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Samsung SPP-2040 Dye-Sub Photo Printer Review

Samsung SPP-2040 Dye-Sub Photo Printer Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The solution to getting the 'digital' out of photography is something you're already undoubtedly aware of - personal photo printing.
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Dye Sublimation Printing

The dye sublimation printing processes is the closest you can come to photo-lab-quality results at home. With traditional photo laser and inkjet printing methods, images are made up of individual coloured dots. Yet when these printed materials are examined closely, the dots don't add up to a very realistic photograph.

Dye-sub printing works by rolling a continuous cellophane film that is impregnated with four solid colour dyes over the paper, one colour at a time. As each section of coloured film passes over, the print head heats up to differing degrees and impregnates varying intensities of yellow, magenta, and cyan (corresponding to CMYK) onto the glossy surface of the paper. This process is also sometimes called dye diffusion thermal transfer.

The diffusion of each CMYK dye into the glossy paper is softer, so there aren't the sharp edges of individual pixels. The sublimation process produces a glossy image which should last years without fading, is waterproof (although the paper is not), and won't smudge.

Furthermore, because replacement paper and colour films are sold as a kit, there is an exact number of colour films for the exact volume of paper. The downside to this is a paper jam will mean one image worth of colour film goes wasted.

First Impressions

At first glance, the Samsung SPP-2040 is such a compact device that it's easy to jump to the assumption its battery powered. It is not... although that would be a very desirable capability. The unit weighs just over 1.0 kg, and measures a scant 18 x 14 x 7cm in size so it is quite portable.

From the top of the Samsung SPP-2040 we see the power button (outlined in blue) at left, the 2" colour LCD screen which can fold up or down for better horizontal viewing, the Control pad, Zoom In/Out buttons, Menu, Cancel, and Print buttons.

At the left hand side of the SPP-2040 there is the DC-power jack, USB2.0 type-B port which connects the unit to a computer, and USB1.1 type-A jack for the bluetooth adaptor or cable directly to a PictBridge-enabled digital camera. The 2" LCD screen flips up to about 45 degrees, but the mechanism feels very flimsy.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SPP-2040
 Pg 1.  Samsung SPP-2040 Dye-Sub Photo Printer Review
 Pg 2.  — Dye Sublimation Printing
 Pg 3.  Impressions and Perspectives
 Pg 4.  Cost of Printing 4"x6" Digital Photos
 Pg 5.  Industry Standard Photo Printer Test Images
 Pg 6.  Photo Printing for Dummies: In Use
 Pg 7.  Conclusions on the Samsung Dye-Sub SPP-2040 Photo Printer

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