This thermal printer uses no ink, fits in your pocket and costs just $36

This thermal printer uses no ink, fits in your pocket and costs just $36


The word “adorable” generally doesn’t find its way into the description of most printers, but the PeriPage is not most printers. This fist-sized printer (about 3 inches square and 1.6 inches thick) has a sort of bear (or is it a mouse?) face design on the top and comes in three colors — blue, pink or white. More to the point, it’s a Bluetooth thermal printer and usually costs $45. Right now and while supplies last you can get the PeriPage for $36 with promo code CNETBEAR01, which is its lowest price on record.  

I told you about this same deal last month, but the deal expired quickly — as the seller’s inventory ran low, the code expired to prevent the printer from going completely out of stock. That happens a lot, so if you try to buy this printer and the code doesn’t work, my advice is to hang tight and wait for it to go on sale again. 

The PeriPage is a thermal printer, which means it prints exclusively on thermal paper. By heating the paper as it passes through the print mechanism, you get a black and white printout without the need for any ink. Downside: It doesn’t print in color. Upsides: You’ll never have to buy replacement ink cartridges, or deal with blotchy printouts or clogged nozzles. It should print perfectly for the life of the printer, and quite affordably, because thermal paper is cheap. 

The main applications for a printer like the PeriPage are to print labels for containers around the house, signs, lists, shipping labels and anything else you can think of. And yes, it’ll print photos, but they’ll be grayscale at about 200 dpi — not exactly frame-worthy. That said, these days low-quality instant photography is all the rage, so if you want to try your hand at Lomo-style printing, the PeriPage can give you that look.

The printer works in conjunction with an app for your iPhone or Android device, and includes a 1,000-mAh battery that charges from an included USB cable. It works with standard 57mm-wide rolls of thermal paper, which slip into the clamshell device, so it’s completely self-contained for all your on-the-go printing needs.  

This article was published previously. It has been updated with the latest deal. 

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