Epson PictureMate Show first look

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Since the Epson PictureMate Show was announced during the holiday season, we’ve been interested in seeing the compact dedicated photo printer up close due to a large 7-inch widescreen that doubles as a digital photo frame.

The question is can a digital photo frame on a dedicated photo printer entice a market that leans toward multifunction devices? We’ll start to find out as we take a hands-on first look of the Epson PictureMate Show including video of this nifty device in action. 

And make sure to come back soon to read our full review of the Epson PictureMate Show compact photo printer!

PICTUREMATE SHOW SPECIFCATIONS:

  • 4-color dye sub
  • Print speeds:  4×6 prints in as fast as 37 seconds
  • Print resolution:  5760 x 1440 dpi
  • 7-inch 16:9 WVGA tilt screen
  • Screen resolution:  800 x 480 dpi
  • 270 MB internal memory
  • Remote control operated
  • Built-in memory card reader with PictBridge/USB port
  • Paper capacity: 20 4 x 6 inch sheets
  • Optional Bluetooth wireless printing
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Energy Star, RoHS compliant
  • 1-year limited warranty with Epson Exchange program

BUILD AND DESIGN
The Epson PictureMate Show is one of two compact photo printers that Epson offers on their site (the other is the Epson PictureMate Charm) and both printers share a similar design: all white exterior and a compact, boxy build.

The PictureMate Show’s approximate dimensions are 9 x 8 x 6 inches when in non-use; the dimensions expand when in print mode or when the frame is tilted.  The maximum space the Show requires is about 9 x 13 x 8 inches.

Because the PictureMate Show is compact dedicated photo printer, there isn’t an overload of features and devices.  On the top of the printer, users will find the 20-sheet 4×6 paper slot and handle.

On the right side of the Show, users will find the built-in card reader and PictBridge/USB port.  The PictureMate Show is compatible with the following media: CompactFlash (Type I and II), SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick, Microdrive and xD-Picture Card (Type M/H).

The 7-inch adjustable photo frame catches the eye immediately on the front of the printer while the paper output and a small Epson logo at the bottom go unnoticed.  The 16:9 WVGA display is controlled using a small remote included in the original packaging.

While the PictureMate Show’s size and dye sub cartridge makes it super portable, the printer does need to be plugged into an electrical outlet to work.  There is no battery option for the PictureMate Show.  You’ll find the power adapter and USB 2.0 port on the back of the Show.  Epson does not provide a USB cable in the original packaging.

The 4-color dye cartridge is installed on the back of the PictureMate Show by opening a small panel on the bottom and pulling the release lever (labeled lock).

Want to see the PictureMate Show’s display and slideshow?  Or see it print?  Check out our hands-on video now!

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Epson PictureMate Show is available now through the Epson website for the special price of $249.99.  The suggested retail value is $299.99.

Supplies and accessories can be purchased through the Epson website.   The Epson PictureMate 200 Series Glossy Print Pack includes a cartridge and 150 sheets of photo paper for $37.99.  The 200 Series Matte Print Pack includes a cartridge and 150 sheet of photo paper for $32.99.

Epson offers a 1-year limited warranty with Epson Exchange.  Customers can purchase extended service plans for an additional cost.  For the PictureMate Show, a 1-year and 2-year Extended Service Plan can be purchased for $39.95 and $59.95, respectively.

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