HP Photosmart A636 Printer Review

I’ve seen some rave reviews on the HP Photosmart A636 compact photo printer, and I do like HP printers, so I had to get my hands on one to see what all the fuss was really about. Is it as good as they claim, you ask? Here’s my take:

The HP Photosmart A636 has a great, compact printer body, weighing only 3.4 lbs., a built in handle for easy portability, and prints at a relatively decent speed. But what makes this printer so fabulous is its 4.8” touch screen that offers great convenience features. Directly on the touch pad you can edit photos. It gives you the ability to crop, adjust brightness, add a frame, draw on the image and even create greeting cards (which I personally love to do for the Holidays). It also has this “pet eye” feature which in addition to fixing red eyes on humans will find green, white and yellow eyes pets often have in pictures and fix them as well. The printer also has the ability to not only print 4×6” photos, which most standard photo printers are able to do, it also can print 5×7” photos at a touch of a button.

The other fantastic feature is the A636’s effortless driver installation – a truly innovative feature. You can actually install the driver directly from the printer by connecting it by USB and that’s it! To print from a USB flash drive, memory card or PictBridge camera, all you have to do is plug in the power cord, snap in the one cartridge and load paper; it’s as simple as that.

So, the short answer to the question is yes – The HP Photosmart A636 is a great compact photo printer. I would definitely recommend it.

Lexmark X7675 Pro Review

Courtesy of Lexmark Inc

Courtesy of Lexmark Inc

Recently I had the pleasure of playing around with a close friend’s new printer and I wanted to give you the full review. The Lexmark X7675 Pro Multifunction Inkjet Printer has its pluses and minuses, but overall, the printer is a great option compared to several other multifunction inkjet printers.

The pluses: This printer comes with extensive network connectivity as standard, including Ethernet and Wi-Fi support. I found that the Wi-Fi setup time and process was extremely easy compared to most. The onscreen guide helped me setup and print a page in only about five minutes! The Lexmark printer also has a duplexer for printing on both sides, auto document feeder, and is compatible with high yield cartridges. Additional bonuses include intuitive control panels that make the most common device settings easy to adjust, OCR scanning software, and an outstanding and generous five-year warranty program for great peace-of-mind.

The minuses: I’ll be honest; the printer is not as fast as it claims. I was definitely pacing, waiting for the sheets to spit out, but the quality was decent. The other negative is it can only hold up to 100 sheets of paper, while other competitors can hold up to 250 sheets of paper. I would have liked it better if it could hold more paper and if it came with some advanced paper handing options.

All in all, the Lexmark X7675 Pro gives office professionals and advanced home users an easy-to-use tool to print clear media, fax documents, and scan text and photos. The device holds-up to its promises to streamline initial setup processes and establish a Wi-Fi connection quickly and pain-free. This printer comes with some great additional features. I would suggest, however, that if you are a home user looking for a cheap plug-and-print printer, that this may not be the one for you, but it is excellent for more advanced users. Therefore, this printer gets a solid recommendation from me like several other lexmark printers from different printer categories.