Larger inkjet printers are great for everything from basic text documents to full-color photos, but what about users who want a simple solution for 4x6-inch photos? The Epson PictureMate Express is the answer to the question, and it can produce a 4x6-inch photo in as little as 80 seconds. The cost of Epson Express printer ink is more than users would spend with a larger model, but it makes up for it in portability and simplicity.
As a compact photo printer, the Express is portable enough to take to an event or a gathering, as it measures just 6.4 inches high, with a footprint of 10x6 inches. It weighs just 5.5 pounds with the PictureMate Express ink installed, but it doesn't have a battery like some portable models, so a power outlet will be needed.
The USB port can connect to a computer or laptop to act like a traditional inkjet model, but the front USB port also accepts PictBridge connections to a digital camera for direct printing, and Bluetooth is supported as well. Memory card slots are also available, so that family members can bring their camera or memory card at the end of an event, and everyone can take home photos for a memory. The 5760x1440 dpi resolution is impressive, and makes for very good photos.
The biggest issue is the cost of printer ink, as the Epson Express ink cartridges are not only expensive, but they have small yields of only 100 pages. Still, the simplicity of the unit may justify the extra cost of PictureMate Express ink cartridges, especially for seniors or users who just want a very simple model that is easy to use.
As a portable inkjet model, or even as a home unit for those who want only 4x6-inch photos, the PictureMate Express is a solid choice. Even with the cost of Epson Express ink, it is a solid value for those who don't need more versatility than it can offer.
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