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Epson PictureMate Flash (PM280) Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.60 (out of 10)
Review: "The Epson PictureMate Flash ($300 street) is Epson's new top-of-the-PictureMate-line photo printer. It's also the most complete personal photo lab available to date for printing 4- by 6-inch photos. Not only does it produce true photo-quality prints at fast speeds, but its built-in combination CD-RW burner and DVD reader make it easy to print from optical discs or to copy your photos from a memory card to a CD. (Epson says the Flash, which will be sold only through Best Buy, should be available in early November.)

The Flash's photo quality is even more impressive than its speed. Every photo I printed displayed true photo quality. Colors were a touch punchy in some cases, but many, if not most, people prefer that to more realistic, subdued color."

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Trusted Reviews 8.13  11-13-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Photo printers, or as Epson chooses to call them, portable photo labs, are popular accessory for the home-based digital photographer. Epson's new pair of printers, the PictureMate 240 and PictureMate 280 are similar machines, but the more expensive 280 model includes a CD-RW drive, so you can back up your photos from camera or memory card.

This is a very convenient, portable photo printer and Epson has worked hard to make it supremely easy to use. It would have been useful to have had the lithium battery included in the package, to make it truly portable, and some way of carrying paper and power supply without a separate bag would also be handy. Even so, print speed is good and print quality is excellent, so there's little to fault. CD backup is the icing on the cake."

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Photography Blog 5.29  12-19-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Epson PictureMate 280 is a compact inkjet photo printer which can deliver a borderless 10x15cm / 6x4inch print in a claimed time of just 42 seconds. The PictureMate 280 uses a single 4-color (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) ink cartridge. Print resolution is 5760x1440 dpi, droplet size is 2pl, and it can handle photo papers up to 280 g/m² in weight.

We tried hard to like the Epson PictureMate 280, but ultimately there are more negatives than positives. On the plus side, the print quality is excellent when using the Quality mode, with accurate colors and black and white shade, a great glossy finish and waterproof photos that really feel like "proper" prints. On the minus side, the only mode that you can use directly from the printer is Speed, which cuts the print time in half, but produces very obvious horizontal banding. Not being able to set the quality via the printer's menu is a major flaw which makes the Epson PictureMate 280 really only usable when it's connected to a PC, the polar opposite of the term "portable"...."

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