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Epson PictureMate Dash PM260 Compact Photo Inkjet Printer (C11C694201) (Old Version)

by Epson
3.9 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews
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  • Advanced MicroPiezo technology creates professional-quality photos that last up to 4 times longer than traditional lab prints
  • Creates 4-by-6-inch prints in under one minute
  • Print PC-free using your memory card, digital camera, or USB flash drive
  • Photos will print smudge free, water and fade resistant, and last up to 200 years when preserved in family album
  • 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty
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Technical Details

  • Mac Compatible
  • Smart Card Slot

Product Description

Product Description

The perfect companion to any digital camera, PictureMate is the ideal choice in portable photo printers. In fact, it's been the number one selling small-format printer three years in a row -- the personal photo lab that's easy to use at home or on the go.

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The Epson PictureMate Dash PM 260 compact photo inkjet printer is an easy-to-use portable photo printer that turns your home or office into a personal photo lab. The PictureMate helps you create professional-quality photos that last up to four times longer than traditional lab prints, thanks to its patented Advanced MicroPiezo technology. Print 4 by 6 inch prints in less than one minute with this compact 9.1 by 13.6 by 10.5 inch photo printer that allows you to print PC-free using your memory card, digital camera, or USB flash drive. In addition, you can print wirelessly from your mobile phone by using a Bluetooth Adapter.

Photos will print smudge free and water and fade resistant, and can last up to 200 years when preserved in a family album for generations to enjoy. This versatile portable printer is compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems, and comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty.

What's in the Box
PictureMate dash printer, paper and ink cartridge, power supply, quick start guide, printer manual, and CD-ROM (printer drivers, ArcSoft PhotoImpression 5).


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.1 x 8.7 inches ; 5.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000UMRWCC
  • Item model number: C11C694201
  • Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 4, 2007

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

The photos printed on this paper look really great. They look just as good as something I would have done professionally for a standard 4x6. However, the amount of toner in these cartridges doesn't appear to be anywhere near what they are promising. I got the printer for Christmas (it comes with a cartridge), along with this ink/paper replacement pack. I have printed exactly 102 photos, and have gone through both the starter ink cartridge that came with the printer, as well as the replacement ink cartridge. Now I am left with about fifty pieces of paper and no way to print on them. I am not printing anything unusual (just a bunch of photos of our kids), nor were the photos taken at a very high resolution (5M - not sure if that matters).

So, that would make the cost of printing each photo about $0.38-.40/each, and that doesn't include the cost of the printer itself! I love the convenience of being able to easily print photos at home, but it comes at a high price when you can get it done online or at a local retailer's for $0.12-.20/print. I guess that's why they can afford to charge so little for the printer.

Quick follow-up as of 9/7/08:

I let the printer sit for a few months - just hadn't had time to print anything lately. When I tried to print some photos yesterday, the color looked awful and there were banded lines on it. So I put in a new cartridge, but the photos still looked bad. The troubleshooting guide recommended cleaning the heads 2-3 times. I cleaned the head 8 times per the instructions, and it did look better, but still had the lines. The instructions say:

"If repeated cleanings don't help, you can also turn the Epson Stylus off and wait at least six hours or overnight (this allows any dried ink to soften).
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Had to buy a photo printer on very short notice without the usual amount of research. Was attracted to this one because it's a dedicated photo printer and it uses an all-in-one cartridge. The other printers I considered required either special photo cartridges or multiple color cartridges to get photo-quality results. There's nothing that irks me more than the price of ink, and I didn't want to be continually buying replacements. This Epson promises 150 pictures from a $35 cartridge and will prorate the cost of the cartridge if you don't get them all. As for the photos, I'm astounded at the quality and color correctness. The results surpass most photo labs I've used. I decided to do some post-purchase research and found that this printer is the only one to rate superior on a popular electronics rating site. I agree ... it does an amazing job.
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This past weekend we borrowed my friends Canon Selphy and my wife fell in love with it and asked me to buy one for her. So after checking online and reading various reviews, I saw that the PictureMate had a higher rating, more features, printed much faster, had a lower cost per print.

Based on all of those reviews it appeared that the Epson was a better quality unit so I bought one.

After printing the first photo with the Epson, it was apparent that all of the reviews were correct. This is a great printer with lots of options and is extremely easy to use.

Just to test the difference between the Selphy and the Picturemate, I printed the same exact photo that I had from the Selphy and compared it to the PictureMate. There is a major difference between the two. The Espon print was MUCH brighter and had much more detail than the Canon. As a professional photographer, I was really amazed at the quality this little printer.

Another real nice feature of this printer is the size of the screen. It's a large 3.6" screen and is extremely easy to navigate. The Selphy had a tiny screen and wasn't near as user friendly.
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I simply can't add anything to the reviews and description of the printer as found on Amazon and elsewhere, including accolades from a number of magazines and websites. This printer is AWESOME!

True transportability, and the quality of prints EXCEEDS what I have had printed at commercial locations by a long shot. The ONLY drawback of course, is the limitation of 4X6 prints... but for what I'm using it for, it's PERFECT!

After buying here at Amazon, I suggest going to Epson's site and purchasing the special Accessory Kit [...] which includes two full ink/paper kits (150 prints each), AND a carrying bag for the printer.

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Best photo printer I have ever used... and inexpensive as well!
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I recently purchased a Nikon D40 camera and I have been researching the best 4x6 photo printer to buy. After much research, I decided on the Epson Picturemate Dash. I have to say that I am so impressed, I have already showed and demonstrated it to 3 people and they immediately ordered one for themselves.

The printer accepts any memory stick, USB thumb drive, direct connection to camera and displays all photos on its built in LCD screen. The photo paper and ink come in a pack and yield 150 photos which comes out to about $.23 per photo. Pictures print amazingly fast...in less than 15 seconds.

The quality of the prints in most cases surpassed the labs that I go to. If you love gadgets, have a passion for great photos, you will be so happy you bought this printer!
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