HP being the 5th largest software company retains its global leadership position in laser, inkjet, large format and multi-function printers market. HP Photosmart A826 Compact photo printer is an outstanding product among the wide range of HP photo printers. Photosmart A826 shatters the statements like photo printers are generally small machines with tiny screens as it comes with a dedicated touch screen. This would enable the users to control all the actions in a fingertip.

Design:

The HP Photosmart A826 Inkjet photo printer comes with a smooth plastic body with rounded edges. It has a wide base of 264mm with narrower stop, 274mm tall and 244mm deep. It weighs around 2.6kg. The highlight of this printer is that it has a 178mm touch-screen and a totally enclosed paper. This photo printer holds a dedicated button which offers captions, frames, simple albums and a drawing function. Using the stylus, we can doodle over the photo and captions can be added by tapping an onscreen keyboard. We can customize the captions by selecting desired fonts and colours. It is also possible to re-size and move the caption on-screen. Four memory card slots, a PictBridge USB port and a plastic stylus in its own holder would be present when we flip down the front cover/paper output tray. A single print cartridge is hidden by a small panel on the printer’s front.

HP Photosmart A826 Compact Photo Printer

Paper Inputs in A826:

We can protect the paper from dust as we have an option to load around 100 sheets of 152 by 102mm or 178 by 127mm paper and close the lid which is hardly possible in other printers. The paper can be loaded by flipping the top panel of the printer.

Features of HP Photosmart A826:

The Photosmart A826 being a standalone photo printer is a boon, which can be used PC-free and thus most of its features are incorporated in touch screen. It is nowhere less than other photo printers as we can set this printer to print from PC. The four memory card slots and PictBridge port makes it possible and easy to print from a memory card or PictBridge devices like a camera or camera phone as well. An optional USB Bluetooth adapter has been offered by HP for wireless printing.

A single touch could control most of the actions like viewing the image, editing and cropping. It has an option to view the images through slide shows and customizing the same. Editing the image is possible as there is an edit option when we look at a particular picture. Adjusting the brightness, reducing the red eye and cropping is possible with the edit option. Zooming in, zooming out and rotating the cropped area between portrait and landscape modes is very simple with crop feature.

One of the wealthy options of Photosmart A826 is the Get Creative option which enables users to add captions, frames, drawing on images, adding clip art, designing album pages and also imparting colour effects. Stylus can be used to edit the captions by changing the fonts, resizing or rotating the image.

In practical, Album option is not up to the mark as it has very limited options which really frustrate users. It allows us to change the album theme, layout and select the photos to be produced. In addition to the quality photo prints, if we have the proper paper, HP Photosmart A826 Colour Photo Printer can be used for panoramic prints, passport photos, photo stickers and CD/DVD tattoos.

Printing Speed:

HP Photosmart A826 has the capability to print 2.37 pages per minute for 152 by 102mm prints. This is a fabulous score when compared to other printers like Epson Stylus R380, Epson PictureMate Snap, and HP Photosmart D7360. The photos offered by Photosmart A826 are really good with lively colours and sharp details.

Performance:

The performance of Photosmart A826 is outstanding when compared to non-snapshot printers. The quality of the photos printed is awesome. Photosmart A826 proves its effectiveness by printing 2.37 pages per minute for 152 by 102mm prints. It has the ability to handle 180x 130mm prints as well as 152 x 102mm prints.

A826 Warranty Information:

Standard one-year limited hardware warranty. Warranty and support options vary by product, country and local legal requirements.

Verdict:

Hewlett Packard Photosmart A826 Compact photo printer is a standalone little printer with a wide dedicated touch screen and build-in paper tray which provides quality photos. This printer would be apt for people who are in need of a standalone printer in their room. Though Photosmart A826 is bit expensive, it is worth for the value.


HP Photosmart A826 – Technical Specifications, Features

Manufacturer HP
Model Name Photosmart A826
Printer Type Colour Inkjet printer
Dimensions 264 x 274 x 244 mm
Weight 2.6kg
Display 14.2 cm LCD (colour graphics), touch screen
Print Speed (Colour Photo, Draft Quality) on
Photo Paper
39 sec
Black print resolution Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
Colour print resolution Up to 4800 x 1200 optimised dpi
Print technology HP Thermal Inkjet
Printer memory 64MB
Print cartridges HP 110 Tri-colour Inkjet Print Cartridge
Supported paper sizes Sheets: Up to 100
Standard Media Sizes: 100 x 150 mm, 130 x 180 mm, 100 x 300 mm
Custom Media Sizes: 100 x 150 mm, 130 x 180 mm, 100 x 300 mm
Media Types supported: Photo paper
Memory Card Compatibility CompactFlash™ Type I and II, Magic Gate,
Memory Stick®, Memory Stick Pro®,
Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard,
SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card
Standard connectivity USB 2.0, PictBridge, memory card slots
Optional connectivity HP bt500 Bluetooth USB 2.0 Adapter, (Q6273A)HP bt450 Bluetooth Printer Adapter (Q6398A),
HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit (Q6259A)
Supported operating systems Windows® XP Home, Windows® XP Professional,
Windows Vista® Ready, Mac OS X v10.3.9,
Mac OS X v10.4, Intel® Mac
Print languages HP PCL3
EPA Energy Star Compliant No
Warranty 1 year