Big kudos for Little Printer

Big kudos for Little Printer

We love printers of all sizes. We're not fussy, industrial, domestic, large or small.

So imagine our excitement when the Little Printer announced that it was available for pre-order.

What is Little Printer we hear you cry in anticipation? Only the cutest thing to enter the printing world.

Little Printer was announced last November by BERG Cloud. This adorable printer is less than 10cm high and could sit in the palm of your hand.

We love ink. But we have to admit that the technology in this little machine is rather exciting. The Little Printer uses white thermochromic paper which, when heated inside the printer turns black to produce an image. That's pretty cool.

This ingenious tiny printer has a section missing from the front, in the shape of a head (think Lego man head rather than creepy head). When the printer has printed your Sudoku, to do list or the day's headlines, it then prints a happy little face that fills this space. When you order your printer, you get to pick which face you would like. There are four to choose from: happy big fringe boy, wild hair girl, rock star hair man and (our favourite) nerdy glasses boy. When searching for these, bear in mind that we made these names up!

So what can it actually print? This printer is one of those things that you would really have to talk yourself into buying. Like an iPad, it's seriously cool but definitely not essential.

Right now, you can print a variety of personal feeds using Little Printer. Users can subscribe to publications like news headlines, puzzle and your friends' birthdays from sites such as foursquare, Google and the Guardian.

The app on your smartphone that accompanies the printer, BERG Cloud Remote, is used to 'organise' your printing tendencies.

Whilst this printer may appear to have a relatively limited range of resources from which to print from, the tiny device does cover several bases. The ability to print news headlines and a Sudoku will make any commute to work more interesting and the daily weather forecast will ensure you are never caught short without a brolly.

The ability to sync with your Google tasks allows users to print a 'to do list' with little boxes to place a satisfying tick next to upon completion.

Never forget another birthday again- the Little Printer will sync with your Facebook account and print out friend's birthdays a week in advance.

Admittedly, this is where the 'useful' elements of this printer stop. Whilst we are sure more companies will make their content available and tiny-sized, at the moment, the range is somewhat limited right now.

But where the practical stuff stops, the fun stuff starts. Which is what you really want from a palm-sized printer with a smiley face on the front.

Print recipes from BBC Worldwide that include seasonal ingredients and stick them to your fridge. Learn about a different butterfly every week from British Butterflies. These little fact sheets come with a beautiful (tiny) image. Print a picture of the day from your Instagram account and start a n image pin board. Or, and this is our absolute favourite, find out how many people are orbiting Earth with the How Many People Are In Space Right Now application, complete with a little (of course) picture of an astronaut.

Another great feature of this mini printer (I know right, as if you needed any more reasons) is the ability to share your printer's contact details with friends and family. Using the Berg Cloud app, messages can be sent to the printer which then prints them there and then.

Whether you stick these little pieces of paper to the fridge or use them as bookmarks, we are head over heels in love with this Little Printer.

This funky little device does however come with a slightly larger price tag. At £199 this pocket-sized printer isn't exactly pocket change.

Available for pre-order now, the first bulk of these printers will be sent out in October. Each printer is accompanied by a power adapter, the relevant cables to hook it up to your router (the device uses a 'Bridge' that plugs into your router and is in itself completely wireless) and a couple of spare rolls of that funky paper.

We will certainly be investing in one of these little guys and we hope you have just as much fun with it as we plan on having.


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