Purse-perfect Printers
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Lady Gaga shows off her portable Polaroid printer at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.

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Since women tend to double as their families' photographers, camera manufacturers have designed lighter, sleeker point-and-shoot options with them in mind [source: Marriott]. At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, for instance, Lady Gaga told the press that she carries around a Polaroid 3-inch by 4-inch GL10 instant mobile printer in her purse. The printer serves as a portable photo lab, as opposed to the vintage Polaroid camera that takes pictures and automatically spits out prints [source: Sutter].

Although some portable printers might be too bulky to tote around town, they're nevertheless handy, wireless additions to any home photo lab. In August 2011, Canon debuted a line of PIXMA All-In-One portable gadgets that can print wirelessly from mobile applications and cloud storage. A few months prior, HP targeted domestic paparazzi with its PhotoSmart printers that offer similar capabilities. In fact, many of the biggest names in consumer electronics now include compact photo printers in their product stables, allowing women to pick and choose specs for the perfect 4-inch by 6-inch reproduction of reality.