The Bottom Line
If you need a printing solution that allows you to take advantage of working wirelessly and in small spaces the PocketJet 3 Plus is worth considering.
- Portable solution for printing documents on the road.
- Easy to set up and print from.
- Can be used with ISB connection or via Bluetooth or IrDA.
- Sturdy design.
- No ink cartridges to worry about or replace.
- Cannot print in color.
- Must buy special thermal paper.
- Dimensions: Height: 1.18" (30 mm), Width: 10.04" (255 mm), Depth: 2.17" (55 mm).
- Weight: 1.12 lb. (513 g) including battery, .89 lb. (403 g) without battery.
- Accepts paper sizes: Letter, Legal, A4 or smaller.
- Direct thermal printing. Uses sheets of thermal paper or rolls of thermal paper.
- Interface: USB 1.1, integrated Bluetooth and IrDA.
- Compatibility: Windows - 95 (IRDA only), 98, Me, 2000, CE/CE.NET, XP, Linux, Mac OSX,
- Con't: PocketPC/Windows Mobile, PalmOS, RIM Symbian/EPOC.
- Operates on battery only (100 pages per charge) or AC/DC power source.
- Includes: Pocketjet 3 Plus, padded case, Ni-MH battery, AC adapter & cord, USB cable & box of paper.
- One year parts and labor. 24-HOUR "Hot Swap" service and extended warranty programs available.
Guide Review - Pentax PocketJet 3 Plus Portable Printer with Bluetooth and IrDA
One of the best features of the PocketJet 3 Plus portable printer is the fact that you can use it with USB, Bluetooth or IrDA. Having the capability to print wirelessly is a great advantage for mobile professionals. You can print from wherever you happen to be working and you dont always need an external power source either.
I was pleased with the printing results of the PocketJet 3 Plus; I printed documents with a variety of fonts and included some graphics. The images were fuzzy but for me this printer is not meant as a photo or image printer. I would use it for documents or forms that would normally take up space and weight with my other mobile gear.
It prints quickly and while some may feel that thermal printing is an option of last resort, I had no problems. Once a document was printed I could use a pen to mark it or even a hi-lighter. In the User Manual it does suggest you dont use a solvent-based marker on the pages.
One item I get particularly concerned with for any mobile gear is the User Manual. I always insist that mobile professionals read their User Manual before even setting up their gear and finding mobile gear that has clear and complete User Manuals is not always easy. The PocketJet 3 Plus User Manual is one of those manuals that is easy to follow and includes all the information that you need.