Pros

  • Large, tilting, 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Built-in 802.11g wireless

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Input and output trays tricky to juggle

At A Glance

Ethernet, 802.11b/g wireless, and a large touch screen make this printer progressive but pricey.

Manufacturer’s Description

Photosmart A526 Compact Photo Printer prints directly from a camera memory card. Just insert a camera memory card, view your shots on the 2.4" display, and press a button to print. Photo is out in 39 seconds immediately ready for viewing. No need to trim edges or cut off borders. You can even print to Bluetooth-enabled devices (adapter sold separately). Delivers 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi on advanced photo paper. Photo printer allows you to browse and select photos while you print. Automatically removes red eye, sharpen photos, and improves color using the red-eye removal button. Photo printer offers borderless printing up to 4" x 12", direct photo printing with memory cards, PictBridge cameras, and a 20-sheet input tray. Connectivity includes on one USB, one Pictbridge and four memory card.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number Q8531A#B1H
Interfaces/Ports
USB Yes
PictBridge Yes
General Information
Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
UPC Code 883585085248
Manufacturer Part Number Q8531A#B1H
Brand Name HP
Product Name Photosmart A526 Photo Printer
Marketing Information

Photosmart A526 Compact Photo Printer prints directly from a camera memory card. Just insert a camera memory card, view your shots on the 2.4" display, and press a button to print. Photo is out in 39 seconds immediately ready for viewing. No need to trim edges or cut off borders. You can even print to Bluetooth-enabled devices (adapter sold separately). Delivers 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi on advanced photo paper. Photo printer allows you to browse and select photos while you print. Automatically removes red eye, sharpen photos, and improves color using the red-eye removal button. Photo printer offers borderless printing up to 4" x 12", direct photo printing with memory cards, PictBridge cameras, and a 20-sheet input tray. Connectivity includes on one USB, one Pictbridge and four memory card.

Product Model A526
Product Type Inkjet Printer
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.hp.com
Product Line Photosmart
Product Series A520
Memory
Memory Card Supported CompactFlash Type II, Memory Stick MagicGate, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Secure Digital, MMC, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card
Memory Card Slot Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • Photosmart A526 Photo Printer
  • User's Guide
  • Power Supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB cable (mini b-a)
  • HP Photosmart Software
  • HP 110 Tri-color Inkjet Print Cartridge
Additional Information
  • Print Technology: HP Thermal Inkjet

Custom Media Size:

  • Tray 1: 4 x 6 to 4 x 12 in
Physical Characteristics
Height 5.4"
Width 8.9"
Depth 4.6"
Weight (Approximate) 43.04 oz
Form Factor Desktop
Warranty
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Media Handling
Media Size 4" x 6", 4" x 6.50", 4" x 8", Panoramic - 4" x 12", Custom Size
Standard Input Media Capacity 20 sheets
Media Handling 1 x Input Tray 20 Sheet
Media Type Photo Paper, Photo Card, Borderless Media
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed 1
Borderless Printing Yes
Technical Information
Platform Supported PC, Mac
Maximum Photo Print Speed 39 Second
Maximum Print Resolution 4800 x 1200 dpi
Print Color Color
Fonts & Emulation
Language Emulation PCL 3

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Good
Print quality: Color photo Superior
Print quality: Grayscale photo Fair
Copy quality n/a
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 6.9   ppm
Performance
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 45.46
Sports Action Shot (secs) 24.48
Line Art Output Quality Fair
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 20.54
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.7
Overall Scan Quality n/a
One-Page Webpage (secs) 22.76
Tested Lineart Speed (ppm) 2.5
Color Output Quality Fair
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 112.63
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 23.61
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 2.9
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 45.79
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 2.5
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 20.33

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