Image quality is really excellent. Well-balanced colours and pin-sharp definition are the order of the day and because of the dye sublimation print technology, there are no visible dots, so they really look like photographic prints.
Sagem includes a feature called Crystal Image, which slows printing slightly, but nowhere in the documentation or publicity does it suggest what Crystal Image is supposed to do. From its name, we assume it improves the image quality and comparing identical prints with and without Crystal Image switched on, there is a slight sharpening apparent in the Crystal Image print.
The only thing that can mar the print quality from the PrintEasy 110 is any dust on the print blanks in the paper cartridge. Dust specks immediately show up as white dots on the finished print, so it’s essential to keep the paper blanks under cover or in the cartridge at all times.
For its size, this is quite a noisy printer. We measured it at 63dBA while printing and most of this noise comes from feeding the print back and forth through the printer. This puts it in quite a noticeable frequency spectrum, so it’s not a printer to leave running when you’re trying to concentrate.
Sagem sells two printing packs, one good for 75 prints and costing £25, but the other something of a bargain at £30, as it can produce 150 prints. This is the one we used for calculating running costs and as you can see, it comes out at 20p per print. This is a very good price per print, particularly for ones of such high quality. When you combine it with the low purchase price of the printer, it gives a very attractive total cost of ownership.
Sagem’s EasyPrint 110 is truly idiot-proof to use, and it would be hard to think that anyone could produce poor prints from the printer, unless they were a lousy photographer. It’s not often we award a printer 10/10, but when you look at the print quality of this little machine and couple it with the low print cost and low asking price, there’s no avoiding that conclusion.