Epson launches advanced all-in-one home photo centre

Epson has launched its most advanced scan-print-copy device to date with the new EPSON Stylus Photo RX600. This photographic all-in-one unit is designed to not only view, scan, copy and print photographs without a computer, but also restore old slides, negatives and traditional printed photographs.

The Stylus Photo RX600's six-color printer uses variable-sized ink droplets as small as three picoliters to create detailed images with natural and vibrant colours. Users can produce Border Free images on a variety of photo paper sizes such as 4"x 6", 5"x 7", 8"x 10", letter size and even panoramic. The printer also creates photos and text relatively quickly, delivering a 4"x 6" color print in about 39 seconds and up to 17 pages per minute of black text documents.(a)

The Stylus Photo RX600 also features a wide selection of memory card slots from digital cameras or from PictBridge - and USB Direct Print-enabled digital cameras. A built-in 2.5-inch colour display allows users to view and select images, see scans of prints, slides and negatives as they happen, and even crop or resize photos.

Furthermore, a convenient proof sheet feature lets users choose the images they want to print directly from a memory card and specify the print size and paper type. All without turning on a PC.

Memory cards supported include CompactFlash(TM) I and II, SD, Smart Media(TM), Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, IBM Microdrive(TM), xD-Picture Card, Sony Memory Stick(R), Memory Stick Pro, Sony MagicGate and Mini Secure Digital (using an optional adapter).

For the non digital camera user the Stylus Photo RX600 also makes it easier for users to capture images by scanning photographs and saving them directly to a memory card.

In addition to card slots, a front USB port allows users to plug in an external CD-R or Zip drive to save images from a memory card directly to a disc, as well as print pictures directly from a picture CD. Users can also connect an optional Bluetooth(TM) Print Adapter from Epson (sold separately) for convenient wireless printing from a Bluetooth-enabled mobile camera phone, PDA or computer.

The Stylus Photo RX600 also features a scanner along with a built-in transparency adapter for scanning 35mm slides and negatives, all without turning on a PC. This 2,400 x 4,800 dpi, 48-bit color scanner includes exclusive EPSON Easy Photo Fix colour restoration software, which gives users an easy solution for restoring old slides, negatives or prints to their original brilliance with one touch of a button. In addition, users can lay several photos on the scanner bed at one time and the Stylus Photo RX600 will identify each photo, restore the colour and create individual prints.

This all-in-one also functions as a stand-alone colour copier that enables users to produce borderless colour photos or documents again without a personal computer.

The RX600 is available now and has a recommended retail price of £279


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