HP PhotoSmart

The Good Inexpensive; compact; portable; easy to use; includes a multitude of direct-print options.

The Bad So-so print quality; slow print speeds; must swap out ink cartridges to print in black and white.

The Bottom Line The Photosmart 145 is a low-cost option for those in search of a portable, dedicated photo printer, but we recommend the Photosmart 245 if you can afford it.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Support 8.0
6.3 Overall

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Review

HP PhotoSmart

Review summary

If you're in the market for a portable, dedicated photo printer, now's a good time to buy. These days, diminutive printers actually perform well, and there are more to choose from, too, which is why you can find a better deal than the HP Photosmart 145. While this printer looks and works much like the highly rated Photosmart 245, it costs about $50 less. Unfortunately, it's also slower, offers less flexibility when printing directly from digital media, and has slightly poorer image quality. Our advice: Scrape together that extra $50 and buy yourself the 245.

The Photosmart 145 is shaped exactly like a compact loaf of bread, weighs less than three pounds, and measures a mere 8.5 inches wide by 4.5 inches high by 3.5 inches deep. Like the HP Photosmart 245, the Photosmart 145 is designed for travel; you can even buy an optional carrying case ($36) and a car power adapter ($40) through &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eshopping%2Ehp%2Ecom%2Fcgi%2Dbin%2Fhpdirect%2Fshopping%2Fscripts%2Fproduct%5Fdetail%2Fproduct%5Fdetail%5Fview%2Ejsp%3FBV%5FSessionID%3D%40%40%40%401274856239%2E1065574283%40%40%40%40%26BV%5FEngineID%3Dccccadcjiiemejhcfngcfkmdfondfgm%2E0%26product%5Fcode%3DQ3025A%2523ABA%26tab%3Daccessories%26browse%5Flink%3Dtrue%26%23defaultAnchor" target="_blank">HP's Web site. However, unlike the Canon CP-300 photo printer, this printer doesn't give you a battery option, so you'll have to limit your on-the-spot printing to places within range of an electrical outlet.

The front panel of the Photosmart 145 folds out to become an input tray that holds a generous 20 sheets of 4x6, A6, Hagaki, or L-size photo paper. Near the input tray is a bank of slots for digital media, including CompactFlash Types I and II, MultiMediaCards, Secure Digital, SmartMedia, Sony Memory Sticks, and xD-Picture Cards. You can also print from a PC or a Mac or from an HP Direct Print-compatible digital camera via the 145's USB port in the back.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $278
  • Brand HP
  • Type printer
  • Type photo printer
  • Printing Technology ink-jet
  • Compatibility Mac, PC
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