HP Photosmart Printer
by Shari Bookstaff
At home photo lab or great photo printer?
Looking to print great quality photos at home? Look no further than the HP Photosmart Printer. This series of first class printers will astound you with the color, clarity, and true photo quality prints. HP Photosmart Printers range from small, portable printers that can shoot out 4 x 6 lab-quality prints in minutes to professional, large printers that can give you prints that are two feet wide! Here is a guide to help you decide which one if for you.
HP Photosmart 325 Printer
This HP Photosmart printer is lightweight, portable, and can give you instant prints wherever you go! You don’t even need a computer to use this HP Photosmart printer. Simply put your media card into the slot and push, push the preview buttons, and you’re ready to print. Or, use the new wireless technology on the HP Photosmart printer to print from your camera phone or any Bluetooth wireless technology devices. Truly portable, with a weight of only 3 pounds, you’ll find this printer to be great fun at family reunions, parties, on vacation, or at home in the kitchen. Print your 4 x 6 photos with or without borders at a maximum of 4800 x 1200 dpi on this fantastic little HP Photosmart Printer. With a price under $150, you’ll be the hit of every party when you bring this smart printer along!
HP Photosmart 8450 Photo Printer
While most printers use 4 or 6 different colors, the 8450 is the HP Photosmart printer that uses 8 different colors. This gives you a huge range of great quality tones and studio-quality true-life photos. Your camera memory card connects directly to the printer, and the large, 2.5 inch LCD monitor to view, edit and select photos for printing. You’re your camera take videos? View the video on the LCD and freeze and print your favorite scene. You can also print panorama photos. Maximum print size on this HP Photosmart printer is 8.5 x 11 inches (letter size). This printer costs less than $250.00.
HP Designjet 130
Coming in at a price of $1295, this HP Photosmart printer is for the serious photographer who wants greater control over images. This printer has 6-color printing, for great tonal quality and true photographic images. This printer can print up to 24 inches wide and 64 inches long! Using long-life dye based inks that last over 60 years, this HP Photosmart printer will print those award-winning images. One other great feature of this HP Photosmart printer is individual color ink cartridges. Only replace the color you’re out of!
Choosing a printer
Generally, when you are looking for an HP photosmart printer, here are a few pointers.
- Look for the type of ink that is used. Dyes tend to be more brilliant and faster, but may fade over time. Pigments generally last longer.
- How many different colors does it use? You’ll find photo printers using 4, 6, or 8 different ink colors. More colors sound better, but some great quality printers have only 6 colors. The quality of the ink and size of each droplet of ink are characteristics you’ll find more important.
- When looking at resolution, or dots per inch (dpi), you really don’t need greater than 1440 dpi. Anything greater than that uses more ink than necessary. To show yourself this is true, try printing at resolutions of 1440 and 2880 and see how your photos show up.
One final tip: If you’re shopping for an HP Photosmart printer, or a different photo printer, go into the store and try them out. You can print the same photo on several different printers in the store and see which give you the optimal photo quality.
Shari Bookstaff is a biology professor in northern California, where she lives with her two children. Shari is an avid nature lover, sports fan and photographer.