Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

Dig­i­tal cam­eras have not only re­placed film cam­eras but have also killed the photo print mar­ket. Ear­lier we were forced to visit a photo stu­dio for the prints but with dig­i­tal cam­eras we sim­ply trans­fer them to the PC. Those who still wish to take out photo prints can al­ways pro­cure a mini photo printer—like the Pic­ture­mate 245 from Ep­son.

It is a com­pact printer and comes with a han­dle to carry it around. Ca­pa­ble of print­ing photos up to 4x6 inches, the printer pro­duces bright, real colours. There are loads of con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions too. The front is dom­i­nated by the card slots while a USB port has been placed at the back for plug­ging in a cam­era di­rectly. The dis­play on the front al­lows di­rect, has­sle-free print­ing from the two. The printer can also be con­nected to the PC for tak­ing prints. The av­er­age print- ing time of a 4x6 inch photo sheet was close to 35 sec­onds. The com­pany claims th­ese prints can last up to 200 years. Easy to op­er­ate, the ac­tual print­ing cost per photo is close to 8.

The Pic­ture­mate 245 is aimed at of­fer­ing a has­sle-free photo prin­ing ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing which one can do in­no­va­tive things. For in­stance, tak­ing prints of the mem­o­rable mo­ments of a get­to­gether and hand­ing over the prints even as your loved ones leave. A spe­cial ges­ture that they will love.


BAG IT OR JUNK IT? High on sound qual­ity, low on op­tions.

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