Excerpt: Professional small-format photos the easy way, with a compact portable photo printer roughly the same size as a loaf of bread and engineered like a nuclear powered toaster! It makes digital photography easy and fun for all the family, even the Windows print driver is comparatively simple. This is practically the swan-song for the once lucrative but frustrating and time consuming commercial photo processing market.
Excerpt: This Epson replaces the existing PictureMate, which is our favourite compact photo printer. The 500 is a little larger than competing products that use dye-sublimation technology, but it's remarkably small for a six-colour inkjet. It weighs less than 3kg, and its integrated handle makes it easy to carry around. This printer's most obvious improvement is its 6.1cm colour display, which offers previews of images from inserted memory cards.
Summary: Epson's new PictureMate 500 rectifies the two main deficiencies we noted in the review of its predecessor, the PictureMate, in issue 19: a colour preview monitor and battery support. The new model's flip-up 2.4-inch QVGA colour LCD screen lets users view image files before printing them. You can also zoom in on a displayed photo and print a selected area without cropping the original image. . .