Epson PictureMate 100
The latest addition to Epson’s family of PictureMate compact printers, this PictureMate 100 is finished in white to match your iBook and iPod.
It’s similar in most ways to its big brother the PictureMate 500, but with a few noticeable differences that explain the lower price. For starters the build quality is a little disappointing. While the unit itself feels solid and chunky, the panels are a little flimsy and the buttons on the control panel feel cheap. It has a small colour LCD screen, but it doesn’t tilt so it offers a limited viewing angle.
Print speed for a 6 x 4-inch photo is a rather slow 1 minute 55 seconds. What’s more, the print quality is quite disappointing by Epson’s standards. Colour accuracy and clarity are good but the ink droplets are very visible on the page; the result being that the output looks more like an inkjet print than a photo printer.
The PictureMate 100 offers a couple of optional extras that could come in handy. There’s a battery, to enable portable printing, and a Bluetooth adaptor, so you can print wirelessly from a similarly enabled device such as a mobile phone. You can also buy a PicturePack of ink and glossy photo paper, which guarantees you a price per print of just 22p.
Overall this is a cheap and cheerful compact photo printer, but if you want top quality results we’d recommend going for one of the more expensive members of the PictureMate family.