Epson Picturemate 290 review

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.

OUR VERDICT

Although it’s the most expensive printer here, Epson’s PM 290 delivers an excellent balance between speed and print quality.

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