While its name is a bit of a mouthful, the Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition takes the best aspects of the other models in its line and improves on some of their weaknesses. It adds a better LCD screen and the option to run on battery power, while still retaining the portable design and ease-of-use that buyers want. Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition ink costs are higher than most inkjet printers, such as those using HP 10 Black ink.
The most striking feature of the unit may be its 2.4 inch full-color screen, which allows users to manage, edit and print photos directly. Its compact design includes a handle, which makes it a very portable solution, and the handle can fold down when using the machine. In fact, it is so small and portable that it might be more accurate to call it a camera accessory than an inkjet printer.
While it has a low upfront price, the cost of printer ink is a bit high. Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition ink cartridges have a capacity of only 100 sheets. Even though the price of Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition ink cartridges is fairly low, this gives them a high cost per page that does not compare well to the printer ink costs of most inkjet models.
In their review of the Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition, CNET gave it a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. They praised its color LCD screen and its ability to operate on battery power, as well as its compact design and easy operation. They criticized its slow speeds, finding it to be well below the speed of other types of printers, such as a Phaser 8400 which uses Xerox 108R00606 ink.
Overall, the Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition will appeal to buyers who want to be able to print photos from almost anywhere and don't mind spending a little more on ink in order to achieve it.
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