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Epson PictureMate PM310 review

Epson PictureMate PM310 - Photo Frame and Printer in One

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Overall rating 7/10
Design:
7
Performance:
7
Features:
8
Value:
7
THE GOOD
Fast, beautiful photo prints.
THE BAD
Slow photo-frame transitions.
Large size.
Can only be controlled via remote.


Performance & Conclusion

Performance & Conclusion

Back to our PM310 review. Once we set it up, we were so eager to start using it that we overworked it! We tried to create a slideshow out of 17MP pictures on our thumb-drive. That created transitions that made us wait nearly eight seconds in-between pictures, so we backed off and loaded more reasonably sized 12MP pictures that were taken from our compact camera. The PM310 handled that fine, but we felt that the transitions were still slightly jerky and could have been smoother. And yes, the PM310 has no internal memory, so you'll be reading images off that external memory for your slide shows. Besides the basic transitions like fade, the PM310 features a host of stranger ones like 'Fashion Show' where an animated penguin sashays down a runway, introducing your digital memories.

Photo prints are where the PM310 really excels though, with fast 4R prints coming out brilliant, colorful and nuanced. Besides being a stand-alone printer, the PM310 can be connected to your PC as well. And yes, this is where we think the PM310 does great while the photo frame part left more to be desired. Controls were yet another area we wish it could have improved since a device of its size and weight is likely to just stay put in one place. Where we think it would do great is in bedrooms and perhaps at parties and events where the Epson PictureMate PM310 becomes your centre of attention; especially for the young ones.

At S$299, the Epson PictureMate PM310 is a great little photo printer, but the overall functionality and practicality of the device has its own limitations.