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.