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Epson PictureMate PalThe Epson PictureMate Pal's feature set will keep casual users happy with its good quality, fast prints, and convenience.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Felicia Yang, associate editor at CNET.com. Today we are taking a first look at the Epson Picture Mate Pal. This is part of Epson's 2006 refresh of its personal photo lab line and there are three products in the line and this is the entry-level product. It retails for about $150 at launch. For a hundred fifty you get a basic good home photo printer, it prints up to 4 x 6, which is what you would get standard at like a Walgreens or a Target. It kind of looks like a little high tech picnic basket, it has a handle because it's portable. So if you flip the lid up you see that the lid also serves as the input, the paper goes in right here, and then right here is the output where the paper comes out. We have all the standard photo printing buttons here, you can change your layout, you can do border to border lists and wallet size prints, even mini wallets. You can print an index on those, which lists the file name and the image number, so if you're scrolling through the images on your memory card, you can get to the picture you are interested in really quickly. It has built in memory slots that take most types of memory cards; some of them may require an adapter. On the back, there is a USB port for printing from Pict[sp?] Bridge cameras, what you can't use the USB port for is like USB flash drives, so you can't transfer photos from a memory card to a flash drive, the other models do have that function. Epson makes it really easy for you to choose your ink and paper; they sell packs basically that have paper and ink in them and their calibrated so when you run out of paper, you should also run out of ink. All you have to do is choose between glassy and matte and you're set to go. I'm Felicia Yang and this is the Epson Picture Pal. ^M00:01:36 [ Music ]