The HP Photosmart 3310 shares many features with earlier all-in-ones from HP, but this model ups the ante in a couple of important areas. Like the HP Photosmart 2710, the 3310 features stand-alone copying, faxing, scanning, and printing, plus wired and wireless networking, built-in camera card slots and a PictBridge port. The 3310's individual ink tank system, featuring two dedicated photo inks, is superior to the 2710's dual cartridge system, plus the 3310 adds scanning for negatives and slides. If you like the scanning adapter but don't require networking or faxing, check out the sibling HP Photosmart 3210 or the rival Canon Pixma MP760. But if you need an automatic document feeder for frequent photocopying, check out the pricier HP 7410 or the Canon Pixma MP780, which better fit small offices.
The shiny grey HP Photosmart 3310 measures a compact 457mm by 508mm by 508mm (WDH) with the scanner lid open and the paper trays extended. This machine weighs 12 kilograms, heavier than its slim body may appear yet easy to lift. Unlike more business-oriented all-in-ones, the HP Photosmart 3310 lacks an automatic document feeder; instead, the detachable flatbed scanner lid houses a built-in adapter for film, negatives and slides to serve photo hobbyists.
A large, 2.5-by-3-inch colour display dominates the center of the HP 3310's elegant control panel, which you can tilt for the best view. Dedicated buttons cover Photo, Video, Copy, Scan, HP Instant Share and Fax functions, alongside an alphanumeric keypad, a target-style menu, and a blue-glowing wireless radio icon. Four camera card slots and a PictBridge digital camera port are also in front. Lift up the control panel from underneath to access the six pop-out ink tanks, which include an extra-large black module and smaller cartridges for yellow, light cyan, cyan, light magenta and magenta.
The HP Photosmart 3310 includes a 50-sheet output tray; a photo paper tray that holds up to 20 sheets of snapshot paper; and a main, bottom paper tray that holds 100 sheets of paper from 7x12.7 cm to 21.6x35.6 cm in size. To load photos, you must remove the underside of the output tray, which is easy. But because the photo tray doesn't move, you'll have to grope around to load pages into it. At the back, the HP Photosmart 3310 conveniently locates a USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port and an indicator light, as well as two fax ports (1-line and 2-EXT) in one area.