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Conclusion

4"x6" Printers: Your Own Photo Lab
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All of these 4"x6" printers do a good job when it comes to quality. But with only a couple of exceptions, you'll do better to stick to color printing, since black and white printing generally suffers from the absence of black ink or film.

Regarding the technologies used, sublimation is a little behind inkjet, but boasts faster printing speeds and will probably be more pleasing to those who prefer their prints on matte paper.

As for the printers themselves, the HP came out ahead by a length with its Photosmart 375, which produces excellent results, is very adaptable, and has a reasonable cost of use. Kodak is simply out of the race. Epson and Canon will have to quickly find ways to offer products that are more user-friendly than the PictureMate and Selphy DS700, whose lack of a preview display is a major drawback. And the pleasant surprise comes from Lexmark, who has managed to rather quietly come out with a fine product for novice digital photographers.

Model Selphy CP500 Selphy DS700 PictureMate MPE
Manufacturer Canon Canon Epson
Evaluation
Quality 3.0 4.0 5.0
Performance 5.0 3.0 2.0
Cost per page 5.0 4.0 3.5
Noise level 3.0 5.0 4.0
Functionality & driver 1.0 2.5 2.5
Total (out of 20) 15 15 14
Total (out of 10) 7 7 7
Performance
Time to print 10x15, no borders 56 s 92 s 139 s
Specifications
Max. resolution 300 ppp 4800 x 1200 dpi 5760 x 1440 dpi
Memory card slot no yes yes
PictBridge yes yes yes
Connectivity USB 1.1 USB 1.1 USB 1.1
Technology Sublimation Inkjet Inkjet
Colors 3 3 6
Cartridges 1 1 1
LCD display no no yes (no photo preview)
Dimensions 7 x 4.7 x 2.3"
(178 x 120 x 59 mm)
8.5 x 8.5 x 3.1"
(215 x 217 x 79 mm)
10.1 x 154 x 163"
(256 x 154 x 163 mm)
Weight 2.2 lbs (1 kg) 4 lbs (1.8 kg) 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Bluetooth no no yes
Infrared no yes no
Battery no no no
Accessories power adapter remote control Bluetooth adapter
Software ZoomBrowser EX
ImageBrowser
Easy Photo Print
Memory Card Utility
ZoomBrowser EX
CameraWindow 4.6
PhotoQuicker
PhotopStarter
CardMonitor
PhotoPrint
Prices
Avg. printer price $180 $210 $240
Reference ink KP-108IP BCI-16 T557
Price of ink only Pack $12.50 Pack
Pack with ink + paper 108 sheets no 100 sheets
Price $36 n.a. $29
Costs per photo $0.33 $0.32 $0.29
*estimate
Model Photosmart 375 EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus P315
Manufacturer HP Kodak Lexmark
Evaluation
Quality 4.0 3.5 4.5
Performance 3.0 4.0 2.0
Cost per page 4.0 0.0 4.0
Noise level 4.0 2.0 4.0
Functionality & driver 5.0 1.0 2.5
Total (out of 20) 16 9 14
Total (out of 10) 8 4 7
Performance
Time to print 10x15, no borders 98 s 76 s 146 s
Specifications
Max. resolution 4800 x 1200 dpi 300 ppp 4800 x 1200 dpi
Memory card slot yes yes (SD only) yes
PictBridge yes yes yes
Connectivity USB 1.1 USB 1.1 none
Technology Inkjet Sublimation Inkjet
Colors 3 3 3
Cartridges 1 1 1
LCD display yes (2.5") no yes (2.5")
Dimensions 8.7 x 4.5 x 4.6"
(220 x 115 x 118 mm)
13.1 x 7.4 x 3.3"
(334 x 188 x 83 mm)
10.8 x 8.3 5.6"
(274 x 211 x 142 mm)
Weight 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg) 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg) 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
Bluetooth optional optional no
Infrared no yes no
Battery optional no no
Accessories USB cable power adapter, USB cable power adapter
Software HP Image Zone PhotoEasy none
Prices
Avg. printer price $200 $200 $130
Reference ink HP97 PH-40 Lexmark 33
Price of ink only $35 Pack Pack
Pack with ink + paper 125 sheets 40 sheets 70 sheets
Price $45 $25 $30
Costs per photo $0.36 $0.56 $0.42
*estimate
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