Review: HP Photosmart A826 Home Photo Center
I 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!
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.
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...
*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.