Epson has been on a tear lately, releasing a wave of new connected tech solutions, including everything from the littlest All-in-One ever, to a portable scanner, to ground-breaking smart glasses with augmented reality. Virtually all of these will be appreciated by any connected individual or household.
Here are several current and recently=-ntroduced Epson products that merit consideration as holiday gifts that will keep on giving long after the holidays are gone:
Epson PictureMate Show Digital Frame/Compact Photo Printer PM 300 ($299.99)
The PM 300’s portable and compact 2-in-1 design enables printing of “better-than-lab-quality” photos up to 4″x6″ in size, and also displays your favorite pictures on a high-resolution, 7″-wide digital photo frame. You can even edit your photos on the display (crop images, fix red eye, choose color effects, and more), and print them, all without a PC. Of course, you can hook it up to your PC and print via USB, but you can also easily connect to any digital camera or insert a a memory card and print (CF I and II, SD, Memory Stick, and Microdrive formats are supported). Custom layout templates are also included for the production of 16 photos per page, 4 photos per page, wallet-size photos, mini wallet-size photos, proof sheets, and custom layouts. There are no physical controls on the PM 300 – instead, all operations are performed using the remote control, so don’t lose it. The PM 300 also folds up neatly, and includes a carrying handle for easy carrying.
Cost of Ownership
Once acquired, all you need to run the PictureMate Show is electricity and Epson ink and photo paper packs, each containing a 4-color dye-based ink cartridge along with 150 sheets of photo paper. Cost per print is competitive when compared to that of other photo printers and photo-printing services.
- PictureMate 200 Series Print Pack – Glossy (150 4″x6″ Photos) – $39.49
- Cost Per Print – 26.3¢
- PictureMate 200 Series Print Pack – Matte (150 4″x6″ Photos) – $33.49
- Cost Per Print – 22.3¢
PowerLite Home Cinema 500 ( $379.00)
Huge screen on the go! This is a portable home theater projector for big-screen entertainment. Screen an 800p video as large as 300″ and as bright as 2,600 color and white lumens anywhere that there’s an electrical outlet and a projection surface. Connect the Home Cinema 500 to any device that has an HDMI cable (compatible with the latest laptops, Blu-ray Disc players, game consoles, and more) for HD-quality viewing. There’s also a Game Mode for displaying video games or TV programs in well-lit rooms, instant off, and a projection lamp that lasts up to 5,000 hours.
Cost of Ownership
- EPSON ELPLP670015 Replacement Lamp – $199
- Lamp Cost per Two-Hour Film – 4¢