PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225by Epson

TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
75 %
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The PictureMate Charm uses inexpensive ink and paper packs to produce high-quality 4 x 6 inch photos.
  • The printer is easy to use, and it supports printing from SD, xSD, and Compact Flash cards.
  • The PictureMate Charm closes into a portable box and goes completely mobile with the optional rechargeable battery.

CONS

  • It prints slower than comparable inkjet printers
  • You can't print from a USB flash drive.
  • It only prints 4 x 6 inch format
Looking more like a picnic cooler than a printer, the Epson PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225 can do one thing--print 4 x 6 photos. The PictureMate Charm holds 20 sheets of photo paper and prints an economical high-quality image in about a minute. With a preview on a 2.5-inch LCD screen, the printer has two slots to provide CompactFlash, Memory Stick, SD Card, and xD-Picture Card input to go from camera to printer without a PC. Add an optional rechargeable battery and you can go completely mobile. You can also add an optional Bluetooth wireless module.
Name PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225 Artisan 1430 PictureMate PM-400
Manufacturer Epson Epson Epson
Techwalla Score
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90%

... as far as personal portable photo labs go, the PictureMate Charm is a useful, decently priced (with its competition) way to get quality …

... as far as personal portable photo labs go, the PictureMate Charm is a useful, decently priced (with its competition) way to get quality photos.

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90%

... the combination of fast speed, low cost per page, and high-quality prints that are both rugged and long-lived puts the Charm way out in …

... the combination of fast speed, low cost per page, and high-quality prints that are both rugged and long-lived puts the Charm way out in front of its competition

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70%

The Epson PictureMate Charm is not as versatile as other snapshot-printer contenders, but it functions well at what it does. It's also cheap…

The Epson PictureMate Charm is not as versatile as other snapshot-printer contenders, but it functions well at what it does. It's also cheap to buy and refill, which is a trade-off worth considering.

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70%

The PictureMate Charm required anywhere from 54 to 70 seconds to print each of our 4-by-6-inch test prints, but they were worth the wait.

The PictureMate Charm required anywhere from 54 to 70 seconds to print each of our 4-by-6-inch test prints, but they were worth the wait.

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70%

I have no complaints about the print quality but the unit is very disapointingly restricted in terms of what other hardware it supports.

I have no complaints about the print quality but the unit is very disapointingly restricted in terms of what other hardware it supports.

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60%

Along with your lunch, you might want to consider bringing Epson’s lunch pail-style photo printer, the PictureMate Charm, the next time you …

Along with your lunch, you might want to consider bringing Epson’s lunch pail-style photo printer, the PictureMate Charm, the next time you decide to work off campus.

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