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HP Photosmart A626 compact photo printer

£120 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

HP’s good-value A626 boasts touchscreen operation with its supplied plastic stylus, plus the ability to produce both 6x4in and 5x7in prints.

HP’s good-value A626 boasts touchscreen operation with its supplied plastic stylus, plus the ability to produce both 6x4in and 5x7in prints.

  • Print quality: 4/5
  • Average print time: 90 seconds
  • Average cost per print: 21p

Its black design and handbag-sized dimensions, complete with carry handle, are reminiscent of a mini ghetto blaster. The 4.8in LCD is both large and clear, and the A626 uses HP’s Vivera ink set.

Flip down the front and four separate card slots are revealed, along with a USB port for connecting PictBridge-enabled digital cameras (again, you’ll have to supply your own cable). Next to these sits a compartment for front-loading the printer cartridge. If you need Bluetooth, an adaptor is available.

There’s nothing fiddly about the HP A626. Touchscreen operation is generally something you love or hate, but here HP cuts the number of buttons and controls required, affording the A626 a minimalist appearance and user-friendly operation.

The stylus allows you to get creative, doodling on your images and erasing any unwanted scribbles. You can also crop images, remove red-eye and adjust photo brightness.

While fun to use, the A626 isn’t the quickest printer here. It delivers a 6x4in print in 90 seconds that’s still wet to the touch.

On the plus side, there’s plenty of detail and HP’s Premium Plus Photo Paper provides a lovely velvety texture – although the blacks aren’t quite as deep and well-defined as they are on the Epson’s prints. The colours, though rich, are a little over-saturated.

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See also:

Canon Selphy ES2 compact photo printer

Epson Picturemate 290 compact photo printer

Kodak Easyshare G610 compact photo printer

Panasonic KX-PX20 compact photo printer

Sony DPP-FP70 compact photo printer

HP Photosmart A626 Expert Verdict »

Max print size: 5x7in
max resoultion: 4,800x1,200dpi
printing method: inkjet
cartridge: three-colour all-in-one
actual/claimed print speed: 90/78 seconds
LCD size: 4.8in
PictBridge
storage formats: CF/SD/MS/xD-Picture
231x165x250mm
3kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 10 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The HP A626 delivers plenty of bang for your buck. With enough photo-editing and enhancing features to keep the kids occupied, the easy-to-use HP A626 produces crisp, colour-rich prints. Pity about the drying time, though.

  • Sony DPP-FP70 compact photo printer

    Sony DPP-FP70 compact photo printer

    Sony’s FP70 is of a similar size to the Panasonic and Kodak dye-subs and it uses the same technology. But just as much attention has been paid to styling as convenience of operation. It’s certainly cute.

  • Kodak Easyshare G610 compact photo printer

    Kodak Easyshare G610 compact photo printer

    Kodak’s entrant in the dye-sub stakes markets itself as a ‘printer dock’ – docking, of course, with its own brand cameras – so that it can be used independently of a PC.

  • Panasonic KX-PX20 compact photo printer

    Panasonic KX-PX20 compact photo printer

    Panasonic’s dye-sub boasts a 3.6in colour display with a 170-degree viewing angle, a side slot for SD media and a remote control.

  • Canon Selphy ES2 compact photo printer

    Canon Selphy ES2 compact photo printer

    The digital revolution has allowed Canon to involve itself not only in image capture, but output too. The company encourages home printing, like Kodak, by bundling cameras and printers together.

  • Mitsubishi CP9800DW high-volume photo printer

    Mitsubishi CP9800DW high-volume photo printer

    The Mitsubishi CP9800DW is an "event" photo printer, designed for social events such as weddings, where you may need to quickly produce dozens of copies of each photo to give to all the guests.


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