The HP Photosmart D7460 is a wireless touchscreen inkjet printer that is difficult to fault at this price. Difficult, but by no means impossible.

Once you've gone through the slightly long-winded but pleasingly simple installation process, the first thing that strikes you about the HP Photosmart D7460 is the LCD screen. It's not just its size that impresses – although at 3.5in, it is relatively expansive – but its touchscreen capabilities.

Moving through various menus is so much easier when you can just press the relevant area. HP is no stranger to touchscreen technology (the Touchsmart series stands out amongst desktop PCs), and it's nice to see HP pushing it out on its printer range. It also makes the HP Photosmart D7460 very easy to use without a connected PC, particularly when used in conjunction with the memory card drive. You can also connect USB drives, although we didn't find this feature consistently flawless.

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You're not restricted to a tethered USB or ethernet connection with the HP Photosmart D7460, as it majors on extensive wireless facilities. Both 802.11b/g networks and Bluetooth are supported, and the setup routine is slick and easy to negotiate.

But what of the printing facilities? Well, the HP Photosmart D7460 does really well on print quality. While not matching the visually opulent output of the Canon Pixma MX7600 - which is more than twice the price - in truth we fail to see how the majority of users could be anything but enthused by the ravishing colour and clarity of the HP Photosmart D7460's photo prints.

Speeds are very good too, with a high calibre of reproduction at the 2.5 pages per minute (ppm) rate. The fastest mode offers a top speed of 6.7ppm, and even here the print quality is high indeed – the HP Photosmart D7460's lowest-quality mode is on a par with the top modes of many a cheaper inkjet. You also get a separate photo paper tray, and this proves incredibly convenient for printing on to dedicated paper (up to 7x5in).

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The HP Photosmart D7460 is a wireless touchscreen inkjet printer that is difficult to fault at this price. Difficult, but by no means impossible.

The HP Photosmart D7460 is primarily a photo printer, but it could easily double as a dedicated wordsmith too, with impressively dark and clean text.

Even at the fastest 13.3ppm mode, the HP Photosmart D7460's output is competent, and the highest quality mode produces strong results at the still-decent rate of 3.3ppm. No match for a mono laserprinter, but perfectly competitive with the typical inkjet.

And so the bad news: our testing was plagued with paper-feed issues. The HP Photosmart D7460's paper tray itself is cramped and a touch awkward, and seems incapable of keeping the paper in place for more than a few prints.

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We experienced no problems printing text, but we were rarely able to print more than two or three pages of graphics before the HP Photosmart D7460 insisted that we take out the paper, straighten it, and place it back inside the tray.

We notice that a few users of the HP Photosmart D7460 have reported similar problems, so it's unlikely to be confined to a defective sample. We might also quibble slightly about the noise generated – in the fastest mode, the HP Photosmart D7460 is almost deafening, and this might bother those intending to place the HP in a quiet home office.

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HP Photosmart D7460: Specs

  • A4 colour inkjet printer
  • max print resolution 4,800x1,200dpi
  • quoted print speed B=34 C=33ppm
  • actual print speed B=13.3ppm C=6.7ppm
  • supported interfaces USB 2.0, Ethernet, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth
  • dimensions (wdh) 532x233x466mm
  • weight 8kg
  • inkjet costs B=£23 C=£8 x 5
  • flash memory drive
  • direct USB
  • 1-year warranty
  • A4 colour inkjet printer
  • max print resolution 4,800x1,200dpi
  • quoted print speed B=34 C=33ppm
  • actual print speed B=13.3ppm C=6.7ppm
  • supported interfaces USB 2.0, Ethernet, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth
  • dimensions (wdh) 532x233x466mm
  • weight 8kg
  • inkjet costs B=£23 C=£8 x 5
  • flash memory drive
  • direct USB
  • 1-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

When a printer has obviously had such thought and care lavished upon it, it's a shame that it should be marred by something as simple as paper feed. Not all the HP Photosmart D7460's users have had the same problems, and it's possible that this fault affects only a few units, but you shouldn't have to gamble on something so fundamental. For its graphics and text output, and wireless capabilities, it is otherwise difficult to fault the HP Photosmart D7460 at this price.

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