I don’t know with you but I’m more of the “adventurous” customer type. An article or a Youtube video can literally leave me so intrigued about a product. Sooo interested to the point that I’d buy it at once. Consequently, I sometimes “add to cart” items just for the sake of trying them out. LOL. Among these spur-of-the-moment items is my Paperang P2.
In this blog post, I’m going to tell you something about this product and whether or not impulse-buying it was worth it.
Is Paperang P2 really worth the buy?
I’ve been living the last 7 years of my life as a working law student without any personal printer. Hence, I kind of liked the idea of having a small gadget that can do some printing.
Paperang P2 can definitely do some printing. But, is it really worth buying?
How does Paperang P2 works?
Paperang P2 is a thermal printer. This means, it uses heat to print stuff. With this technology, Paperang doesn’t need ink to print texts and images.
But, there’s a downside to it.
It prints everything ONLY in black and white.
This is something you have to consider if you’re looking into buying Paperang P2 or any kind of thermal printer.
Paperang P2’s packaging
The Paperang P2 I bought came in a small yet substantial box. It’s strong enough to house its contents. So, I had nothing to worry about.
When you open it, you’ll find the printer itself, a tiny manual in Chinese (unfortunately), and USB cable for charging.
Size and design
Before anything else, let’s get into the superficial details — Paperang printer’s facade.
This printer has a dimension of more or less 7 x 7.5 centimeters. This size makes it compact to carry anywhere. It comes in various colors and designs. However, I got mine in white.
My Paperang printer looks boxy unlike the previous printer versions it has. The older versions were curvy, which I find cuter than the one I have. Well, I guess this is how all their 300 dpi printers look like.
Meanwhile, it has this dial in the middle. I’m not sure how to use it, but the Paperang website says it is changeable. (I don’t like messing up with something I don’t know so I am leaving this dial alone.)
Paperang printer is smooth to touch. Nonetheless, I find that it’s prone to scratches.
I know this is something I need not mention here. After all, it doesn’t really bother me. However, this is something you might want to know and consider.
Paperang P2’s printing capability and specification
I bought this printer so I can print images and quotes for my bullet journal and Hobonichi 5-Year Techo. Given its size and price point, it’s quite impressive that it can do quite a handful of things such as:
Paperang P2 prints images in black and white
Paperang’s first printer models (P1) make print outs in 200 dpi (dots per inch) quality. I don’t have any of them, but I own a 200 dpi China-made printer. This can give you an approximation of how the P1 would print.
It looks something like this:
However, the Paperang upgraded their printers to 300 dpi, which is now sold in the market as the P2. It is the one I got and here’s a sample printout:
At a first glance, there’s nothing much of a difference between a 200 dpi printout and 300 dpi one. Honestly, I couldn’t care less. And so long as it does the job, I’m fine with it.
However, if you’re the type who is particular with minute details, you’ll notice the difference. The 300 dpi has a more refined look to it. This is one thing you should keep in mind if this matters to you.
Here’s a side by side look for better view and comparison:
It can make banner print outs
These prints are bigger and are perfect if you want attention-grabbing labels for your folders, shelves, or binders.
It looks something like this:
Use it to make small labels
Print small notes with it
You can choose a template for your small notes from a collection of designs from the Paperang application.
Look at this:
Paperang P2 has a template maker that can jazz up your to-do lists
These are just some of the templates you can use to make your to-dos:
Paperang requires an app to function
Paperang has an app that is compatible both to android and iOS phones. You may download it on Google Play or Apple Store.
Paperang P2 uses its own thermal paper
Paperang requires a specific type of thermal paper that you may buy only from their store. They come in different colors and some are sticky too.
Before, I thought I can use regular thermal papers for my Paperang P2. While you can do that, be warned that it won’t give you the same quality.
Printouts using the P2 but with a different type of thermal paper are blurry. I don’t like how they look. Just like this one:
Paperang P2’s Price
I got mine from an online shop at Php 1,900. For me, this is a good deal for its price considering the multiple printing capabilities this printer has.
This shop also sells Paperang thermal papers. I’m so glad I stumbled upon such seller. Now, I don’t have to worry about where to get my Paperang-related supplies.
Paperang P2: Final verdict
In sum, I highly recommend you buy the Paperang P2 if you’re a planner or organization enthusiast. With the variety of things you can do with it, it makes planning, jotting down notes, and making reminders faster and more efficient.
HOWEVER, if you’re after images, this printer may not give you that much satisfaction as this produces only black and white prints.
Just the same, if you’re looking for a heavy duty printer that you can use for school, this isn’t the one for you. Bear in mind that it prints using a 57-millimeter thermal paper only. Nothing can replace a good old printer in printing your notes and study materials.
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