Epson PictureMate Zoom PM 290
Released August, 2007
The Pros:On-board software functions edit photos prior to printing (no PC required) and work well to enhance images. More affordable base price than older PictureMate models. Outperforms competitors' models in print speed.
The Cons:Aesthetic is blocky and not as attractive as older models. Only supports printing on 4x6 size paper, many printers in this price range are variable.
The Epson PictureMate Zoom 290 is a high-end dye-sublimation photo printer. Print speeds are fast, with 4x6" prints estimated at 37 seconds per print. Epson estimates that, under optimal conditions, photos will last over 200 years in an album.
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Smaller-scale print media is supported, including wallet, mini-wallet, and passport-sized photos. The Zoom 290 includes a built-in CD burner for fast archiving of photos without going through a PC. The drive can also be used to print directly from CD or DVD. Support for direct-printing from all major flash-memory card types is included, as well as support for PictBridge-compatible devices.
- Print Speed: 37 Sec. (4x6" print)
- Archival-Quality Prints
- Small media support
- Built-In CD Burner
- Print directly from CD or DVD
- Supported Flash Cards: Compact Flash I/II, SD, SDHC, xD, MMC, Memory Stick, Microdrive
- PictBridge-Compatible device support
- Replacement Cartridges: T5846 Pack (Glossy), T5845-M Pack (Matte)
- Warranty: One Year Limited
User Reviews (1)
On-board software functions edit photos prior to printing (no PC required) and work well to enhance images
More affordable base price than older PictureMate models
Outperforms competitors' models in print speed
Shadow details are very well defined, minimal "blackout" regions
Resolves/eliminates paper jamming issues that hampered previous PictureMate models
Aesthetic is blocky and not as attractive as older models
Only supports printing on 4x6 size paper, many printers in this price range are variable
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