HP Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer Q8637A : Review
Electronics Made Easy
12 May 2010
Summary: HP has packed a lot of features into this little printer. It's small enough to be out of the way at home and easy to take along with you to a wedding, party or even on vacation. The 4.8" LCD touchscreen allows you to do more with your photos before printing them, and the instantly dry output is better than average. And you get the HP reputation for quality, reliable products at no extra charge.
Pros: 4.8, Fold-down LCD and carrying handle, optional battery, Fast - 71 seconds for 4, Can perform a number of operations directly on photos, Acceptable quality at 4800 x 1200 optimized
Summary: 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.
Pros: Improved photo quality prints; incredibly easy desktop software installation; tons of editing features; large touch screen; small footprint.
Summary: For $149, the HP Photosmart A636 offers pretty-good print quality, and we like the built-in touchscreen and editing capabilities. If you're on a budget, we recommend this standalone photo printer.
Excerpt: HP's Photosmart A636 is the only mini-photo printer here to use inkjet rather than dye sublimation technology. It's also the only inkjet that takes a single three-colour print cartridge rather than individual ink tanks. HP supplies an 'introductory' cartridge in order to get you started. Although the squat A636 takes up no more desk space than Canon's ES30, it takes up more space in use.