PDA News – Mobile Printer From Brother, Stowaway Driver, Sony Drops SL10

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Amazingly thin, this might turn out to be a great little peripheral.

Brother UK is releasing this very thin, very lightweight mobile printer dubbed m-PRINT. It communicates via IR, sorry, no Bluetooth in this model. It’s able to be so small because it uses thermal printing which is suitable for many applications. Thermal prints don’t actually have ink though, so they fade over time. Movie theaters use the same type of printers to enable speedy delivery.

Here’s a rundown of the specs –

Printing method Direct thermal, line head
Printing speed 15 seconds/page (Standard paper manufactured by Brother: A7 thermal paper, 7% print density)
Printing resolution
300dpi x 300dpi
Paper feed method Paper cassette, automatic feed mechanism
Paper size Brother A7 paper (74mm x 105mm)
Printable area 69mm x 100mm (For Carbon copy type: 62mm x 96.5mm)
Interface USB (Ver. 1.1) for use with Windows , IrDA Ver. 1.2 for use with Pocket PC
External dimensions 100mm (W) x 160mm (D) x 17.5mm (H)
Weight Maximum 300g (including the battery and paper cassette containing 50 sheets of thermal paper)
Power supply Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery 740mAh (7.4V) with compact switching AC adaptor for
recharging purposes included
Number of printable pages 100 or more during continuous printing with a fully charged battery (based on 7% coverage at an
ambient temperature of 25 degrees celsius) (Standard paper manufactured by Brother: A7 thermal)
Energy-saving feature Auto power-off (5 minutes)
Operating systems Microsoft Windows 98/98SE/2000/Me/XP
Microsoft Pocket PC/Pocket PC 2002
Included software
Basic printing software: Microsoft Pocket PC
PIM
(Contacts, Calendar, E-mail, Notes)
Clipboard Contents
Images (JPEG, BMP, PNG)
Screen image capture
Microsoft Windows
(personal computers)
Printer driver
Screen image capture
Editing software
Included accessories Special software (on a CD-ROM), 1 USB cable, 1 compact switching adaptor,
1 paper cassette containing 50 sheets of thermal paper.

The sad thing is this printer will only work with Pocket PC and your laptop right now. It’s selling for 250 pounds in Europe with no word on distribution in the US. More info can be found at the Brother UK site.

Think Outside has updated their Palm Keyboard driver.

Version 1.9 of the Palm driver is now available. Think has not issued a list of fixes, but it’s been thought this new patch should fix communication issues with the Tungsten T.

Sony has discontinued the Clie SL10.

Sony has dropped the SL10 from their site. They do still offer refurbished units, but expect more price drops on the SL10 in the coming weeks. There have been many new Sony units released and rumored to refresh the product line. The one curious thing though, is the silence regarding the SL10. Has Sony dropped monochrome units from their offering? As of now, it seems like this is the case.

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