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September 4, 2007 – Epson USA trotted out their replacements for the popular PictureMate Pal, Snap, and Flash compact photo printers today. Like their predecessors, the Dash and Zoom produce 4-by-6-inch inkjet prints from PC, memory cards, PictBridge cameras, flash drives, or via wireless connection. These new models feature faster print speeds and a larger LCD screen than the previous generation. The Dash will sell for $99 and the Zoom, featuring a CD-R/CD-RW, will sell for $199. Both models are shipping now. Epson included a tilt, 3.6-inch LCD screen in these latest PictureMate printers, an improvement over the 2-inch and 2.5-inch screens on the previous models. Print speeds were improved as well, by as much as 17 percent over the Pal, Snap, and Flash, to 37 seconds per 4-by-6-inch print. The printers feature 18 layout options, including wallet-sized, passport-sized, 4-by-6-inch, and multiple photos per page. Prints are scratch-, smudge-, and water-resistant, and they’re projected to be fade-free for 200 years in an album and 96 years in a glass frame. The extensive menus on the Dash (PM260) and Zoom (PM290) allow users to crop and resize images, as well as choose from color, black-and-white, or sepia effects. Editing is also possible with Epson’s Auto Photo Correction. Red-eye can also be corrected and color enhanced without the use of a PC. Memory card slots can be used to print images or to transfer files between the cards and a computer or from/to a USB flash drive. Wireless printing from PDAs and cell phones is possible with the purchase of a Bluetooth adapter.
Both models feature the same lunchbox design as the earlier models, with a sturdy carrying handle. True portability is possible with the purchase of the $49.99 rechargeable battery, which is rated for 140 prints on the Dash and 120 prints on the Zoom. Epson also provides a waterproof carrying case for $34.99. The PictureMate Zoom comes with a CD reader/writer built in, for archiving images from memory cards, saving images for friends and family, or printing directly from CDs and DVDs. The CD proofsheet layout option allows printing of multiple images onto a single sheet that can be slipped into a jewel case. Epson sells 150-sheet print packs (with ink and paper) for $39.99 and 100-sheet matte surface packs for $34.99. A microsite devoted to the new PictureMate printers can be viewed at MyPictureMate.com.
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