HP Photosmart A516 Compact Photo Printer

Review: The HP Photosmart A516 prints at sizes up to 4- by 12-inch panoramas, and offers an LCD for previewing photos on cards. (PCMag.com)

You wouldnt know it from the model number, but the HP Photosmart A516 Compact Photo Printer ($99.99 direct) is a direct descendant of last years HP Photosmart 385 GoGo Printer.

HP has changed its naming scheme, but the resemblance was obvious the instant I opened the box. The ink jet-based A516 has the same miniature-toaster shape as the 385—big enough to hold two slices. And it shares key features with its older sibling, including similar print speed, high-quality output, and the ability to print at sizes up to 4- by 12-inch panoramas.

But the A516 brings something new to the party, in the form of nearly waterproof output. And it offers more features than I generally expect to see for this price.

To begin with, the A516 can print from most memory cards as well as PictBridge cameras and computers. And its built-in LCD lets you preview photos on memory cards. Granted, the LCD is only 1.5 inches, and its at a fixed angle, so you may have to move the printer (or your head) to see it well; but its still a big improvement over not having an LCD at all, which is what you usually get (or dont get) at this price.

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