October 17, 2012

It's a Bird, it's a Plane, No, it's a Tiny Printer?


Making its official debut almost a year ago, Berg’s Little Printer is leveraged by users to—yup you guessed it—print out things including custom RSS feeds, pictures, and Foursquare feeds on receipt paper.

It’s kind of interesting and even more weird looking with its creepy looking face and all, and the product is being highlighted as a “useless product” by Ricardo Bilton, writing for Venture Beat.

According to Bilton, “Berg’s happy little tale took a turn for the worse today when the company essentially killed the Little Printer’s chances by pricing it at a deal-breaking $259. So not only is the device only marginally useful, but it’s also eye-poppingly expensive. That’s a recipe for disaster.”

Although this solution can eliminate a lot of wasted paper and thus enables any company to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint, Bilton believes that it just isn’t worth the significant chunk of change it is priced at.

He added, “Simply put, the Little Printer is a $259 waste of money, paper, and brain power. And that’s why it must fail.”

Back in August, preordering began for the offering that is touted as being a “thermal printer” due to the fact that it heats up parts of thermochromic paper which then turns the parts that have warmed up black and the rest of the document stays white. This helps firms to slash expenses significantly that usually were spent on ink , which if you ever bought an ink cartridge can cost you an arm and a leg.

An additional report stated, “They are cheap to run; they’re fast, quiet, and reliable; it’s easy to replace the paper. This is why so many cash registers use them, along with shipping labelers, and undersea explorers.”

I guess we will just have to sit back and wait to see what the public thinks.




Edited by Jamie Epstein




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