I have become quite the photo enthusiast since having my kids. No matter where we’re at, I almost always have my camera with me. It’s one of those must-have items that I don’t want to be without, as you just never know when there’s a going to be a memory to capture. I thoroughly enjoy displaying the pictures I take of my kids around our home, sharing them with family and friends, and putting together photo albums, baby books, etc. so we have them to cherish always. I never used to be very good about getting pictures printed off (they would often just sit on my computer), however, I’ve gotten a lot better about it, and thanks to Epson, I can do so even easier!
Epson America Inc. is a leading provider of digital imaging products and known for their high quality, functional, compact and energy efficient range of products. Whether you’re looking for printers, scanners, or 3LCD projecters….they have it all.
For those who visit here often you may remember my review of the Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One Printer. It’s one we have used more times than I can count since receiving it, and have found the printing quality to be outstanding each and every time. We are huge fans of the Epson brand, which is why I couldn’t have been happier when I learned we were going to have the opportunity to review the Epson PictureMate Show.
The PictureMate Show combines innovation and style and is a breakthrough in the compact photo printer market. It is a convenient solution for displaying, sharing and printing high quality pictures right from the comfort of your own home. Its 2-in-1 design enables you to print ‘better than lab-quality’ photos, and also display your favorite images on a high-resolution, 7″, widescreen digital photo frame. All of this is done without a PC!
- Compact and convenient size
- 7″ widescreen photo frame with a 16:9 tilt digital photo display
- Remote control
- 12 unique slideshow formats
- Great print resolution and durable, smudge, scratch and water resistant photos
- Large 270 MB internal memory to store hundreds of photos
- Prints from memory cards, USB thumb drives, PictBridge devices and PDAs or digital cameras without the need for using a computer.
- Prints custom sizes from 0.3″ x 0.3″ to 4″ x 6″
- Auto Photo Correction for highest quality prints – ‘better than lab quality”
- Fast Print Speed
- ENERGY STAR® qualified
When the PictureMate Show arrived, I was impressed with how much was included in the box. Other than the PictureMate Show Digital Frame/Compact Photo Printer, there was also a Remote control, paper tray, power cord, paper and starter photo cartridge, quick start guide and CD.
It not only takes up very little space, but has a convenient handle on the top which makes it easy to take along to family gatherings, scrapbooking parties…anywhere you may find a need to display your pictures and/or print them off.
Of course, after checking out all that was included…I couldn’t wait to get it set up and test it out. I thought about having my hubby help me get it set up, but I was too excited to try it out and didn’t want to wait for him to get home from work. So, I decided to follow the very user-friendly instructions and found the steps to be quite simple.
Once in, the memory card light flashes and the display tells you how many photos are on your card. At this point I browsed around to see all the PictureMate Show has to offer. The main screen makes it easy to navigate to the page you need. You can choose from Print Photos, Layout, Slide Show and Photo Storage.
I was very curious to see the quality of the printed photos, so I decided to try that out first. It shows you all your pictures and by using the remote you can scroll through them to find the one(s) you want to print.
The following is an example of one of them I did. The top picture is the original and the bottom picture is cropped. This picture does not do them justice…they came out amazingly clear and professional!
I am still amazed that so much editing can be done to a photo without the use of a computer. How convenient! That means I can take this with me anywhere, whether I have a computer available or not! By simply using the remote, I was able to crop the picture and could even choose to change it to Black & White or Sepia if I wanted. The following pictures are ones that I put a border on.
The remote control is very easy to use, however, I often find myself touching the screen out of habit since that’s what our Artisan 810 Printer has. I don’t mind the remote control, but think having a touch screen would make it even more user-friendly.
Since the remote control is so small, I was happy to see that there is a spot to store it right on top of the PictureMate unit when not in use. This ensures that we do not misplace it and always know where it’s at when we need it.
Having printed lots of pictures since receiving the PictureMate, I can tell you that I’m continually impressed with the picture quality. They are just as nice (if not nicer) than those that I order and have printed in the store. The ink is completely dry once it prints which means I don’t have to worry about smudging them or scratching them.
The pictures also print very quickly. There have been many times already that I’ve been working on the kids’ baby books, or needing a picture for one of our frames and I just go to the PictureMate Show and print them off. It’s that simple!
Other than the fact that the PictureMate is a compact photo printer, I also appreciate that it has a large 270 MB internal memory, making it possible to store hundreds of photos. If I don’t have time to print a bunch off, I can simply store them and go through them at a later time.
I also LOVE that it’s also a Digital Photo Frame. The slideshow option is probably one of my favorite features. There are 12 unique slideshow formats, including one that’s a book flipping through pages with your pictures on them, a calendar and more! They’re so fun to watch!
Overall, I have been very happy with the PictureMate Show from Epson! It’s extremely easy to use, innovative and convenient for people like me who enjoy being able to easily display and print pictures to share with others. It’s an everyday photo sharing solution the whole family can enjoy. It would make the perfect gift for anyone on your Christmas list this year (or any other time throughout the year)!
Buy It: You can purchase the PictureMate Show for $299.99.
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