Epson PictureMate Flash: Your Personal Photo Lab

By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2007-02-09 Print this article Print

Review: The Epson PictureMate Flash comes complete with a built-in CD burner that makes archiving easy. (

The Epson PictureMate Flash ($300 street) is Epsons new top-of-the-PictureMate-line photo printer. Its also the most complete personal photo lab available to date for printing 4- by 6-inch photos. Not only does it produce true photo-quality prints at fast speeds, but its built-in combination CD-RW burner and DVD reader make it easy to print from optical discs or to copy your photos from a memory card to a CD. Epson says the Flash, which will be sold only through Best Buy, should be available in early November.
If you dont want a CD drive, Epson will be happy to sell you the PictureMate Snap (which is the Flash but without the optical drive) instead. Click here to read a review of the Canon Pixma MP600 all-in-one printer. The Flashs drive goes a long way, however, toward turning a typical dedicated photo printer into a self-contained photo lab. With it you dont need a computer to print from optical discs, archive your photos on CDs, or simply copy photos so you free up space on your memory card. Even better, Epson has made it so easy to burn CDs that anyone can do it—even the most extreme technophobe. Simply insert a memory card and a blank disc, press the Save button, and step through a few easy instructions and questions on the LCD. You even have the option to print an index sheet so you have a visual record of the photos on each disc—a particularly nice touch. Read the full story on Epson PictureMate Flash Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news and reviews of printers.

M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.


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