View and print photos on your TV so you don't have to move off the sofa for anything. Well, except to take them.
Printing isn’t exactly the most exciting area we get to cover here at TrustedReviews (then again, I think transistors are cool) but once in a while something quirky comes along and catches my eye – albeit not at Crysis levels. Anyhow, here’s the trick: Epson and Philips have together announced a nifty device called the PhotoViewer, which enables the viewing of photos (the clue’s in the name) on a TV and printing thereof to an Epson PictureMate 240 printer, the big brother of which we thought was rather good.
The device is connected to the printer either directly, if you fancy having a printer in your living room, or over a (wired) network and to the TV using ‘standard’ (read: unspecified) connectors. Pictures are transferred to the PhotoViewer either using the multiple built-in memory card readers or via USB and then viewed on the TV screen, a small level of control is offered via a remote and there is a dedicated ‘print’ button to carry out the devices party piece should a particular image in the slide show catch your eye as being worthy of commitment to paper.
If you find yourself thinking ‘gosh, my TV would truly make a great platform on which to browse and print digital photographs’ then you’re probably alraedy sold on the idea. The less persuaded might wonder just how hard it is to use a PC when Philips’ solution will set you back in the region of £120, especially as the energy saved from not needing to leave your sofa to print pictures is negated by having to move to take them in the first place. Nonetheless, printing aside, I imagine countless neighbours will find themselves subjected to slide shows of Christmas skiing trips courtesy of this device come New Year.