Snapshot printers are gaining a good amount of popularity, which makes perfect sense considering how amazing their print quality is and how user-friendly they generally are. The HP Photosmart A626 is definitely one of the smaller snapshot printers we've seen lately. With its toaster-inspired design and compact size of 11.7 x 13.2 x 25.2 cm, it's easy to pack this one into anything and carry it on your little vacations. It even comes with a nifty handle for toting around!
The glossy piano finish exterior, which seems to be the material of choice for most manufacturers these days, will look smashing at first, but you had better have someone around polish it with a lot of love and devotion to keep it that way. Or else... well, you know what happens to iPods, don't you?
Though the main USB connectivity of the A626 is at the back, the front part can be flipped down for PC-free connectivity options. There are four memory card slots to cover most of the commonly used card standards. Then there's the Pict-Bridge port and the slot for loading the single cartridge this uses. You can also buy upgrades that allow you to connect to the printer via Bluetooth or WLAN.
The main highlight of the printer is its large, adjustable, touchscreen LCD display that comes with a convenient stylus. The display is as user-friendly as it gets, and the touchscreen options help reduce the button clutter on the printer body.
In our performance tests we printed pictures of various types (taken from D-SLRs, consumer cameras, phone cameras, artwork etc), at the maximum resolution (1200 dpi) until the prints started to show signs of ink depletion. Only a couple of prints were taken in normal print mode, for quality determination. All the tests were done on 4x6 inch glossy photo paper.
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