Prynt  - Prynt Pocket


Prynt Pocket: the instant photo printer that can be added to the iPhone

Aprox. 101€ - see price -

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The start-up Prynt had launched its first instant mobile phone printer, the Prynt Case, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that had made a real splash and had enabled it to raise more than $ 1.5 million. We are testing here the Prynt Pocket, the second more compact version with a revised and corrected handling. A success?

Positive points

Well designed and well constructed product.

Easy to use.

Honest print quality.

Reasonable photo cost.

Efficient and user-friendly application.

An extra touch of creativity thanks to augmented reality.

Bad points

Connectivity limited to the Lightning port (therefore to the iPhone) at the moment.

Produces bulky hair.

Color drift still fairly marked on the prints.

Fairly thin paper (but self-adhesive).

Our review


Like the Prynt Case, the Prynt Pocket is an accessory designed to transform your smartphone into a complete instant camera, and it benefits for this from a design and careful finishes. Available in four colors (graphite, gray, lavender and mint), it has an adjustable base to accommodate the phone and thus adapts to different sizes of smartphones. Please note, the Prynt Pocket is currently only compatible with iPhone 5S and above (classic or "more" models); an Android version is under development.

The Prynt Pocket connects to the iPhone via a Lightning port. Here, neither Bluetooth nor Wi-Fi to configure; the use is simplified, even if it means connecting the Prynt Pocket each time you want to start (or restart) an impression).

We were talking about a careful design and finish: indeed, the Prynt Pocket also acts as a handle for shooting. In addition to its coating offering good adhesion, it has a trigger and a small zoom wheel. What, by the way, improve the grip of an iPhone in the exercise of the photo. The Prynt Pocket is also well thought out when it comes to recharging Zink "films", which is done via a small removable child cartridge to install.

This neat design overall, but which still clashes in connectivity and compactness compared to other Zink portable photo printers better armed in these areas (such as the HP Sprocket), responds to a mobile application which, for once, could not be more complete. In addition to the shooting mode, it obviously allows you to go and draw in its various image directories or on online services such as Instagram or Snapchat for printing. Photos that can be edited and personalized using essential filters, texts and other emojis. Well organized and beautifully presented, this Prynt application is a joy to use.

One of the peculiarities of Prynt is to offer to play with your photos in an additional dimension, based on the concept of augmented reality. This only works with photos taken through the "Camera" function of the Prynt application, but by moving the subject for a few seconds at the time of shooting, you can then animate your images by scanning them with the sensor on his smartphone. What add an extra layer of creativity. It's a bit of a gimmick, but some members of the Prynt community who share their creations on the app's mini social network make these short "augmented" video clips amazing and often refreshing things.


Image quality

The instant prints offered by the Prynt Pocket therefore use Zink (Zero Ink) technology. Not using ink, it exploits layers of photosensitive amorphochromic crystals which are activated by heating heads. In less than a minute, the 5 x 7.6 cm (or 2 x 3 ") photos appear on very thin paper. The latter lacks rigidity for our taste, but has the advantage of having one side self-adhesive, which allows you to transform your prints into as many personalized stickers.

As always, we used a colorimetric probe to measure the drift in color rendering. The average delta E stands at 11, which is a bit better than with the HP Sprocket (11.4). The best color is pale magenta (4.7), while green is very far from the desired green (23.3). Recall that delta E measures the difference between the expected theoretical colors and the restored colors; below 3, the human eye is no longer able to detect a difference, 0 corresponding to a perfect color.

To the eye, the colors of the prints seem less saturated and more natural with the Prynt Pocket than with the HP Sprocket. The definition is however identical (313 x 400 dpi at best); sharpness is therefore required and the images are quite precise given the format of the photos, even if certain details are smoothed compared to the rendering on the screen of the smartphone.

Image quality


The Prynt Pocket is not a portable photo printer like the others. First, it is reserved for the time being for iPhone holders; it is also quite expensive for a Zink portable printer. But she has the knack of transforming your smartphone into an instant camera in a different way, by relying on a successful application panel and a complete creative experience. If you only want to print in Zink, we advise you to turn to other similar and more accessible products, but if you like the overall concept of Prynt, then you know what you have to do.