Epson PictureMate Personal Photo Printer
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- USB, memory card slots, optional Bluetooth - PC and Mac
- 6-color pigment inks; resists fading for up to 200 years in archival sleeves
- Remarkably low operating cost, about 29 cents per print
- 1-touch 4-by-6-inch lab-quality photo printing
- 5,760 x 1440 dpi maximum resolution, 2.5-picoliter drops
- USB, memory card slots, optional Bluetooth; PC and Mac
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|Wide Compatibility |
|Slots for digital camera memory cards in several formats|
The PictureMate prints JPEG or TIFF photos from any USB digital camera and is compatible with both Mac and PC operating platforms. A wide variety of card types are also accepted, including CF Type I and II, SmartMedia, Sony Memory Stick/MemoryStick PRO, Duo (requires adapter), SD, MMC, and xD-Picture.
The printer initially comes with a starter photo cartridge and 20 sheets of paper. Thereafter, you'll purchase PictureMate Print Packs, which contain 100 sheets of paper and a photo ink cartridge with an approximate 100-page yield.
|Prints That Last and Stay Beautiful |
|Original print (left), then a spill-and-wipe test on leading glossy and semi-gloss papers (two middle) and on PictureMate (right)|
The prints resist water, smudging, and most notably fading. Epson estimates an archival lifetime of up to 200 years if the photos are kept in a relatively dark place (such as a photo album) or up to 100 years in a frame (see Epson's web site for details). True borderless printing (or bordered, if you prefer) combined with sturdy stock help to give your prints a professional look and feel. A cartridge level indicator lets you know how much ink you have left.
|Easy Operation |
|Simple menus and one-touch buttons make printing a snap!|
Other features include a multiple print function that lets you make up to 100 copies of a single picture. A Save Photo button lets you back up digital files directly to an external CD-R, Zip drive, or USB Thumb drive.
The small 10-by-6-inch footprint fits neatly onto your desk or countertop, and the convenient handle provides true portability. An optional Bluetooth adapter lets you print wirelessly from Bluetooth enabled devices. The PictureMate is backed by a one-year limited warranty.
What's in the Box
PictureMate Personal Photo Lab, power cord, starter PictureMate photo cartridge, 20 sheets of PictureMate Photo Paper, CD-ROM, user manuals; Epson Software Film Factory 3.05 (PC and Macintosh compatible, P.I.M. and Exif Print-enabled); USB cable not included
Top Customer Reviews
There was no comparison! The pictures printed by the Epson PictureMate were 100% better than the same pictures when they were printed commercially. So I bought it immediately.
For $29 you get a six jet ink cartridge plus 100 sheets of 4 x 6 paper -- making the cost 29 cents per photo, same as in the store. Epson guarantees that you can print 100 pictures from the ink cartridges. Being somewhat cheap, I have printed several more pictures after the 100 sheets ran out. I did find that the quality on another brand of paper is not as good as on the Epson paper. They probably design the ink and paper to be used together.
I am very satisfied with my Epson PictureMate. We took a long vacation this summer in a travel trailer, and it is compact enough to store easily, and easy enough to use that when I wanted to print up some of my photos I did.
A few minor caveats: You MUST use Epson PicureMate paper. Results are poor to fair with anything else. But at these prices, so what. Printing is s--l--o--w. Paper tray is too small.
There are only a couple reasons why I did not give this printer 5 stars. One was the lack of portability. A battery option would have been nice, especially since it is compact and comes with a handle. Also, there is no display to see what you are printing. How can you crop a photo without knowing what you're cropping??
I hope Epson will take these things into consideration and include these options in the next model.
As for those of you who have had problems with the printer cropping your photos when you didn't ask it to, it is because your camera may not be taking 4x6 photos. The printer will fit the photo the best it can but it will have to cut some information out in order to print it on the given size of the paper.
Overall, I am very happy I got this printer. I highly recommend it!
On the down side, a little bit slow (but not 6-7 minutes like someone post it here), but considering the quality of the photos it's worth it. Also known poor Epson support.
Now if you print from desktop, the Epson driver will still somewhat crop your picture, even after you crop to 6x4 in Photoshop or something like that. That's because the printer driver increases the size of the print to allow for sloppy alignment and the edges of the photo are oversprayed (printed off the edge of the paper) when borderless is selected.
If this is a problem for you, there is a work around. Just add a border of about 15 pixels before you print, and the driver will remove the border and no additional cropping of the picture. There you go...Happy printing....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When i tried to print pictures off of my phone using a usb cable it ruined my phone. My phone no longer charged. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
The worst ever, I'll never buy anything used again without a visual . There was no power cord inside the box so I never got to see if it worked! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Klassikat
This little printer produces fantastic, long-lasting 4x6" images when using genuine Epson ink cartridges. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CowMoo
I tried to make it print with a Linux Mint system ! it suppled a driver but it still was a no go! so i cant say much good for the product. Read morePublished 9 months ago by joeen priest
I have used the printer once and it worked beautifully! I did have to clean the printer heads and test print several times but it is a used machine and probably sat unused for... Read morePublished 15 months ago by ELIZABETH