Epsom Picture Mate

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Paul Rose, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. Paul Rose

    Paul Rose Guest

    Hi All

    I'm looking to replace my Lexmark printer with a dedicated photo printer.
    I've been looking at the Epsom printers and come across the new Picture
    Mate. I realise it probably isn't as versatile as an A4 printer for example,
    but it does seem very easy to use and the reports I've read so far all seem
    to give it the thumbs up.

    At the moment I just seem to take pics on my digi camera and store them on
    the pc and cd and don't really look at them again. My better half is wanting
    prints so that she can show family and friends etc., so something simple and
    easy to use would be quite useful and the Picture Mate seems to fit the
    bill.

    Can I ask for any feedback from anyone who has any experience with this
    printer or any thoughts on whether this would be a good printer to go for.
    Thanks,

    Regards, Paul (R)
    My Lake District walking site:
    www.lakelandwalker.co.uk
     
    Paul Rose, Oct 14, 2004
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  2. Paul Rose

    TP Guest


    I believe Epson salts can help alleviate indigestion.

    ;-)
     
    TP, Oct 15, 2004
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  3. I thought Paul wanted to get on the right track. But don't bet on it!



    Sorry, Paul, to have fun at your expense, but no experience here.

    Mike
     
    Michael J Davis, Oct 15, 2004
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  4. Sorry to hijack your hilarious (erm...) post Tony, but I missed the OP.

    The Epson has all the drawbacks of the dye-sub postcard printers popularised
    by Canon and Sony and with few of the advantages. It's inkjet, so issues
    like stability and archival quality arise; it's also mind-numbingly slow as
    a result of this. It works out fairly cheap, though I dare say some labs are
    cheaper- 29p per print seems beatable to me. It is limited to 6x4", and is
    aesthetically somewhere between a toaster and clock-radio.

    On the upside, it has a convenient card slot system and you don't have to
    worry about ink and paper as each picture pack comes with both. Also they
    are running a promo to win a Mini, no purchase necessary.

    On the whole, I think i'd give it a miss.
     
    Martin Francis, Oct 15, 2004
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  5. Paul Rose

    Paul Rose Guest

    Hi Martin

    Thank you for your reply. Very much appreciated.

    Lots of useful pointers. Interesting to read about the possible archival
    quality problems etc. This is something that I am pretty concerned about,
    but must admit to not really knowing a lot about. According to the reports I
    have read (both from Epson and independent reviews), the Picture Mate
    apparently uses fade-resistant pigment ink and claims to last for over a
    hundred years without serious degradation (independent tests done by Wilhelm
    Imaging Research to verify this - whoever they are!). I don't think speed
    would be much of an issue just as long as I could insert a media card, set
    it going, and come back when its done the business!

    I was originally going to go for an A4 printer until I saw this but I might
    have to have another re-think, and start looking for a good alternative!

    Thanks again for your advice.

    Regards, Paul
    My Lake District walking site:
    www.lakelandwalker.co.uk
     
    Paul Rose, Oct 16, 2004
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