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Xiaomi's tiny photo printer looks a lot like a popular Pokemon

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What is it? The Xiaomi portable Bluetooth printer is a very small printer that is bright fluorescent yellow.

What makes it special? It looks like a cross between Pikachu, the most popular Pokémon, and a miniature printer. It's also the first printer from Chinese behemoth Xiaomi.

Why should I buy it? If you are looking for a printer that can produce Polaroid-like pictures on the go, then you won't find anything cheaper. If you can prove us wrong, let us know via Twitter

How much does it cost? This deal is available from Banggood for $65.99 (about £50/AU$90) until December 31, 2020, when you use code BGDec08 at checkout (applied to the CZ Warehouse). That's an extra $30 off the current sale price of $95.99. Overall, you get more than 40% off its suggested retail price.

$65.99 at Banggood
Cheapest price

Xiaomi portable Bluetooth printer: $109.99 $65.99 at Banggood
Save $44 by using the exclusive code BGDec08 at checkout (for the CZ warehouse). This funky little printer allows you to print on the go - and it's dressed up as Pikachu. This offer ends on December 31, 2020.

What else should we know? It uses a ZINK (Zero Ink) technology to deliver one 50mm x 76mm print in 45 seconds, with a print resolution of 313 x 400 dpi and support for up to three connected devices.

Any cons? The cost of the consumables is prohibitive at $62 per 100 prints. Other than that, as long as you can live with its intrinsic limitations (printing speed and small printing area), it makes for a decent portable printer.

Have you reviewed it? Not yet, but we've reviewed the HP Sprocket photo printer - a more expensive rival.

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Bear in mind

  • If this product ships from mainland China, it will take a month to reach either the UK or US (and potentially more). You may be levied an additional tax, either directly or through the courier.
  • If you've managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new, let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.