Excerpt: Not every printer has to be “top of the line” to retain quality. HP makes a wide assortment of printers ranging from $50 printers to $1000+ behemoths that do everything imaginable. The HP Photosmart 8050 is a perfect blend of quality and usability at a reasonable price. It has some great features such as a photo preview LCD, media card slots, and the ability to function as both a standard and photo printer.
Pros: Good value; included media card reader, LCD screen; fast print times; good photo pictures
Cons: Included ink is not sufficient forcing you to buy more right away; paper tray can be confusing at first
Summary: This is a printer that can be four or six inks. When the black is not in use it fits in it’s own little space inside the unit ready to be quickly swapped with the photo cartridge. However this unit is far more than a standard photo printer.
Excerpt: Three of the printers in this group use two ink cartridges, each of which contains three inks to give a total of six colours. Of these, HP's Photosmart 8050 is the only printer that comes with black, three-colour and photo three-colour cartridges. It's good to be able to get the best from a new printer without having to buy further supplies, even if the cartridges bundled with the Photosmart 8050 are only standard-yield items.
Summary: The £88 HP Photosmart 8050 offers fewer features and is slower than the more expensive Photosmart 8250, but it delivers better print quality. It has a colour LCD, four media card slots and a Direct Print port.