PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225by Epson

  • PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225
  • PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225
  • PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225
  • PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225
  • PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225
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.
NamePictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer PM 225Artisan 1430PictureMate PM-400
ManufacturerEpsonEpsonEpson
Techwalla Score
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List Price$200$300$250
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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