Portable printers can be the easiest solution for printing photos from a smartphone. One of them is the Canon Selphy Square QX10. This latest portable printer from Canon offers a 1: 1 format printout with a print quality that is more durable. Curious about the performance of the Canon Selphy Square QX10? Check out the reviews as follows.
Canon Selphy Square QX10 design
Canon Selphy Square QX10 comes with a compact and lightweight design. Its dimensions are only the size of an adult’s palm and weighs only 445 grams. Don’t bother bringing this printer on a trip. One added value is that there are three body color choices, namely black, white and pink. That way, it can be adjusted according to the style of each user.
The design is also very minimalist. There is only one button on the front for on / off. On the right side of the body there is a slot for accessing the ink cassette which is closed by a panel.
There is also a microUSB connectivity port for recharging the battery. It is quite a shame that Canon has not equipped it with a USB Type-C port which is currently increasingly popular in the world of devices.
Turning to the back of the body, you can find another panel covering the area for placing photo paper.
Canon Selphy Square QX10 features
Carrying a very minimalistic design without a lot of buttons it is clear that this portable printer promotes easy operation. In practice, it has been proven that the Canon Selphy Square QX10 is very practical and very easy to use.
In fact, this printer setup can be done in a very short time. To connect to the Canon Selphy Square QX10 users only need to download the Canon Selphy Photo Layout application which is available on the AppStore and PlayStore.
After the application has finished downloading, open the Canon Selphy Photo Layout application. Then, make sure the WiFi smartphone is active and press the on / off button on the Canon Selphy Square QX10. The Canon Selphy Square application will then ask you to scan the barcode that is on the ink cassette cover panel on the right side of the body. After the scan is complete Canon Selphy Square will be directly connected to the smartphone.
In the Canon Selphy Square application we find many interesting features. Not only does it carry an array of simple photo editing tools, but there are also various layout options, frame sizes, filter effects, frames, and a wide selection of ornaments to add to photo prints. There are also options to add text and create photo collages. To make this collage print, Canon Selphy Square only allows up to a maximum of 4 photos in one photo paper.
However, one of the most outstanding features of the Canon Selphy Square is its printing technology and photo paper. This printer carries Dye-sublimation Thermal printing technology. In contrast to the ZINK printing technology which is commonly used portable printers.
Dye-sublimation Thermal printing technology requires ink ribbon tapes and photo paper to print photos. The working principle of this sublimation color printing technology, the printer will transfer heat to the ink ribbon to print on photo paper.
To make it easier for users, every purchase of photo paper is included with the ink cassette. One package contains 20 sheets of photo paper and one ink cassette. Quite a few and above average portable printers generally average only 10 sheets of photo paper.
Well, the Selphy Square photo paper that is compatible with this printer is also special. In addition to the 1: 1 size that can be used to print instant camera film-style photos, the back is also equipped with a sticker. So, the printed photo can be pasted anywhere.
The photo paper has also been reinforced with a special film layer which will make the photo shiny and protected from water or dirt. This coating is also useful for keeping the colors from fading. In fact, the durability of photos printed with the SELPHY SQUARE QX10 can last up to 100 years when stored in an album.
Canon Selphy Square QX10 performance
Then what are the printouts of the Canon Selphy Square QX10? We think the printouts are very good. Above average portable printer in its class that carries ZINK printing technology.
The photo prints of the Canon Selphy Square QX10 look sharper. The colors on each photo print also look brighter and more consistent. The ability to print is also relatively fast. One photo print can be produced in about 43 seconds.
For the battery, the Canon Selphy Square QX10 can print up to about 20 photos for a single refill. The percentage of battery power can be seen directly from the Canon Selphy Photo Layout application. Another convenience, equipped with an integrated photo printer battery, supports charging via a power bank. So, photo printing can be done anywhere.
Almost all portable photo printers promote ease of use. However, from our tests the Canon Selphy Square QX10 not only offers convenience, but also excellent photo print quality. With Dye Sublimation Thermal printing technology, the print results are very good and above the average portable photo printers in general.
Canon Selphy Square QX10 is also very economical. A package of photo paper Sticker Label Set XZ-20L contents of 20 is sold at a price of Rp.209,000. This means that one photo print costs only around 10,450 thousand Rupiah. Cheaper when compared to other portable printers in its class, which costs a package of film paper in the range of 150 thousand Rupiah for 10 sheets.
The price of the Canon Selphy Square QX10 is currently on the market at IDR 2,288,000. If you don’t mind the selling price, we highly recommend the Canon Selphy Square QX10 for users who need a portable printer that is practical, easy to use and can produce quality photo prints to be creative.
+ Compact and lightweight design
+ Easy to use
+ Very good photo prints
+ Features in the Canon Selphy Photo Layout application are enough to be creative
+ Photo papers are equipped with stickers
+ The price of one photo print is relatively cheap
+ Print photos quickly
What is lacking:
– The battery is less durable
– Not equipped with USB Type-C