Epson PictureMate 210

Epson's latest PictureMate 210 photo printer does the job admirably, churning out reasonably-priced, high quality prints without fuss.


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Design
The first things that strike you about the Epson PictureMate 210 is how compact it is, and how little like a printer it looks. Out of the box with handle up and lid down, it looks like a tiny white esky. Gone is the silver and black corporate-like casing of previous models. Open the lid to see a simple control panel surrounding a 2-inch colour LED screen.

The main functions are easily spotted on the buttons, anchored by a large green print button in the lower right hand corner. All controls are pretty simply laid out - photo reviewing, selecting and printing, not to mention basic image manipulation, print format options and even lesser used function like printer head cleaning, were all easily accessible.

Features
SD and flash memory slots on the front of the printer will accommodate most digital cameras, though images can also be printed directly from Pictbridge-enabled digital cameras and Bluetooth-enabled cameras or phones. You will need a separate Bluetooth adaptor for this (AU$69).

Performance
With only the aid of a simple set up guide, the PictureMate 210 scored many brownie points by printing its first, crisp photograph from a memory card within five minutes of being taken out of its box.

Having lived up to its 'plug and play' description, the compact 4-colour photo printer then proceeded to churn out lab-quality prints non-stop for a couple of hours.

Very fine red lines started to appear after all that rigorous non-stop printing, but cleaning the heads (a surprisingly simple procedure explained well in the manual) fixed the issue and print quality returned to the original pro photo-lab standard again.

Downloading its drivers to a laptop is quick and the bundled software give a good range of photo manipulation options.

Printing from iPhoto on a Mac, we were expecting basic borders and borderless options, but happily found ID format for home passport photo printing, as well as a 'sample' mode that prints one 4x4-inch and two wallet-sized photos on the 4x6-inch photo sheet. Contact sheets can also be printed, as can photo stickers with the right stock. Our favourite printing option is'greeting card', although you must live with the constraint that your greeting cards will be limited to the maximum 4x6-inch print size.

Lots of printers produce great photographs, including desktop inkjets and SOHO combination printers, but often the inks and paper are too expensive for heavy use, so the icing on the cake is the consumables price for this printer. An Epson PicturePack costs AU$42.49 and comes with enough paper and ink for 150 6x4 prints. At roughly 28 cents per print, that's about what many commercial photo kiosks will charge, so the PictureMate 210 stands up pretty well on the value stakes.

While the PictureMate 210 was tested, the more expensive PictureMate 250 (AU$329) comes with a larger 2.5-inch flip-up colour LED screen and a joystick configuration of buttons, allowing more complex PC-free image manipulation such as red-eye and backlighting correction. It can also back up images by transfering them from the memory card slots in the front to a USB memory stick (or iPod) in the back of the printer. You can also purchase an optional battery pack for the PictureMate 250 for $AU99, which is a bit pricey, but allows you the option to print easily anywhere you like.

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Stuart
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Stuart posted a review   

The Good:Nothing

The Bad:Expensive ink, clogs up

I have had my PM210 on my desk for a year, and for various reasons have not used it once. I bought 2 cartridges and have used a whole one trying to clean the nozzles! Still without success...my experience with Epson has always been bad. Even though I am aware everyone thinks they make the best printers, my next purchase (a high end pro printer) probably will not be Epson. 3 printers...3 duds. Sigh.

 

Graham posted a comment   

The Good:easy to use, high quality, economical.

The Bad:waste ink pad expensive to replace

High quality durable photo grade prints. Unaffected when wet by clean water and air dried.
Prints cope well with prolonged exposure to sunlight!
After about 4200 prints the waste ink pad need replacing. Parts are cheap, labour cost is uneconomical. I am on my third printer for this reason.
Other printers may have more features. Ease of use and quality of the prints is what matters to me.
Print cost is 35c each over the life of the machine.

 

tom posted a comment   

I to have a picturemate 500 now for 4 years and the prints are fantastic but did you know that these prints are water proof to the point were i had 1 in a pool for 2 hours and came out perfect.
These new picturemates have claria inks so I trided the water test on a print for 3 minutes in the sink, my next test is the pool

sateesh
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sateesh posted a review   

The Good:good quality, carryble, excellent printing

The Bad:printing sheets may be below 60

best printer

ganesh
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ganesh posted a review   

The Good:super colour

The Bad:exalent

very very nice print

KatieH
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KatieH posted a review   

The Good:Good quality print but that is all it has going for it

The Bad:Absolutely no economy here. Cost of my prints is now about 50c each.

I am totally disappointed with this printer. Cheap prints ha, not so. At first you think this is great, but when you don't even get 100 prints from your ink cartridge things start to turn sour. So far all my dealings with Epson have been "unhelpful" to say the least. My suggestion keep going to the kiosk.

rdmthwaites
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rdmthwaites posted a review   

The Good:Small, easy to use, quality fantastic.

The Bad:Nothing

All I wanted was a printer to print photos. I have a printer to do all the other things and didn't want to spend money on upgrading it when all the features worked fine. The Epson PM 210 is fantastic. 5 minutes after unpacking it I was printing a picture from a memory card and the quality is as good as getting them done professionally. It is so easy to use and I can print either from my PC or just connect my camera or even mobile phone straight in and press print. Small so doesn't take up much space. Just 1 ink cartridge to put in, so no fiddling. I can't rave on about this printer enough and I have only had it for 1 day! Fantastic Epson Thank you.




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User Reviews / Comments  Epson PictureMate 210

  • Stuart

    Stuart

    Rating2

    "I have had my PM210 on my desk for a year, and for various reasons have not used it once. I bought 2 cartridges and have used a whole one trying to clean the nozzles! Still without success...my exp..."

  • Graham

    Graham

    "High quality durable photo grade prints. Unaffected when wet by clean water and air dried.
    Prints cope well with prolonged exposure to sunlight!
    After about 4200 prints the waste ink ..."

  • tom

    tom

    "I to have a picturemate 500 now for 4 years and the prints are fantastic but did you know that these prints are water proof to the point were i had 1 in a pool for 2 hours and came out perfect.

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