Nowadays, it’s not only easier to take photos but also you can print them instantly without the need to run to the photo studio. You can do it at home. All you need is a small photo printer. In the past, these products were basically dominated by Japanese manufacturers, and they were priced not cheap. But on December 19, Xiaomi-related Mijia announced a new crowdfunding product – the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer, with a crowdfunding price of only 499 yuan ($72). This is the half of its rivals coming our way from Japan. So everyone can enjoy the fun of printing photos at home with the least amount of money.
It reminds me of the story of the Xiaomi Mi Laser TV. Before its launch, the market was occupied by the Japanese companies that were selling their laser projectors at 100,000 yuan (around $15,000). But the first-gen Mi laser TV came at 9999 yuan (around $1500), completely changing the market. Seems the same will happen with the photo printer market. And that’s why we love Xiaomi.
Conventional home printers are large in size, high in price, and high in cost of consumables. Many consumers feel that it is inconvenient and not cost-effective to purchase a home printer for printing daily photos. This is the main reason why a compact home photo printer has emerged. The Xiaomi Mijia photo printer is specially designed for home users. It can turn your selfies, travel photos, photos with family, children, and friends into memories worth remembering in the photo frame, and the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer also does not need to insert a memory card. It simply prints the photos stored in your smartphone through the mobile app or WeChat applet.
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Simple and stylish design
First of all, in terms of design, the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer maintains the sleek and simple design of the Mi family products, and the overall appearance in white also has a hint of Nordic style. Compared with other photo printers of the same type, the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer is very minimalist, because there is only one power supply key. But we can’t say it’s limited in functions and operations. It’s done because this product is mainly used to connect to the phone and use the mobile app to complete sorting photos, printing, typesetting, etc. It’s quite easy to use, and even if people are not around the printer can remotely print their photos.
The printer package includes two boxes of the Xiaomi Mijia Photo Printer and Matching Photo Paper.
The color photo paper set is only 59 yuan ($8.5), and it includes 40 pieces. Thus, the single sheet printing cost is 1.48 yuan ($0.22).
The box includes the printer itself, the paper clip, the power supply, while the photo paper set comes with a ribbon and the photo papers.
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Quickly send photos from your phone and print directly
Let’s take a look at how to use the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer to print photos. In terms of product type, this photo printer belongs to sublimation printing with a print resolution of 300×300dpi and CMY 3-color dye sublimation printing technology. It can achieve 256 levels of color scale complete output rendering. Sublimation technology can present more rich color levels and wider color gamut, ensuring better color reproduction. There are 655 vents designed independently. In order to ensure a stylish appearance and sufficient opening ratio, those 655 holes have 12 different sizes of apertures that improve the color reproduction and ensure the stability of continuous printing.
First of all, we need to put the photographic paper ribbon into the printer. The Xiaomi Mijia photo printer ribbon slot is located on the side of the fuselage. Just follow the prompts to put the cartridge into it. Also, pay attention to check the color before loading it. Check whether the ink paper is tight or not and where there is slack or not. Otherwise, the printing may not be successful.
- Open the protective cover of the print head.
- Put the photo papers into the clip, which has an L-shaped photo paper adapter.
- Insert it into the printer.
It is worth mentioning that the photo paper clip of the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer is very ‘clever’. The opening can be adjusted to balance the photo paper clip and the print head component.
- After connecting the power, press the power button to print the photo.
Since the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer is for sublimation printing, it will print three primary colors separately, plus adding the protective film at the end. From pressing the print button to finishing printing, the whole process takes about one minute, and the efficiency is still relatively high. The last film helps prevent fading and makes the photo become dust-proof, water-repellent, and anti-fingerprint, while the photo dye factor is protected from gas, light or moisture. Thus, the color of the photo is more durable.
How to print the photos stored on the phone?
To use the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer to print the photos from the smartphone, you have to do it through the mobile app. Just download the ‘Mijia app’ from the application market. But you can also use the WeChat to add the Mijia program to operate. As for the iPhone user, they can print directly through Airprint. Today, we take the ‘Mijia app’ as an example to see how to realize the photo printing.
First, download the ‘Mijia app’ and add the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer to the list.
When adding the device, the phone will prompt the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer to connect to your WiFi. It is mainly convenient for remote control after connection through the home network. Other brands of the same type of printers also have WiFi connectivity, but most of them are just connected to the phone’s WiFi hotspot to implement the printing through it. Thus, they cannot print remotely. From this point of view, this Xiaomi Mijia photo printer is very convenient and smarter.
After entering the software, open the phone album and select the photos you want to print. By the way, you can select multiple photos.
You can use various filters before printing.
Through the app, you can not only select the photos and print them but also select whether the printed photo needs a white border or print a Polaroid-style photo. You can even adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation. There is also a variety of optional filters to make ordinary photos look more expressive.
Select ‘Bordered photos’ to add a frame to the photos. The border width can also be adjusted in the app.
The printer photo after selecting Polaroid style
More practically, the app also embeds the ID card template, and you can choose any common document photo template (1 inch, 2 inch, and other common document sizes, visa photo templates for each country), and can print various specifications of the ID card at home. It is especially suitable for business people and users with children at home. Simply select a template from the photo in your phone to create multiple photo IDs, print them on 6-inch photo paper, and crop them yourself.
In addition to the size templates of different national visas, the ID card template also has an avatar distance prompt when taking pictures.
The photo printed by the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer compared with the original photo in the smartphone
Although the operation is very simple, the photos are great in terms of color, contrast, and clarity. They are the same as on the phone. Undoubtedly, the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer supports the largest print resolution of 300×300 dpi, and the performance of the 1.256 level is indisputable.
The printed photo put into the photo frame
In the experience of this Xiaomi Mijia photo printer, we also found an interesting thing. In the past, other types of printer paper clips need to be stored separately, and it is not convenient. The Xiaomi Mijia photo printer adopts the integrated design of the magnetic paper box, which saves space on the desktop. The magnetic paper box design can also facilitate the integrated storage and protection of the photo paper after printing.
The suction of the printer and the carton is very strong. Even if it is turned over, the carton will not fall.
The Final Words
The Xiaomi Mijia Photo Printer is the first printer in its type made by this company. Of course, there has been the Xiaomi Xprint Phone Photo Printer. But it belongs to another category. Well, the first thing caught our eyes is the price. It costs way less than the rest of the products available on the market. Secondly, in the photo print quality, the Xiaomi Mijia photo printer has a high resolution, basically no difference from the photo printed by the print shop. But it is so convenient that it can be used anytime, anywhere. In addition, you can also make various settings when printing, such as filters, ID photos, and so on. And I think its most powerful point is that you can print photos from your smartphone quickly and easily through the app. You can print photos at home or outside, and the operation is extremely simple.