Using a printer as a tool for bullet journaling has always been something I’ve been curious about, so I was super excited when Phomemo reached out to me about reviewing their pocket printer. I’ve had a lot of fun trying it out, and I’m happy to be sharing my review today with you all.
I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion on the product.
There are a decent amount of mini printers out there, but I think the concept behind the Phomemo printer is one that really stands out—it doesn’t require any ink, and instead uses heat technology to print, which I think is really cool.
The printer uses a USB charging system, and the battery life seems to be pretty long—so far, I’ve only had to charge mine once, and from what I’ve read about the printer, three hours of charging will make it last up to two weeks.
Another great aspect of the printer is that it prints through an app and connects to your phone using Bluetooth. My phone connected with the printer seamlessly, and I’ve been able to print both photos and text.
I had a bit of trouble figuring out how to set up the printer itself and how to set up the paper roll, but after I figured it out, I haven’t had any problems with the printer functioning.
The paper that I’ve been using with the printer is sticker paper, which has been pretty awesome for me, because I’ve been able to print photos and stick them right into my bullet journal. The sticker paper has been super easy to use in my journal, and when it prints, there’s a little lip that makes it easy to peel the sticker away from the backing. Transparent paper is also available as a refill, which sounds pretty neat.
One other strength that I’ll add is that the printer comes in a nice variety of colors—it’s available in cyan (that’s the one that I have—the color is gorgeous), white, pink, black, and even a piano design.
There are a few ways in which I feel the printer could be improved: firstly, I would be really happy if the printer was able to print in color. (It currently only prints in black and white.)
I also feel that the photo quality could definitely be improved. When printing less detailed images that I found online, they turned out pretty clearly, but when printing some photos, the quality hasn’t been quite as great, and I feel that image quality is pretty important for a printer.
The only other downside I’ve noticed is that, according to the Phomemo website, images printed from thermal printers eventually fade, which is a bummer, but they look pretty cool right now.
Overall, I think that the Phomemo printer has a lot of really great ideas behind it. It could use some refining—I would love if it could print in color, and I think that the photo quality could be improved—but it definitely has lots of potential.
Do you ever print things and put them in your bullet journal? Chat with me in the comments!