HP Photosmart Premium Touchsmart Web Review

 

Both Lexmark and HP have launched touch screen printers simultaneously in to the market. but the credit and the laurel goes to HP which is in the first position when considering the consumer space. This is achieved mainly by the Photosmart Premium Touchsmart Web. This printer can be directly connected to the Web either wirelessly or through the wired connection without the necessity of a computer. The home scree n of the LCD can be customized with shortcut applications that are designed for the utility, fun and productivity. It produces excellent document quality and snappy photo prints.

 

Specifications

 

LCD 4.33 inches
Print speeds 8.19 pages per minute
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Ethernet
Paper handling 2 x Input trays, one for 4 x 6 inch photos, one for letter
Price $399

 

Design

 

The Touchsmart Web looks completely different from the older models of the company. It features a streamlined flair along with rounded edges all around the printer. The top edge of the device has a matte black with silver finish and smooth lines on it. This edge has the 4.33 inch control panel that is touch sensitive. The main body of the printer is quite compact measuring only 18 x 19.3 x 7.7 inches. Thus it is easy to fit in any kind of wirk place. The rear side of the printer sticks out slightly. This is due to the removable autoduplexer. This feature allows the users to save money as well as paper by printing on both the sides of it. This model is short when compared with the other multifunctional printers. This is due to the lack of the auto document feeder. This requires the users to manually load the paper in to the scanner.

 

The printer’s front side is completely bare except for the silver cutout at the middle which houses the 4.33 inch touch screen. The power button alone is placed on the right side and there are two tiny LEDs on the left side. These indicate the status of the Bluetooth and the wireless connections. There is a PictBridge USB port and a media card reader that are protected by means of a clear plastic slider cover just below the swivel type of display. The back side of the printer houses the power port, autoduplexer, USB port, Ethernet port and the two phone jacks for fax machine.

 

Features

 

HP has reinstated the dual paper input tray in this printer. The input feeder is a combination of a couple of separate trays. The first one can have up to 20 sheets each of 4 x 6 inches of photo paper. The second one can have up to 100 sheets of standard paper that is 8.5 x 11 inches letter sized paper. There is a protruding plastic arm from the tray to corrals the outbound prints. The printer can handle papers quite well without any issues. This printer makes use of five different HP thermal ink cartridges such as cyan, yellow, magenta, photo black and black. These cartridges cost around $10. the XL high capacity colored cartridges cost $18 and they can print up to 750 pages. The XL black cartridges cost $35 and they can print up to 800 documents.

 

The touch screen is quite surprising with resemblance to iPhone in the landscape orientation.the size of th screen is about 4.3 inches and the users can adjust the display vertically in order to set it with the correct viewing angle. The home screen is the first one that appears as soon as the printer is powered on.  It has a set of icons that are scrollable. They are the shortcuts for the favorite applications. there are four other shortcut buttons at the bottom of the screen and they are for the fax, copy, scan and photo print functions. The users can swipe the fingers and delete the applications that are not required and download new applications from the HP App Studio. The screen is not that responsive and it experiences lag at times.

 

The device has extra applications under the following categories in the App Studio. They are the tickets, photo, news or blogs, kids, home and entertainment. These applications promise to streamline the experience of printing. The main advantage of the printer is that it need not be paired to a computer to gain access to the internet either through Ethernet or through Wi-Fi. The company is about to launch a Software Development Kit in the future. The onscreen Wireless Setup Wizard enables the users to connect the printer to a protected network within a short duration.

 

Performance

 

This printer excels in the printing speed with a aped of 8.19 pages per minute. It performs pretty well in the other tests like presentation, photo and graphics.          The print quality is also pleasing. The black text looks sharp and rich. The color photos are also pretty decent. The colors are slightly dull and are grainy. It produces satisfactory levels of details in the graphics tests. The lines in the photos are more defined in this printer.

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