The Portable Ink-Free Printer

Credit: Courtesy Polaroid

What It Is: A pocket-sized wireless printer that spits out 2x3 photos on the fly.

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Why We Like It: In the digital photo world of escalating megapixels, Polaroid has made a good alternative play — embracing the low-fi fun the brand is known for. On the heels of last year's no-frills action camera called the Cube, comes an equally winsome piece of tech: the Zip printer. Smaller than an iPhone 6 (although about twice as thick), this wireless printer syncs with any device via Bluetooth and allows you to make color prints with a photo paper reminiscent of the brand's classic instant cameras. It's a great party trick: Shoot pics of your friends or kids, and then make a print on the spot. The rechargeable printer doesn't need ink, so the only additional expense comes in replenishing the 2x3 photo paper that comes in packs of 10. (They are about $5 each.) The color and image quality are just a smidge above decent, but like the Polaroids of old, the joy is in the instant gratification.

Nitpick: Considering all the money you have to spend on paper refills, we wish the Zip itself was slightly cheaper.