Conclusion: The HP Photosmart 8150 is faster than most standard or photo ink jets, and its overall output quality is better than most as well. But what really distinguishes it is kiosk-style features for direct printing, with options to crop, sharpen, adjust brightness, apply digital flash, and more.
Pros: Output quality is at the high end of the scale for ink jets. LCD for previewing photos. Kiosk-style direct-print features with cropping, sharpening, and more.
Cons: Graphics show banding in default mode. Plain paper pages with nearly full coverage tend to curl slightly.
Excerpt: We reviewed the Photosmart 8150 in our photo printers Labs test in Shopper December 2004, when it impressed us with its direct printing support and decent photos. At the time it cost £170, but price drops mean it now competes with the compact printers in this test. We were interested to see how its performance compared. This is the most flexible printer here, though it isn't as readily portable as the compact devices.