With its good-looking 4x6-inch dye-sub prints, compact chassis, easy standalone operation, and multiple connectivity options, the Samsung SPP-2040 is a photo printer you'll be tempted to carry with you everywhere. However, this 300x300dpi photo lab is more transportable than portable and probably should come with a carry case for the bulky paper tray, the AC adapter, and the other accessories you may need.
Like many dye-sublimation printers with a horizontal paper path, the squat, cubelike, 2.5-pound SPP-2040 looks deceptively small when first unpacked but expands to commandeer extra desktop space when you attach the 20-sheet, 7-inch-long paper tray in front and allow equal clearance in back for paper travel. Samsung recommends allocating an extra 8 inches of space at the sides to allow installation and removal of the three-color (cyan, magenta, yellow, plus clear overcoat) dye-sublimation ribbon cartridge and to provide room for plugging in the power cord, a USB cable, a PictBridge-compatible camera, or Bluetooth devices (via an optional wireless adapter).
Installation went smoothly once we ignored the printed user guide and the cryptic quick-install guide, each page of which is printed in two dozen different languages. We found a more thorough PDF manual on the supplied CD, which contains additional instructions and charts. It was a snap to load the cartridge, pop paper into the tray, and install the Windows printer driver (the SPP-2040 also includes drivers for Mac OS X), the Photo Thru editing software, and a status-monitor program. Insert a Compact Flash Type I or II, SD/MMC, xD-Picture, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, or SmartMedia card, turn on the power, and you're ready to go.