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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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Conclusions on the Samsung Dye-Sub SPP-2040 Photo Printer

The Samsung SPP-2040 printer plays nice with six different flash memory formats, so it's literally just a matter of popping in the memory card, selecting the right digital image on the 2" colour TFT LCD screen and hitting print. This is an utterly simple devices to use.

If you want to do a little more manipulation with your photos there are some basic (and useful) colour presets to work with as well. Of particular interest is the 'Black & White' print option which looks good, but is not entirely monochrome. There is some visible blueing in the lighter areas of the photo which seems to be an unavoidable aspect of the three-colour process.

Printing via a PC, or directly from a flash card or PictBridge-enabled digital cameras is convenient. Our only wish is that the Samsung SPP-2040 would work with USB hard drives also. With the proliferation of USB flash drives today, this seems like a logical route to go.

Print time hovers around the 70 second mark in our tests. The cost of prints ranges from $0.40USD - $0.70USD a piece, depending on the quantity of consumables purchased.

The image quality of a dye-sublimation printer is first rate, making it difficult to spot the photo-printed picture on your wall from those of 35mm film negatives. The glossy photo paper prints are also going to hold up better over time. The dye-sub thermal transfer process makes the dye less prone to fading, and it is impervious to finger smudges, water drops and other moisture related accidents that can destroy inkjet printed pictures.

All things are not rosy however. The 2" LCD screen is held up by what feels like a very flimsy plastic mechanism, but that's not going to impact anyone substantially. No, the main issue we experienced with the Samsung SPP-2040 relates to how the glossy photo paper is handled during a print run, and how this seems to attract lint like a magnet. Owing to the way the dye-sub process works, small particles of dust or lint which are drawn in by the glossy surface of the photo paper can result in photo blemishes.

By and large the Samsung SPP-2040 is really handy tool for anyone who yearns to take the "digital" out of some of their most cherished photographs. It prints 4"x6" glossy images by the dye-sublimation process, resulting in digital photo prints with a quality on par to the photo-lab. The Samsung SPP-2040 photo printer retails for around $150USD ($170CDN) and comes with a 10 print starter pack included.

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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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