Epson PM 200 Printer Review
The Epson PictureMate Pal PM 200 is one of the least-expensive portable photo printers in its class, but it also lacks many of the best features seen in the more versatile and expensive models. Expert tests on output show that the machine can print a 4x6-inch color photo in as fast as one minute, which is moderately quick compared to similar inkjet devices. While it has a more limited set of features and uses low-capacity PictureMate Pal PM 200 printer ink, the device is still an affordable solution to printing lab-quality images on the go.
The machine can be transported from place to place due to its compact size of 13x8x10 inches, light weight of only 5 pounds and convenient built-in carrying handle. Unfortunately the PM 200 doesn't use a battery, meaning users will also have to bring the AC adapter and power cord when they travel with the printer. The printer can support a maximum media size of 4x6 inches and comes with a single 20-sheet paper feeder.
This entry-level device has a small bundle of features that are simple to use, including a color LCD that enables users to preview photos, a navigation pad to scroll through images and a button to toggle through layout options like borderless and wallet. Memory slots located on the front of the unit will allow users to print photos directly from many popular flash devices like CompactFlash and SD cards. Users can also use the rear USB port to print photos from PictBridge-compatible cameras.
Built-in features such as PhotoEnhance technology make it easy to edit dark photos and adjust the sharpness and color contrast. Users will also be able to manually select between printing color, monochrome or sepia photos. The unit's photo output is one of its best attributes according to expert tests, printing with clarity and a crisp resolution of 5740x1400 dpi using color Epson PM 200 printer ink.
To conserve space the unit bundles its cyan, magenta, yellow, blue, red and black PictureMate Pal PM 200 ink into a single supply. WIth each Epson PM 200 ink cartridge printing a yield of only 100 pages, this device is best suited for casual users. To minimize the cost of replacement supplies users have the option to purchase low-cost remanufactured Epson PM 200 ink cartridges.
The PM 200's lack of a battery option for printing on the go keeps it from being one of the top choices in its class of mobile printers. However, this inkjet device is a cost-effective option for printing excellent quality personal photos while travelling.