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Home Printing Steps Into PMA Lime Light

2/10/2004 08:59:00 AM Eastern

Las Vegas — In a show typically dominated by retail printing solutions, home photo printers have increasingly grabbed a larger share of the spotlight as big name vendors launch new models with features designed specifically to lure digital novices to stay home and make prints.

Epson announced the Stylus Photo R200, a six-color photo inkjet printer that can print directly to inkjet printable CDs via a front loading tray. The R200 features a maximum resolution of 5760 by 1440 dpi and sports a second USB port in the front for connecting to a computer or notebook. It can produce borderless prints in 4 by 6, 5 by 7 and 8 by 10-inches at speeds of 37 seconds for 4 by 6 and 78 seconds for 8 by 10-inch photos. Text speeds clock in at 15 pages per minute.

It will ship this month for with estimated street price of $99.

The company also announced the RX600 Photo all-in-one for a suggested $299. The RX600 features a 2.5-inch color LCD screen, a 2400 by 4800 dpi scanner, a 7-in-1 flash media card slot, and features a USB host port for PictBridge printing and a USB 2.0 port for PC connectivity.

The unit features printing at a maximum resolution of 5760 by 1440 dpi through 6 individual ink cartridges and can produce borderless 4 by 6, 5 by 7 and 8 by 10-inch photos.

Olympus will add the P-10 dye sublimation printer to its dye-sub line, which includes the P-400. The P-10 ships this month for an estimated street price of $199 and can provide 4 by 6-inch prints without borders in under 45 seconds. It can also print a 3.5 by 5-inch photo with a border. It is PictBridge-enabled. Media packs will range from a suggested $26.95 to $59.95, depending on print size and sheet capacity.

Sony will slap its PictureStation brand, formerly found on its retail kiosk, on its dye sublimation photo printer line. The DPP-EX50 (pictureed below) will replace the EX5, and ships this month for a suggested $179.

The printer features a front USB port and is PictBridge compatible. It offers two slots for memory cards, one for Memory Stick and another for CompactFlash cards, which can also be used with a third party adopter for other card formats. The EX50 features a video output to show images in a slideshow on a TV, where users can then perform basic photo editing and create greeting cards that can then be printed.

The unit products 3.5 by 5 and 4 by 6-inch color photo prints without borders.

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