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LG Pocket PD233 Review

The LG Pocket PD233 puts smartphone photo printing in your pocket with its fun and simple design. If you want to print photos anywhere, it is a good photo printer with a portable design.

Our Verdict

The LG Pocket PD233 is a photo printer for the smartphone set, with ink-free printing, battery power and easy connectivity.

For

  • It’s portable enough to slip into a pocket or handbag.

Against

  • The photo quality leaves a lot to be desired.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: The LG Pocket PD233 measures just 2.65 x 4.76 x 0.95 inches, making it easy to slip into a pocket or purse.

LG Pocket PD233 images: The LG Pocket PD233 measures just 2.65 x 4.76 x 0.95 inches, making it easy to slip into a pocket or purse.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: Built for portability, the tiny printer weighs under a half pound.

LG Pocket PD233 images: Built for portability, the tiny printer weighs under a half pound.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: Aside from the LG logo, the printer’s surfaces are covered with a textured heart pattern.

LG Pocket PD233 images: Aside from the LG logo, the printer’s surfaces are covered with a textured heart pattern.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: On the side of the printer, there is a single button for power.

LG Pocket PD233 images: On the side of the printer, there is a single button for power.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: Alongside the power button is a built-in loop for a lanyard or similar tether.

LG Pocket PD233 images: Alongside the power button is a built-in loop for a lanyard or similar tether.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: On the right side of the printer, there is a covered micro-USB port for charging.

LG Pocket PD233 images: On the right side of the printer, there is a covered micro-USB port for charging.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: The printer’s bottom hatch provides access to the battery and paper slot.

LG Pocket PD233 images: The printer’s bottom hatch provides access to the battery and paper slot.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: The printer uses ZINK Zero Ink print technology, which uses special photo paper coated with color-changing dye crystals.

LG Pocket PD233 images: The printer uses ZINK Zero Ink print technology, which uses special photo paper coated with color-changing dye crystals.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: While our testing showed some problems with image quality and color consistency, the Pocket PD233 printed photos in an average of 63 seconds each.

LG Pocket PD233 images: While our testing showed some problems with image quality and color consistency, the Pocket PD233 printed photos in an average of 63 seconds each.
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LG Pocket PD233 images: The printer also has NFC capability so you can instantly pair it with your smartphone or tablet.

LG Pocket PD233 images: The printer also has NFC capability so you can instantly pair it with your smartphone or tablet.

The LG Pocket PD233 puts smartphone photo printing in your pocket with its fun and simple design. If you want to print photos anywhere, it is a good photo printer with a portable design.

The PD233’s image quality is similar to that of competing portable photo printers from Polaroid and Fujifilm, but it differs in two distinct ways. First, the printing process warps the photo paper, leaving it curled at the edges. The color is also inconsistent, with a noticeably lighter strip along the trailing edge of the print. This faded stripe showed up on all of our test prints and has been seen by other customers, so it is a common issue. Second, the overall color quality is dull, with muted colors and muddied shades.

The printer uses ZINK Zero Ink print technology, which requires special photo paper coated with color-changing dye crystals. The printer heats these crystals to produce the print, which makes the process simple – you don’t need to wait for the photos to dry or worry about ink spills. The refills of ZINK photo paper sell in packs of 10 sheets, which break down to a cost of 50 cents per photo.

The compact photo printer’s size and use of ZINK paper mean it prints 2 x 3-inch wallet-size photos instead of the larger 4 x 6 standard snapshots. You can print normal photos, or you can buy photo paper with an adhesive backing to turn your favorite images into stickers.

The PD233’s primary selling point is its portability. This small photo printer measures just 2.65 x 4.76 x 0.95 inches and weighs 0.47 pounds, so it is small enough to carry anywhere. The printer’s internal battery should last long enough to print 20 photos.

With Bluetooth connectivity and a dedicated app called LG Pocket Photo, you can print digital photos right from your smartphone. However, you can’t print from cameras, media cards or a PC, which limits you to photos on your smartphone or tablet.

LG covers the Pocket PD233 with a one-year warranty, but tech support options are limited. You can contact support via phone, email and live chat on the LG website, but aside from an online user manual, there are no real self-help support options. This lack of support documentation meant that a paper jam halted our testing for the better part of an afternoon, until we realized the faceplate is removable to provide access to the paper slot. This extremely helpful detail wasn’t found in any LG documents we could find.

The LG Pocket PD233 is a good photo printer for smartphone users who want quick prints on the go. Its image quality isn’t fantastic, but its blend of portability, a pocket-friendly design and ease of use makes it a decent personal photo printer.

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