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Kodak Mini 2 HD Review

This easy to use, portable printer has relatively few drawbacks and is a lot of fun
Kodak Mini 2 HD
Credit: Jason Peters
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Price:   $100 List | $69.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Relatively good image quality, easy to set up, useful app
Cons:  Wasteful paper refills, limited dynamic range, single size format
Manufacturer:   Kodak
By Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Mar 30, 2022
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  • Color - 35% 3.0
  • Black and White - 35% 4.0
  • Print Capabilities - 15% 3.0
  • Operating Cost - 10% 4.0
  • Set up - 5% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Kodak Mini 2 HD printer is easy to use and easy to carry on one's person. It develops surprisingly good photographs. In some cases, it was better than what we observed in desktop printers, though it has the advantage of rendering in a smaller format. Our main gripe is that it uses a throwaway plastic paper cartridge that holds eight sheets — a bit wasteful by our estimation.

Editor's Note: We updated this review for the Kodak Mini 2 HD on March 28, 2022, with an unbiased take on value and suggestions for other products that may better suit your needs and budget.

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Rating Categories Kodak Mini 2 HD Epson Expression HD... Canon PIXMA TR4520 Canon IVY
Color (35%)
Black and White (35%)
Print Capabilities (15%)
Operating Cost (10%)
Set up (5%)
Specs Kodak Mini 2 HD Epson Expression HD... Canon PIXMA TR4520 Canon IVY
Resolution (dots per inch) Unspecified 5760 x 1440 4800 x 1200 314 x 400
Max photo dimensions 2.1" x 3.4" 13" x 44" 8" x 10" 2" x 3"
Cost per print (4" x 6" or mini print) $0.68 $0.45 $0.58 $0.50
Machine dimensions 1" x 3" x 5.2" 6.3" x 18.7" x 14.5" 7.5" x 17.2" x 11.7" 0.7" x 3.2" x 4.7"
Printing technology Dye sublimation thermal transfer Inkjet (Piezo DOD) Inkjet (Theromal DOD) In paper, thermal-activated dye
Print time per 4" x 6" (or mini print) 61 seconds 34 seconds 128 seconds 40 seconds
Color palette (ink cartridges) N/A Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray, Red Black plus color cartridge N/A
LCD screen No Yes No No
Touch Screen No No No No
Battery Yes No No Yes
Memory cards supported N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ink type N/A Dye-based Pigment (black) and dye-based (color) N/A
Roller paper No No No No
Connectivity NFC, USB Port, Wi-Fi Direct iPad, iPhone and Android tablets, Alexa and smartphones; Ethernet networking, andard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB, USB Host, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n5, Wi-Fi Direct 5, Ethernet 10/100
Hi-Speed USB
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n wireless networking, 2.4 GHz)
Operating system requirements Android, iOS Windows 10 8/8.1/Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit , 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 — macOS 10.12.x6
Windows:20 Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac:21
Mac OS X v10.10.5 - macOS v10.13 (High Sierra)
Mobile Operating Systems:22 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile, and Fire OS (Amazon Fire) devices
Android, iOS
Scanner No No Yes (bed and feed) No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Kodak Mini 2 HD is about the size of a smartphone though a bit thicker. It renders both color and grayscale pictures with a surprising degree of fidelity to the original image for a mini printer. It has a good tonal range, though it drops off at the darkest blacks and the whitest

whites. The accompanying app is intuitive and has some beneficial features, such as a photo queue, that other machines lack. All and all, we were quite impressed with this affordable little printer.

Performance Comparison

Kodak Mini 2 HD photo printer - the kodak mini 2 hd produces small prints with surprising definition.
The Kodak Mini 2 HD produces small prints with surprising definition.
Credit: Laura Casner


We liked the quality of the photos coming out of this instant printer and that there is no maintenance save refreshing the paper. We also liked that the printer is easy to use with a smartphone while on the move.

Kodak Mini 2 HD photo printer - an ability to select and crop photographs makes it easy to hone-in...
An ability to select and crop photographs makes it easy to hone-in on the part of the image you want to capture in print.
Credit: Laura Casner

Additionally, the Kodak's accompanying app allows the user to queue up five photos at a time. That way, you can set the machine aside and come back to photographs that you can hand out to your friends and family.


The main problem we have with this printer is that its photo paper comes in a heavy plastic cartridge. The cartridge is not reusable, and it only holds eight sheets of instant print paper. When you're done, you just throw it away. Additionally, the paper costs 68 cents a sheet, which is the high-end for instant paper.

Kodak Mini 2 HD photo printer - the plastic cartridge seems pricey and wasteful compared to the...
The plastic cartridge seems pricey and wasteful compared to the system being used on other mini printers.
Credit: Laura Casner

We also had a problem with the machine turning itself off while printing multiple pictures. Perhaps it was a bug in the app that will be resolved. Regardless, it was annoying. The machine prints slowly (about a minute per print), but we liked being able to fill the queue with photos, so we didn't have to sit the machine while it worked.

Should You Buy the Kodak Mini 2 HD?

The Kodak Mini 2 HD is one of the better mini printers that we have had the pleasure to test. This machine renders fine prints in both color and grayscale. It's easy to use, convenient to carry, and the operating cost is manageable. Best of all, its ease of use will make it more likely that you get the images off your phone and into the hands of friends and family.

What Other Photo Printers Should You Consider?

Occasionally we review products worth exactly what they cost — the Kodak Mini 2 HD is just such a product. Interestingly, the award-winning Canon IVY offers more performance from a mini printer at the same price point. If you want more versatility in print size, the mid-sized Canon PIXMA TR4520 also costs the same amount but offers substantially better print capability than these mini-printers.

Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer

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