Daily Giz Wiz 613: Planon Printstik

Episode 613 of the podcast

Planon Printstik
Subject: Review of Planon Printstik
Released:Wednesday 16 July 2008
Length:about 15 minutes
Download file:dgw0613.mp3 (6.8 MB)

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Short info

Print on the run from your laptop or BlackBerry with the Bluetooth-enabled PLANon Printstik.

Detailed information

The PLANon Printstik PS910 is a portable handheld printer which works with Windows and Blackberry phones.  It's 1" x 10.75" x 1.5" in size, 1.5 lb in weight, and prints black and white on to custom thermal paper (20 pages in one paper cartridge).  As with most thermal paper, it only prints up to the end of the document, so that a single print job does not necessarily use up a full page.  Connection can be via USB or Bluetooth.  Print resolution is up to 200 x 400 dpi, print speed is 3 pages per minute.  It uses a rechargeable battery, a full charge of which can print 30 pages.

It comes with an AC charger, one roll of paper cartridge, and an installation CD.  For $50 more, you can get the PS950 which includes a car adapter, a USB cord and an executive hardshell case for the cables and chargers, although the car adapter can be bought separately as an accessory for $30.  The refill paper cartridges are currently sold in packs of 3 for $25 (i.e. 60 pages, about 42 cents per page), or packs of 9 for $60 (about 33 cents per page).

Back to Square One

As the Chatroom noted while this episode was being recorded, Dick has previously covered another PLANon product, the DocuPen portable scanner, the very first gadget covered in DGW, Episode 1.

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... for DGW, GoToMeeting, which Andy Marken used to show Dick a demonstration of Cyberlink's MediaShow 4 (Episode 583).  Listeners can try it for free for 30 days, at www.gotomeeting.com/gizwiz.  According to Dick's Digital Day Counter (Episode 611), it's been 195 days since the last cheque.  However long ago it was, It's been too long.

DownThemAll !

DGW marathon listener JR Rodriguez IV (see Episode 600) wants to thank Ludwik Trammer especially, for helping him download all 577 past episodes of DGW by setting up a special webpage for JR with all the right download links.  JR then used the Mozilla Firefox extension DownThemAll ! to download all the links on that page.

Any listeners who need to catch up with past episodes and want more convenient access to the download links can use the same webpage, at www.gizwizsearch.int.pl/list2.php, which automatically adds new episodes to the list.

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