HP Photosmart A716 Compact Photo Printer

By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2007-02-09 Print this article Print

Review: The HP Photosmart A716 leaves most photo printers in the dust, with more features than you'd probably ever imagine. (PCMag.com)

When I reviewed the ink jet–based HP Photosmart 475 GoGo Photo Printer last year, I basically said it was a nearly ideal small-format printer with all the features you could want. Except one.

The output wasnt even slightly water resistant. Pass a photo around on a hot, humid day and it would likely come back smudged. Now the 475 has a sibling—the HP Photosmart A716 Compact Photo Printer ($249 direct)—and HP has not only improved the features that won me over the first time, but added nearly waterproof output too. In short, HPs taken a printer that was close to ideal and made it better.

Despite a change in HPs numbering system, the A716 is a direct descendant of the 475 GoGo, with all the same core features. It can print from a computer, PictBridge-enabled camera, or memory card, or by way of an optional Bluetooth adapter ($59.99 direct). It can print photos as large as 5 by 7 inches, as well as panoramas at 4 by 12 inches. Its internal hard drive can hold hundreds, if not thousands, of photos that you can organize into slide shows. It even lets you preview and edit photos both on its own 2.5-inch color LCD and—thanks to a video-output port and a supplied cable—on a TV.

Read the full story on PCMag.com: HP Photosmart A716 Compact Photo Printer PointerCheck out eWEEK.coms Printers Center for the latest news and reviews of printers.

M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.


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