Ultra-small; extremely portable; Bluetooth; rechargeable battery
Ok print quality
Polaroid, a name once synonymous with photos, has been on a decline since before Instagram became popular. Still, the brand has been re-invigorated, paired with the Lady Gaga brand (for some reason unclear to us) and now comes attached to a nifty little photo printer called the GL10.
The GL10 is billed as ‘a slick, easy to use appliance that produces the Classic Polaroid 3 x 4 inch prints, with or without white border, in just 50 seconds’.
Launched in Australia a year ago, but largely unavailable due to high demand, the GL10 prints using an inkless printing technology called ‘Zink’ (Zero Ink). ‘Zink’ print technology relies on special photo paper that contains colour-forming chemistry which is activated during the printing process.
At only 425g, the GL10 is small and light enough to carry around when needed. The built-in Bluetooth is all but useless for iOS users, however Bluetooth printing can be used from your Mac. Android users are able to print wireless via Bluetooth using the Polaroid app, available for download in the Google Play store.
Prints from the GL10 are very durable; the ZINK paper is both smudge-proof and comes with a water resistant coating. The rechargeable battery is good for about 40 prints, which is more than a standard pack of ZINK paper which will set you back $30.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
If all you want to do is print photos the GL10 is a reasonable option. The printing quality is good and fast. We thought colours looked a little washed out, but as a printer you can comfortably keep in your bag the GL10 is a pretty impressive unit.