The Good Easy to use; media card slots; built-in networking.
The Bad Uses tricolor cartridges instead of individual ink tanks; prints are not water resistant; slow; big, even for a medium-format model.
The Bottom Line This is a decent printer for the photo enthusiast or scrapbooker who wants the amenities of a consumer printer in the size of a medium-format model.
HP Photosmart 8750 Professional
Despite the word professional in its name, in practice, the HP Photosmart 8750 Professional photo printer seems to target size-conscious consumers instead. It uses nine ink primaries to print borderless sheets as large as 13x19 inches, and its dye-based inks are vibrant yet long-lasting--rated at better than 100 years when displayed under glass.
The HP Photosmart 8750 Professional comes in a relatively attractive brown-and-metallic-gray plastic case with a pop-up monochrome LCD screen for computer-free printing. Paper travels in a U-shaped path from a front tray or straight through via a feeder in the back for heavier stock. As a result, there's no paper holder protruding from the top as with the Epson models, yielding a lower profile despite the unit's 25-inch width. The 8750 does fill a serious chunk of desk space, about 25 inches square when loaded with 13x19-inch sheets. The paper holder and output trays telescope out to handle letter-size or larger sheets, and while these work fine, the extended portions feel a bit wobbly. If someone were to fall against them, they'd probably break, so we suggest you locate the printer well back from the edge of a desk or in a low-traffic area.
In the rear, the Photosmart 8750 offers USB 2.0 for connection to a PC and an Ethernet port for network installation. Up front, there's a USB 1.1 port for HP's Bluetooth option or for direct connection to any PictBridge-compatible camera or USB flash drives. Four uncovered slots accept CompactFlash I/II, SD/MMC, Memory Stick, and xD-Picture cards for direct printing.
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