Review Date : Wed, 1 Nov 2006
Author : WDC Team
Tabletop photo printer for 6x4inch prints ........
|Cons:||Just two card slots, no wireless options, average|
In the past couple of years there’s been a huge expansion in the small-format printer market, with models from Epson, HP and other print companies, as well as from more unusual firms such as Sagem, Samsung and Sony.
The FP55 fits in the middle of the market, producing 6x4in prints either from PC (via PictBridge) or using either of two card slots – for Memory Stick cards and Secure Digital format. Unfortunately the printer doesn’t have CF or XD slots, so cameras with those cards would need to be connected via USB. This isn’t an obvious phone-camera printer either, with no iRDA or Bluetooth, though again USB would work with most phonecams.
Print quality is about average for these units. We've seen a lot worse, but generally prints are a bit flat, while colours are a tad on the blue/magenta side. Detail doesn’t match that of a good inkjet, but it’s okay for quick snaps. And at £100 it’s about average in price too.
Offering few special features and with dull images.