HP Photosmart C6380 review: HP Photosmart C6380

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Typical Price: $299.00
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Excellent photo-quality prints. Very easy to use. Wireless/Ethernet connectivity. Very quiet during printing.

The Bad ...and very noisy afterwards. No document feeder.

The Bottom Line The C6380 is a versatile, relatively inexpensive all-in-one option for a home or small office. Excellent photo prints and black and white documents make the investment worth it, but do consider the ongoing cost of consumables in the overall package.

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8.0 Overall

Though the design of an all-in-one is unlikely to stir any sort of emotional response within us, the C6380 is nevertheless a very attractive unit, bedecked in a crisp white finish with silver accoutrements. Paper consumables are all accessed from two trays at the front, with A4 paper sitting on the lowest shelf, and smaller photo papers loaded from the higher shelf, within a plastic container that is drawn into the unit during the printing process.

At a moderate 7.45kg, the C6380 is relatively lightweight, though the materials do not feel cheap. Sporting a 2.4-inch tilting screen at the top left and a flat bed scanner across the top of the unit, both feel sturdy rather than flimsy.

As an all-in-one, the C6380 has print, scan and copy functionalities (but no fax). Extra connectivity is provided through wireless (802.11b/g), Ethernet, and an optional Bluetooth adapter (not provided).

One of the big drawcards of the C6380 is its ability to print borderless photos up to A4 size. It has five separate coloured ink tanks, which are all independently replaceable, using HP's own Vivera ink.

At the front of the unit are the standard PictBridge connectors for all common memory card formats, and a USB port. We were disappointed not to see a document feeder provided with the C6380, though considering this is not generally a unit designed primarily for office usage, this is only a minor downside.

The C6380 can be used as a standalone unit or attached to a computer. Firstly, we printed some 4x6-inch (10x15 cm) prints from a standard SD card. Pleasingly, the time from pressing start to the final result emerging from the printer took roughly 31 seconds, though this time does depend on the size and the amount of detail and colour in the shot. We found that, depending on the photo, print time ranged anywhere between 31 seconds and 50 seconds per printout of this size, from a 14.7-megapixel source image.

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