Epson, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of printers, divides its printers in four product lines, which include all-in-one printers, single function printers, wide-format printers, and compact photo printers. Along with the Epson PictureMate Show PM 300, the Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225 is the company’s newest product in the compact photo printer category. The Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225 is a compact and portable photo printer that displays and prints 4×6” photos quickly and easily with Epson’s well-known high-quality printing standard. Epson promises that the PictureMate Charm PM 225 will deliver better-than-lab quality results and longer lasting prints. We will see after this brief review whether it is true or not.
Measuring only 6.7″ x 9.1″ x 5.7″ in closed condition, the Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225 is a super-compact and portable photo printer. Weighing only 7.9 lb, it is also a lightweight photo printer. The Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225 comes in a bright white color, it has a very clean and simple cube-shaped design with a large handle that you can use to carry it around. Its 2.5-inch LCD screen, control panel, and paper slot for Epson PictureMate glossy photo papers are all hidden under the top lid. The built-in card readers for SD, SDHC, CompactFlash, MMC, Memory Sticks, Microdrives and XD-Picture cards are hidden under the front panel, which will also function as the output tray when opened. On the back panel, you will find some connection ports for connecting the Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225 to a computer or a digital camera.
The Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225 is not a fast printer; however, its printing speed is still average compared to other photo printers. The Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225 needs 37 seconds to print a single 4×6” photo; however, it will need approximately 52 seconds per photo when printing a group of photos, because there is a 15-second pause time between each print. If you activate the red eye removal mode, the Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225’s printing speed will be even slower, up to 90 seconds per photo. 90 seconds may sound like a long waiting time; however, if you look at the result, it is really worth the wait.