest. $99 is tantalizingly close to getting you a real, full-sized printer with vastly superior print quality and a fraction of a fraction of the running costs. If it was half the price (or, even better, a quarter of the price), it would be an easy recommendation just for the novel value alone, but at $99 it\u2019s just too expensive to be worthwhile for most prospective buyers.\r\nZink Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3x4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer (Yellow) Wrap-up\r\nAsk yourself one question: do you intend on using this product as a serious printer at any point? If your answer to that question is \u201cyes\u201d, do not buy the Zink Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3x4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer. If you\u2019re buying it as a gift, or just for the novelty, it\u2019s not a terrible purchase; that\u2019s clearly it\u2019s intended purpose, and on that merit it truly does make for a fun novelty. Its zero-ink technology is a very cool idea, and the idea of a portable camera that prints portable pictures for personal pleasure is a fun one; it\u2019s just priced a bit too high for what it is.