TECH KNOW: Smart tools - Brother m-print

TECH KNOW: Smart tools - Brother m-print - What is it?

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

What is it?

A mobile printer for laptops and Pocket PCs (but not Palm Pilots). Brother's claim that it is the world's smallest will have geeks everywhere rubbing their hairy palms together in anticipation. It's compact, but at 300g and 100 x 160mm makes a lump in the pocket.

What does it do?

It prints - from laptops via a USB port, from PDAs through a wireless infra-red link - on special thermal paper and in monochrome only. Clever software reduces your A4 documents to diminutive A7 size without tears.

What's the competition?

Those of a certain age will remember the sparking, whirring antics of Sir Clive Sinclair's pounds 50 ZX printer, whose propensity to catch fire was a result of using the same thermal printing technology as the M-PRINT.

But this device is practical and wholly non-incendiary. If you really must have hard copies while you're on the road, get one of these.

Where can I get it?

It's available now from Brother stockists at pounds 249.

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