The Kodak Personal Picture Maker is a good multi-purpose color printer that is
capable of doing the day to day printing tasks most computer users need plus
print the occasional digital camera picture. I can't really give it high marks
in the photo printing category because it is relatively slow and the print
quality is not equal to its peers. The Epson Stylus Photo 700 will far
surpass the PM100 in both speed and quality.
It is handy to be able to just pop a memory card in the printer and make
prints without a computer but I don't really see this as a major benefit
for what is basically a desktop printer in the first place. Before you can
print anything you need to print an index page and even in its highest
quality setting the thumbnail pictures in the index are "rough" looking
to say the least.
The ability to read CF and SM memory cards and transfer the images to ZIP
drives without a computer is kind of unique. I prefer to archive my images on
CD-R discs now that the burners are less than $150 and the 650MB blank discs are
down to less than a dollar a piece.
The PM100 does deliver on most of its promises as advertised, it justs falls
a little short in the image quality category. I think that Kodak/Lexmark
made a mistake by not having USB support on this printer, Mac folks can't use
it at all except as a standalone device. My advise, pass it by and
get an Epson photo printer or one of the new HP PhotoSmart P1100 or P1000
printers instead. Sorry Kodak, better luck next time ...