August 6, 2008 The new DPU-S445 Mobile Printer from Seiko Instruments is compact and lightweight, runs on a long-life lithium-ion battery and produces 4” wide printed output at 90 mm/sec. The direct thermal printer offers IrDA and Bluetooth connectivity options and promises users both convenience and reliability.

With no need for toner or ribbon, and with very few moving parts to break down, the DPU-S445 is a good option for wireless users, from route accounting to mobile citations. The printer is designed for fast and simple operation, with two buttons controlling power and paper feed. The Seiko Instruments EZ-OP clamshell-style tray enables quick paper replacement, by simply dropping a new roll into the printer.

Weighing just over one pound and measuring 5.7 inches wide, 5.3 inches deep, and 2.3 inches high, the DPU-S445 is both small and light. The printer offers 203 dpi resolution, and USB, Serial, IrDA, and optional Bluetooth interfaces, making it compatible with a wide range of mobile applications. The DPU-S445 is available with pricing starting at US$300.

The market for mobile printers is growing rapidly - Canon has on offer the PIXMA iP100 high resolution mobile printer, the PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer, and the SELPHY CP770 portable printer that’s housed in a bucket-like carrier. Polaroid also recently released its own offering, the PoGo Instant Mobile Printer.