Thermal dye transfer printers are catching on like wildfire, with a lot of big manufacturers getting in on the act. It's no surprise, then, to see Samsung try its hand with the Samsung SPP-2040.
We were very impressed. While not as versatile as some of the competition it's well priced, incredibly cheap to run and capable of producing great photo-sized images.
The design of the Samsung never rises beyond the purely functional, although the black-and-grey livery is no doubt all the rage in gay Paris. While it lacks the battery option to make it truly mobile, the tiny SPP-2040 is easily portable.
Be warned, however, that the paper tray sticks out at the front, while finished pages come out of the back - in other words, you can't sit the Samsung flush against a wall.
Under the bonnet you'll find a 300x300dpi thermal dye printer that comes with a starter ribbon and ten sheets of 4x6 photopaper. This technology uses continuous tone printing, which tends to produce better images than a lot of inkjets. You can navigate menu functions using the clear 2in colour LCD, four buttons and a fourway navipad.
This is a versatile bit of hardware. You get a 7-in-1 card reader, PictBridge support, a USB port for tethering the SPP-2040 to a PC and the option of adding Bluetooth functionality.
We couldn't believe the running costs. Get the replacement ribbon with the 120 photo prints and it costs only 27p per page - one of the cheapest around. This would be worth nothing if the print quality wasn't up to scratch, but it's very good, even if Samsung has made the colours a touch too vivid.