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HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer review

£59 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

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

Among snapshot printers, HP's Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer is tempting on many counts: it's inexpensive, easy to use, and light enough to take anywhere. Even though it's slow, a lot of budget-minded users will find it well worth considering.

You can use the HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer as a standalone printer or connect it to a PC. Even the PC installation is amazingly simple: you just power on the printer and connect it to the PC via a standard USB cable (not included). The driver downloads itself automatically from the printer to the PC. HP doesn't provide a photo-management application as part of the installation, but you do get an electronic help guide and links to support and to registration on HP's site.

To start printing, you unlatch the plastic front panel, which also acts as the output tray. The rear, 20-sheet input tray pops open automatically. When you plug a media card or PictBridge-connected device into one of the three slots on the front panel of the HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer, the printer scans the device for photos. A 2.4in, adjustable LCD and a small, self-explanatory array of buttons help you scroll through photos and select printing and editing options.

The options available may be sparse (red-eye removal, date/time stamp, and the like), but the HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer does have a bonus: It can print on both 4-by-6in and 5-by-7in photo paper. Its cousin, the Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer, shares this feature; the pricier Epson PictureMate Dash does not.

Considering the low price, the HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer's lackluster performance in our Test Centre tests (it produced photos at a sluggish speed of 0.7 page per minute) is tolerable. Though it did an adequate job of reproducing most of our photo samples, some flesh tones looked unnaturally ruddy.

The HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer ships with five sheets of 5-by-7-inch photo paper and a starter tricolor cartridge that yields 10 to 20 prints, so you'll need to buy new supplies almost immediately.

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HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer Expert Verdict »

HP Thermal Inkjet printer
Quoted Print Speed: up to 2.2 pages/min - 4x6in
2.4in touchscreen, Preview screen
USB, PictBridge
Max Resolution ( B&W ) 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi
Max Resolution ( Color ) 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi
Language Simulation PCL 3
Red eye reduction, Borderless printing
32MB installed RAM
CompactFlash Card type II, MultiMediaCard, CompactFlash Card type I, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick, SD Memory Card, XD-Picture Card
1-year warranty
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The HP Photosmart A536 Compact Photo Printer is basic, but also affordable and easy to operate. For many home users, it offers just enough snapshot printing for the price.

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