The Good Improved photo quality prints; incredibly easy desktop software installation; tons of editing features; large touch screen; small footprint.
The Bad Slower-than-average prints.
The Bottom Line The HP Photosmart A636 is an excellent at-home photo inkjet printer that's both versatile and easy to use. We highly recommend the A636 for its significant photo quality improvements over the last model and an attractive design to boot.
|HP Photosmart A636||Samsung photo printers||Polaroid P-500||Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 printer||Polaroid Zip mobile printer|
|Price||$319 Amazon Marketplace||$183 MSRP||$183 MSRP||$160 Amazon Marketplace||$123 Dell Home|
HP Photosmart A636
The $150 HP Photosmart A636 is a slight upgrade to last year's A626, with a few minor software differences. The A636 retains the same body shape and design but adds additional photo customization and editing capabilities. We didn't notice any significant change in print speed since the A626, but we certainly saw an improvement in photo quality. With loads of software versatility, a clean design, and vastly improved picture quality, we're comfortable recommending the Photosmart A636 over the competition.
Design and features
The A636 has the same small print kiosk form of its predecessor. The exterior is still matte black with a glossy output tray that folds down to reveal four media card slots (CompactFlash, Memory Stick, SD/MMC, xD) and a PictBridge USB port. The only aesthetic difference between the A626 and the A636 is the faceplate, which is now light gray instead of blue.
Standing at 5.2 inches tall, 9.9 inches wide, and 4.6 inches deep, the printer takes up very little real estate on a table, and all the trays including the screen, conveniently fold up into the body for clean storage. Conversely, popping open the output tray also releases the rear paper-input door and the 4.8-inch color touch screen, our favorite feature on the printer. Other printers like the Canon Selphy dye-sublimation printer use hard navigation buttons surrounding the display to access features, but the A636's touch screen and stylus work much better for direct photo editing.
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