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Prynt Pocket unboxing and review: A printer that prints videos?

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Let’s admit it: We are a nostalgic bunch, hence the need for something we can hold, even in the age of digital multimedia. 

Some devices attempt to tap into that human sentimentality. Gadgets like the recently released Instax camera (which allows you to edit digitally before printing your photos) and Polaroid SnapTouch (which is a camera and printer in one) attempt to stay relevant by adding modern touches to the age-old concept of printed pictures — and I lapped these ideas up.

If you disagree and believe that Polaroids and Instax photos are a waste of time, you might as well stop reading now.

Introducing: the Prynt Pocket

The Prynt Pocket is basically a tiny printer you connect to your iPhone via Lightning port. What’s so special about this cute device is it can print your videos — well, photos that you can play as videos. More on that later. Before anything else, here’s a quick unboxing.

The Prynt Pocket comes in a clean white box with orange details. (Pencils and Instax not included.)

Prynt Pocket with box

Our unit is in cute lavender. Other available colors are mint, black, and gray.

Prynt Pocket lavender

The front is where you plug in your iPhone. This device is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5s, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, and in theory, the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus since it’s a Lightning pin on a dock that adjusts to phone size.

Prynt Pocket Lavender

On one side is the slot for the film cartridge plus an indicator light, shutter button, and zoom dial.

Prynt Pocket Lavender

The other side is where the photo prints out and a micro-USB port for charging.

Prynt Pocket Lavender

The box comes with a pack of 10 sticker paper, a micro-USB cable, the printing cartridge, and user guide. (Again, colored pencils not included, but admittedly cute with the color scheme.)

What's inside the Prynt Pocket box

And now, on to actually using it!

How it works

Before anything else, you need to download the Prynt app which can be easily found on the App Store. I was able to set this up — which included loading the cartridge with paper and attaching the cartridge to the device — by following the Prynt app prompts (because who reads manuals anyway).

Take a photo or video of whatever subject you have — in this case, it was Marnie, the dog who was a great model. Good girl.

Testing out the Prynt Pocket with my dog

The Prynt app gives a slew of editing options. From borders, to text, to filters, and even memes — the app welcomes your boundless creativity.

Printing is simple enough. A tap of the print button gives us a Marnie sticker print out!

The best part, however, is what happens when you scan these photos using the Prynt app:

THE VIDEO WILL PLAY! If you did not get my excitement from that last sentence, let me tell you plain and simple: This thing is awesome and amazing! The whole process reminds me of those moving photos from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts!

Another cool feature is once you scan the photos and the video starts playing, a record button appears and you can immortalize the scan forever.

For good measure, I did a scan of Marnie’s Prynt photo with Marnie in the background and results were… well, the cutest I’ve seen in any of my tech reviews.

Imagine the possibilities!

You don’t even need the Prynt Pocket device to scan the photos. All you need is the app installed on your phone.

Is the Prynt Pocket your GadgetMatch?

Admittedly, printing a photo so you could scan it to make a video does sound a little weird at first.

A lot of things can be said about the Prynt Pocket. It’s amazing and amusing, but it’s also a little bulky to hold and with no real practical use with a damage of US$ 150.

Prynt Pocket with sample prints

But, that’s just the thing. It’s not meant to be practical, it’s meant to be fun and, oh, the fun you could have with this!

More importantly, the Prynt Pocket succeeds where most photo-printing devices have failed: They’ve created a camera that prints photos with a substantial value add to the physical product — one that’s appreciated in the digital sphere.

The Prynt Pocket is a lot of things. It’s a camera, printer, video maker, and even a scanner! Most importantly, though, it’s also Instagram-able.

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

iPhone production is next in line

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Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.

Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.

A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.

It says mine are made in Vietnam but all other ones say China ? Should I be worried or it has nothing to do with it?? from r/AirpodsPro

Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.

Photo by Kara Verlaney (The Verge)

A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.

Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.

A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.

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OnePlus TWS earbuds could look like the AirPods

Why are we not surprised?

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Apple was the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and release a wireless solution, the AirPods. Now, every phone maker wants a piece of the pie, and now a OnePlus TWS is coming our way as well.

Reliable leakster Max J. has revealed an illustration of the upcoming OnePlus truly wireless earbuds and they look eerily similar to the Apple AirPods. The signature in-ear design without rubber tips is considered to be Apple’s design language and many makers have tried to replicate it.

Realme launched the Buds Air this year and they look exactly like the AirPods. Even the charging case is a lookalike. Even the OPPO Enco Free wireless earbuds have a cop-cat design and are indistinguishable.

 

On the other hand, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and they have an entirely different design. The brand seems to have focused more on functionality than looks.

OnePlus has already released wireless earphones in the past, but they haven’t been truly wireless. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless and Bullets Wireless 2 had their own design language and were built to offer a premium experience. Along with the OnePlus 8 series, the company announced an affordable version called the Bullets Z.

Rumors suggest OnePlus could launch a midrange phone dubbed the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite in July. These earbuds are expected to launch alongside the phone.

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