Computing on-the-go couldn’t be easier with the bevvy of smart phones, laptops and netbooks on the market. But printing documents while away from the home or office is a whole ‘nother story — until now. PlanOn’s Printstik PS905ME printer provides completely portable printing power. The lightweight, mobile printer utilizes rechargeable batteries and thermal printing technology so folks can print documents without needing outlets or wasteful ink cartridges.
While other portable printers exist, PlanOn boasts the smallest, lightest printer on the market. The Printstik weighs in at 1.5 pounds and measures 2x2x11 inches, making it tiny enough to fit inside a laptop bag, purse or deep coat pocket. Rather than relying on messy and wasteful ink cartridges, the Printstik incorporates thermal technology to produce monochrome prints. Each device holds one roll of paper (about 20 sheets of regular letter-sized paper), and can hook up to computers and some smartphones.
In terms of green cred, eliminating toner cartridges can save a whole lot of packaging waste, especially given how quickly ink supplies can run out. Plus, the printer derives its power from Lithium-ion polymer rechargeable batteries. Rechargeable batteries are certainly more earth-friendly than disposables, but it’s a safe bet that mobile printers can save more energy than traditional, plug-in printers. This is especially true in office environments, where people tend to leave printers turned on or plugged in all day, even when the devices aren’t in use.
Perhaps rechargeable batteries would be a wise choice for many consumer electronics because it would incentivize conserving power, rather than wasting valuable electricity through vampire power consumption. Still, PlanOn’s printer does run slower than traditional printers and the quality doesn’t compare to that of laser printers, so the Printstik not be appropriate for all environments.