Article Author :Ian Date : 20th Sep 2003 Comments :
The 640PS has a style upgrade over the previous version, and comes in an attractive metallic blue colour, and is much curvier - a similar look to that of some "Hercules" products. This time, HiTi have integrated a 6-in-1 card reader into the unit, which is able to handle CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, MultiMedia Card and IBM MicroDrives.
Again, this PS denomination can print and perform basic image manipulation functions without the use of a PC. The handheld control is attached to the left of the unit, and features a hi-res screen which can display up to 4 thumbnails at a time for browsing, and some useful editing features. Once again, this is an upright design with a paper exhaust in the rear of the unit. This exhaust is used to allow the paper to be passed back, allowing the paper to be printer on several times in one feed (4 passes, one for each colour + coating).
This printer is DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), meaning that a compatible digital camera will be able to select the photos to be printed, and the printer will automatically choose only those photos you have selected (under the DPOF menu).
As you can see, the menu interface is extremely friendly - and is navigated by simple icons. From the main menu you can choose "Photo", "ID Photo", "Index Print", "Sticker", "Quick Photo", "DPOF", "Print All", "Setup". These are all straight forward options which are easy to configure. In the setup menu, simple things such as LCD contrast/Language can be adjusted.
If you are using this standalone, you are still able to produce flawless prints from your camera. With most cameras using DPOF, you are able to select the good photos whilst you take them, and then print them with a couple of clicks of the controller.
The special options on the menu, such as ID photo, work especially well. Within a few minutes from taking a photo, you can create 12 x 1" passport size photo faster than you could in a photo booth.