Summary: This Picture Mate Snap that I bought after reviewing a lot of similar products does print nice photos. It was easy to set up and use out of the box, the LCD screen is adequate and some basic editing is also possible.
The new Epson PictureMate Snap vs the older PictureMate Deluxe
M. Morrison, Amazon
13 December 2007
Summary: I just puchased the PictureMate Flash which is the same as the Snap except it has a built in CD burner. After corresponding with Epson I will probably be returning the Flash. According to Epson Web Support the new PictureMates have gone back to using dye based inks and use 4 color inks.
Summary: It is easy to use and produces good output but it has one fault that may be a deal killer for some. It does not recognize SD cards of over 1 GB. I thought it was DOA when it wouldn't recognize my SD card, so I called Tech Support. They said that that's just the way it is.
Summary: While technology usually improves while getting cheaper Epson manages to degrade their product line. Currently Amazon makes Epson's previous model available, and it costs less. The previous model, titled PictureMate Deluxe uses a more complex ink system and the prints last longer.
Summary: I bought the Picturemate 240 as an "extra" present for my daughter and her family at Christmas. Super product - super pictures and even my 11 year old grand-daughter can work it fine. My only beef is the availability of ink cartidges.