Touted by its producer because the world’s smallest inkjet printer, the Selpic P1 ($99 by way of September 2020; $199 thereafter) is a palm-size gadget appropriate for printing immediately on an array of objects and supplies. It resembles the Editors’ Alternative Colop e-mark “digital rubber stamp” I reviewed right here in February. Just like the $349.99 e-mark, the P1 is designed for printing labels, bar codes, QR codes, logos, and different imprints on a wide range of media, starting from paper and label inventory to material and packaging materials. An vital distinction between the P1, the Colop e-mark, and another handheld printers is that whereas the Selpic helps a number of ink colours, it will probably use solely one after the other, whereas some competing gadgets mix base colours to ship full-color prints. Given its low worth, ease of use, and good print high quality, nevertheless, it is a reasonable, helpful technique of labeling, bar coding, and adorning absolutely anything, and subsequently a logical Editors’ Alternative for low-cost handheld printers.
An Elaborate Colour Pen
The P1 measures zero.94 by 1.2 by 5.1 inches (HWD) and weighs about two-tenths of a pound. That is about one-third the width and top of the Colop and virtually a full pound lighter. In different phrases, it is like carrying subsequent to nothing.
As you’ll be able to see within the picture beneath, it is about the identical size as a standard pen, and fairly snug to carry and use.
Along with the P1, Selpic additionally plans to supply (out there “earlier than Christmas”) the S1, a square-shaped handheld based mostly on comparable expertise, for $149, and a quick-drying-ink iteration for $199.
The P1 helps eight totally different ink colours, every in its particular person cartridge, one after the other. In different phrases, it is a monochrome printer with eight swappable colours. The cartridges (every has its personal printhead, which, amongst different issues, lets you swap colours with out having to fret about spilling ink) slips right into a compartment on the backside of the machine, and there’s a tight-fitting cap that slips over the printhead and successfully protects towards leaking. (Every time I touched the printhead with my fingers, or by chance touched it to a different object or floor, slightly ink was left behind.)
The eight colours are black, cyan, inexperienced, mild cyan, mild magenta, magenta, pink, and yellow. We’ll speak extra in regards to the ink and economics momentarily. In the meantime, the Selpic P1 is actually a wi-fi inkjet printer that you simply drag throughout a floor like a pen. A picture that you simply put together within the bundled software program and obtain to the printer wirelessly (additionally mentioned in a second) is what prints.
The P1 can print on a wide range of supplies, together with paper, textile, cloth, leather-based, and wooden. It may well even print on slanted or different uneven surfaces. You may as well maintain the pen vertically and alter the printing course from left to proper or proper to left—helpful for left-handed customers. The printer churns at 600 by 600 dpi, and the cartridge printheads sport 300 nozzles, every of which might, based on the corporate, inject 18 million drops per second.
The P1 has a built-in 7-volt lithium-polymer battery. Charging is quick, achieved over a USB Kind-C connection (cable included). If you do not have a USB-C port in your desktop, laptop computer, or cell machine, you will must buy a comparatively cheap Kind-C energy provide.
The Selpic Helpful Printer App
For essentially the most half, the app that operates the P1 is very like the apps designed to work with label printers. It has a small canvas on which you’ll be able to add and format kind, borders, and such, in addition to create, edit, and import images and line artwork. This one, Selpic Helpful Printer, although, may be very fundamental, extra so in the way in which that it appears to be like than in what it does.
Along with importing, creating, and enhancing your individual easy graphics, you should use the photographs in your telephone cloud storage websites. Take into account, although, that your photographs will print in a really simplistic monochrome hue, relatively than full shade. The Helpful Printer app additionally helps barcodes and QR codes.
Efficiency and Output High quality
Evaluating this sort of handheld printer’s print pace to some other kind of printer’s efficiency doesn’t make sense. The Selpic P1, the Colop e-mark, and different handhelds like this often print their typically minuscule content material as quick as you’ll be able to drag the printer over the floor of the fabric you have chosen to label. Inside purpose, after all; you will not get good outcomes from dashing.
Use a clean, fluid, positive stroke, and it is best to get good output, although it did take a number of apply strokes for me to get the cling of it. It additionally took a number of strokes to get , clean stream of ink from new cartridges. As soon as I obtained the approach down and ink flowing strongly by way of the P1’s veins, getting handsome prints wasn’t tough. Textual content got here out well-shaped and extremely legible, and graphics and images had been typically a reduce above what I anticipated from so easy a tool.
Price of Possession
Right here once more, determining how a lot this printer prices to make use of—its per-page operating prices, if you’ll—is nothing just like the process for assessing the working prices of a standard inkjet printer. The ink cartridges checklist for $59, however as I wrote this, they bought for $39. Selpic says single cartridge is sweet for 90 letter-size “pages” with 5 p.c ink protection.
Utilizing these numbers, that comes out to about 43 cents per full-size web page. Relying on what you truly print, although, a letter-size web page may maintain as many as 40 or 50 Selpic prints. (The P1 helps output as much as about half an inch excessive by about 20 inches lengthy.) Therefore, in case your prints run zero.5 inch by three inches, ink will run you below 2 cents per print. That’s about twice as a lot because the Colop e-mark, however the operating prices for each machines are greater than cheap.
A Fast, Handy Marker
The Selpic P1 is slightly light-weight for heavy-duty marking or labeling, however it’s nicely fitted to dwelling and small-office use. I attempted it on nearly every little thing—paper, wooden, glass, metallic, images, and extra—and, for essentially the most half, it labored fairly nicely.
Selpic claims that the ink is fast-drying, and principally it’s, although non-porous, arduous surfaces like glass and metallic required lengthy dry occasions, and on one glass jar it by no means actually dried in any respect. In any case, the gadget is small, mild, straightforward to make use of, and simple on the funds, making it a sensible choice to be used round the home and our new prime decide within the rising class of low-cost handheld printers or digital rubber stamps.
Selpic P1 Specs
|Colour or Monochrome||Monochrome|
|Connection Kind||Bluetooth, USB-C, Wi-fi|
|Variety of Ink Colours||eight|
|Variety of Ink Cartridges/Tanks||eight|
|Direct Printing From Media Playing cards||No|
|Direct Printing From USB Thumb Drives||No|
|LCD Preview Display screen||No|