Review: HP Photosmart A826 Home Photo Center

HP Photosmart A826 Home Photo Center with paper tray closedI received the HP Photosmart A826  and frankly I was curious; it was so light weight...what could it be?!  Taa- Daa!  A PRINTER!!!  Now photo printers are like Christmas to me b/c I love taking pics and making cards. 

When I unboxed the product (see super cheesy unboxing*) I immediately starting singing "Meet George Jetson...dododododododo...his boy Elroy...daughter Judy."  The product seemed very futuristic with nice lines and a 7 inch TOUCH SCREEN!  I am in love with touch screens so anything with this feature makes me happy! Installation was pretty quick, in fact I just plugged it in at first not using my PC but my SD card.  I first printed a photo; it came out flawless (it can print Black: up to 1200 x 1200 dpi, Color: Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi). Who needs to go to the store when you have it right there in your own home; was my initial reaction!Touch Screen

I then used the creative feature; you can make a text caption on any photo in several different colors and fonts.  Other features include red eye removal, personlize greeting cards (with 200 border/ design choices) plus slim/enhance images. All of this was within the printer interface itself; not even using a PC! Thats right kids, no PC needed to edit and create your photos! I admit I had fun with it!

Now it was time to install the software. Bam installed in minutes.  I printed and created a few pictures even one I made for my BFF with the custom frame and caption feature; she loved it!

This product is made to preview, personalize and print photos...and I had fun doing so! Also it doubles as a slide show. My one complaint is that its a tad bulky...though very cool to look at and play with I had a hard time displaying this product in my home.   Its so cute but in a small condo with Texas sized furniture, I could not find a place to display it.

So easy Chloe the cutegeek Chihuahua can use it!

This product is perfect for someone like my sister in law who scrapbooks or like my Aunt Cathy who was born with a camera her hand!  It prints up to 150 photo's per ink cartridge.  Also I think this printer is PERFECT for kids; the design is attractive and cool all at the same time!  This product was so easy to use my dog had to try it out...

I think this printer is a bargain at 199.00 especially for not needing a PC to edit and create. Cheers to you HP! photo

*Note: I made an error in the youtube video about the OS. The printer can support Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit), Microsoft Windows XP,Microsoft Windows XP x64, Microsoft Windows 2000, Mac OS X, and Linux.