The HP Photosmart D7360 is the successor to HP’s famous Photosmart 8250 and was released along with HP D7160. This ink-jet system is easy to use and employs an brilliant technology that makes printing fun and not a chore.

Simple and smart design:

The  D7360 Inkjet Photo Printer has a very smart look with a glossy white and light-gray body. But the printer is on a bulky side considering the fact that it is a single function printer. Its cleanly look is obtained with the reduced number of buttons, with just seven buttons in the control panel. The seven buttons are Canel, Print,  preview, Zoom in and out, rotate and photo fix.

HP Photosmart D7360 Inkjet Photo Printer

The 3.4″ touch screen:

The D7360 photo printer’s huge 3.4” LCD colour preview screen  is touch sensitive, and is easy to use with your fingers without any stylus. The touch screen is very responsive and gives even audible response. It has very few physical control buttons as the major part of the tapping is done over the screen. The interface has an intelligent lay-out as the options lead you logically without the need of any extra menus. The touch screen is very user friendly but the display is not as sharp as we expected them to be which is a result of awful resolution. It readily takes up greasy fingerprints. One caveat with the design of the display is that the, back and forward button strip at the bottom of the display blocks a part of the images when you are reviewing them. However, scrolling though the images is a swift process and the videos that you have shot can also be previewed, without any audio though.

Set-up:

The set-up of this HP Photo Printer is extremely easy too as the user-friendly display gives you clear instructions on how to set up the printer. Once all the cartridges are inserted, then the photosmart takes around five minutes to put on board a priming routine. The printer takes a long time running various motors once it is switched on. Once the ink-charge cycle starts and the head alignment sheet is printed automatically, the printer is ready for use. Though it is just once, it affects the performance factor.

High capacity vivera separate ink tanks:

Similar to its predecessor, Hewlett Packard Photosmart D7360 prints uses the six inks in individual tanks. The inks are slotted into the six colour coded, front mounted ports which eliminates the need of sticking around with the printer head cartridge. This method reduces wasting and saves a lot of your money. Six-color process printing is a method of full-color printing that provides a wider spectrum of colors than can be obtained from the traditional four-color printing process. The expanded process enables us to add extra colors such as fluorescents or incorporate special finishes like aqueous coatings.

Compatibility:

It is capable to printing images from PC, a variety of camera memory cards or even directly from a camera that is connected via its PictBridge USB port.  But, you can read only one memory card at a time. The memory card slot is housed under a flap on the front plate. The PictBridge is also in the front whereas, the USB slots are available in the rear. Your PC can be connected via the supplied USB cable and the printer can be run from the supplied driver. Additionally, you can print from an iPod that can store photos, which is a feature we have not seen on any other printer. If you want to print wirelessly from a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, you will have to purchase the optional Bluetooth adapter to use with the USB port.

Loading and printing:

Previously, certain HP inkjet printers employed tricky loading of print sheets, but the Photosmart D7360’s paper tray slides forward from the printer to load A4 size sheets, giving you easier access. It can hold about 100 sheets of regular paper. It has a secondary tray that is suitable only for 4 x 6 paper that gets engaged automatically when you print from it. This tray can hold up to 20 sheets of photo paper. The output tray sits right above the input tray with its extendable paper keeper. The complete arrangement might look complex, but it does work in a reliable manner. You cannot override the print settings via the touch screen. D7360’s paper sensor identifies the paper that is loaded in the tray and gives you the best possible settings for that particular paper format. This is a great option for you as you need not worry about the settings that yield good prints. But, if you want to override that settings, then, that can be done by reverting to PC controlled printing. If by mistake you had placed the printing sheet up side down in the feed tray, the printer automatically identifies that and returns it, asking you to correct it. Making life easy right?

Performance:

The HP Photosmart D7360 Printer is is one of the fastest inkjet printers when printing normal colour. The quality of the print is excellent. The colours are rich and vibrant. But then, it lagged in other areas, especially in the top quality modes when compared with its predecessor Photosmart 8250. The black and white prints are neutral but, the output is much darker than the original file. The D7360 quickly produced decent draft quality text, but it was not as close to HP’s claim of 32ppm. It is disappointingly very slow at 4X6 prints , for at the same cost you will get an all-in-one printer like the Canon Pixma MP500 which had rapid prints speed and excellent print quality.

The photo prints from HP D7360 were consistent, a property that was lacking in its predecessor. The quality of the prints are undeniably high, but you would see more grains than what you would have expected from a high end printer like this.

Useful software bundle:

In the past, HP’s printers are usually bundled with lot of software and all that you will have to do is install them with no choice left, but in the case of D7360 Colour Inkjet Printer, we are pleased to inform you that HP has introduced a custom option into its install program. Which means, if you are already owing a hi-end photo editing software, you can avoid the one provided by HP and this results in minimal and speedy installation processes with lesser disc space utilization. The software that is supplied is also very useful and simple. You also get a basic editing and image organising package called HP PhotoSmart studio. This is really a great option for anyone who already does not own any such software.

Verdict:

HP Photosmart D7360 has a very less usage cost, but then, its performance is only slightly higher to HP 8250 and costs much higher. HP Photosmart D7360 is definitely a good photo printer, but we suggest that you can opt the HP D7160 which exhibits similar performance costing much lesser. But, if you are obsessed with the touch screen, then you have to invest only on D7360 as D7160 does not have one. Again, if you are looking for a printer that does the 4 x 6 prints in a flash, then the other options include Canon Pixma iP6700D and Epson Stylus R380. HP Photosmart D7360 comes with a standard one year warranty.

HP Photosmart D7360 Colour Printer – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer HP
Model Name HP Photosmart D7360
Dimensions (W X D X H) 18.2″ x 19.7″ x 9.3″
Display 3.4″ LCD touch screen
Printer type Colour inkjet Photo Printer
Printer technology HP thermal inkjet technology
Printing speed 32 pages/min – Black draft
31 pages/min – Color draft
2.9 pages/min – Photo normal – 4 in x 6 in
Printing resolution Black and white: 1200 x 1200 dpi
Colour: 4800 x 1200 dpi
Borderless printing Available up to 4″ x 12″
Direct photo printing Available using memory cards,
ipods and PictBridge cameras
Paper type and capacity C6 (4.5 in x 6.38 in) , A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) , A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in) ,
A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in) , Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) ,
Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in) , Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
Input tray Capacity: 100 sheets
Output tray capacity: 50 sheets>
Memory card support Microdrive
Memory Stick
MultiMediaCard
SD Memory Card
xD-Picture Card
Memory Stick Duo
CompactFlash Card
Editing options Crop
Rotate
Brightness
Color Effects (Sepia, Antique, or Black-and-White), Frame
Connectivity USB
PictBridge
4 memory card slots
Compatible cartridge HP Vivera Inks
Language simulation PCL3
RAM 64MB
Interface type USB port
Supported OS Windows XP Home
Windows XP Professional
Windows Vista(TM)
Mac OS X v 10.3.9
Mac OS X v 10.4