Thu, 16 Oct 2008 Epson Picturemate 290 review
- Manufacturer: Epson
- Pros: Fastest printer on test, great quality prints
- Cons: USB cable not included, most expensive on test
- Min specs: Max resolution 5,760x1,440dpi; 1-year warranty; photo print speed 1.62ppm; card reader; USB; Bluetooth; direct print; 3.6in LCD; 231x165x250mm; 3kg
- Price: £170 inc VAT
- Star rating:
With large, clearly labelled buttons and a 3.6in tilting LCD, the easy-to-use PM 290 is top of Epson’s portable range.
Its looks are rather uninspiring but it has a useful carry handle and you can add a battery for true portability. However, its unique selling point is producing a 6 x 4in print in just 37 seconds.
The PM 290 is Bluetooth-equipped and capable of direct printing. It takes almost any type of media card. The printer is also PictBridge and USB-equipped (USB cable not included).
A chunky ink cassette inserts into the base at the back, while the paper slots into the top of the device. On-screen prompts talk you through the printing process. Epson’s claimed 37-second output speed actually matched our own tests. And, impressively, if you buy a 100-sheet pack, the cost per copy is just 20p.
The PM 290 delivers warm, well-saturated colours, deep blacks and crisp detail. If your budget can take it, the PM 290 comes highly recommended.