We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Printers Reviews
15,669 Reviews

HP Photosmart A636 review

£119 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Snapshot printers, beware: HP's new Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer sets a high standard - and rewards impatient, on-the-go users.

Snapshot printers, beware: HP's new Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer sets a high standard - and rewards impatient, on-the-go users.

This midpriced inkjet-based HP Photosmart A636 is fast: 6x4in photos came out in less than a minute; other snapshot printers we've tested took almost twice as long. Most colours looked realistic, with good detail except in dark areas.

Our only gripes: flesh tones appeared a bit orange, and the HP Photosmart A636's monochrome photos had a pink tinge.

In connecting the HP Photosmart A636 to a computer, you must provide your own USB cable (HP doesn't include one), but the driver, stored in the printer's firmware, automatically installs itself.

No computer? No problem. Insert a media card into one of the HP Photosmart A636's many slots to start.

Printing options include captions, clip art, frames, and effects such as sepia toning and cartooning; you also get simple editing tools. The HP Photosmart A636 takes an unusually wide range of media sizes, from 6x4in photos to panoramic (12x4in) to 7x5in.

A few of the Photosmart A636's controls perplexed us (for example, lowering the LCD is difficult), but overall it is easy to use.

And a little confession: we actually missed the versatile HP Photosmart A636 after testing it.


Visit PC Advisor's dedicating Printing Zone for the latest printer reviews, plus news, blogs and forums, and our unique printer price comparison service

Visit Business Advisor for the latest business IT news, reviews, tips and tricks - plus sign up for our unique and FREE business IT newsletter

Visit Photo Advisor for the latest reviews of digital photography and video hardware and software, cameras and accessories. PLUS: get tips and tricks to improve your photos

HP Photosmart A636 Expert Verdict »

Direct dye-sublimation photo printer
max mono resolution 1,200x1,200dpi
max colour resolution 4,800x4,800dpi
PostScript level 3 emulation
USB 1.1 and USB 2.0
Memory Stick
SD Card
xD Picture Card
Windows XP and Macintosh
Bluetooth optional (via add-on)
20-page input tray
20-page output tray
max print size: 7x5in
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you need a quick and versatile photo printer that won't break the bank, and can live with minor image defects, look no further than the HP Photosmart A636.

  • HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer review

    HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer

    HP's Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer is inexpensive, easy to use, and light enough to take anywhere.

  • HP Photosmart A646 review

    HP Photosmart A646

    The HP Photosmart A646 Compact Photo Printer offers a few surprising features for its midrange price.

  • HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One

    HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One

    The HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One handles photos well and offers built-in networking.

  • HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One review

    HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One

    The photo-oriented HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One printer is efficient, with peppy performance, an automatic document feeder, and decent ink costs.

  • HP Photosmart C6380 review

    HP Photosmart C6380

    HP's Photosmart C6380 All-In-One colour inkjet multifunction printer may target home photo enthusiasts, but it does a good job at nearly everything. Still, a few of its features are a bit skimpy for the price.

IDG UK Sites

Microsoft Surface 3 UK release date, price and specs: New Surface tablet offers free upgrade to Win?......

IDG UK Sites

It's World Backup Day 2015! Don't wait another minute: back up now

IDG UK Sites

Adobe Comp CC iPad app review

IDG UK Sites

April Fool's Day pranks: play these geeky pranks on April Fools Day and fool your friends