HP Photosmart A626 Review

The HP Photosmart A626 is a compact photo printer that features a special 4.8-inch touch-screen display and stylus in an attempt to make printing photos easier than ever. Equipped with a small carrying handle, the attractive, boom box-shaped A626 is designed for you to carry along on trips or special occasions. The interface is intuitive and innovative, but like the larger, more expensive version of this printer – the Photosmart A826 – the A626’s print quality suffers from dull-looking dark prints. But if you’re a scrapbooker or shutterbug looking for a quick, easy way to immortalise your memories in print, the A626 shouldn’t disappoint.

Weighing slightly more than three pounds, the A626 is a breeze to unpack and set up. After plugging in the power cord, installing an ink cartridge, loading some paper, and inserting a memory card, you’ll be ready to print. The A626 supports all the major memory cards: CompactFlash Type I and II, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard/Secure MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card. Unlike most compact photo printers, the A626 has an input tray that can be adjusted to print on various paper sizes – up to 4 x 12in panoramas. But the input tray capacity is surprisingly small, holding a maximum 20 sheets.

The A626’s strength is its innovative, user-friendly interface. While using this printer, we never had to consult the user manual. Even when it ran out of ink or paper, the printer’s bright screen displayed instructions on how to reload the media. The A626 also makes it straightforward to apply more advanced edits to your photos.

OUR VERDICT

Attractive, easy-to-use, and innovative, the A626 should make a good travel partner for scrapbookers and hobbyists. The ability to print up to 4 x12in panoramas is a very useful option, but the A626’s small paper capacity is a strange, questionable limitation. The printer’s weakness lies in its mediocre ability to print dark or black-and-white photos. But if you’re not the nitpicky type and you’re looking for a user-friendly, fun printer to bring to parties and events, the A626 is a good choice.

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