The Agfa AP2300 may look slightly dated, with its dark grey and white fascia, but this compact, but heavy, unit produces excellent prints.
A 2.4in LCD screen pops up and can be adjusted to make photo previews easier. The unit accepts SD, MS and MMC memory cards and offers connectivity with PictBridge-compatible digital cameras.
The AP2300 will only print 6x4in images and comes with paper and ribbon for just five prints. So you’ll need to factor in the £29 it costs to buy a pack containing extra ribbon and 150 sheets of paper.
Like all these direct photo printers, setup is easy. Once we’d connected it to a power outlet, we needed only to install the ribbon, insert paper into the carrier and then attach this to the device using the pull-down door on the front of the printer. Once turned on, its LCD screen prompts you to insert a memory card or connect a camera.
Four-way navigation keys let you browse images and apply red-eye removal. A separate menu button takes you through settings and lets you add effects, borders, text and clip art. You can also select the number of photos per sheet, adjust image size and printer margins. To while away the time, Agfa even includes printable Sudoku grids.
The AP2300 doesn’t give you much time to twiddle your thumbs, however. We found it took 30 seconds to ‘preheat’, after which full-bleed images appeared in just 39 seconds. In fact, our only gripe was that it is slightly noisier than other models we tested.
The combination of speed, available effects and price mean we were thoroughly impressed with the Agfa AP2300. We had to mark it down for value given the parsimonious media pack Agfa supplies – otherwise we’d recommend it.