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HP Photosmart 7960 Review

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HP’s Photosmart 7960 might appear expensive, nevertheless , you receive a lot for your money. A built-in LCD enables you to preview as well as modify photos before printing, or you can print straight from digital media as well as an HP Direct Print digital camera. Furthermore, the unit generates among the better photos we’ve witnessed to date from a photo inkjet. This is an ideal selection for those who love to shoot and print digital pictures.

The 7960’s 19.5-inch width is broad with respect to an inkjet, although its over all size can easily allow for a whole lot of added features. Under a clear plastic lid, a multitude of digital-media slots enable you to print directly from CompactFlash, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, as well as xD-Picture Card media. Additionally you get a USB port for connecting a notebook computer or possibly a direct-printing camera. The three ink cartridges needed in the Photosmart 7960’s eight-colour printing need the print carriage to be a tad more substantial compared to normal. The Photosmart 7960 takes a USB cable, which is sold separately.

Upon the front panel, a 2.5-inch colour Liquid crystal display allows you to examine and also modify pictures prior to printing. A handful of buttons manage the LCD’s options.

The Photosmart 7960’s paper handling is approximately the average for an inkjet, although it is tuned towards photo printing. The input tray supports 25 sheets of photo paper, 100 sheets of plain paper, or even 15 envelopes. Output capacity is 20 sheets of photo paper, 50 sheets of plain paper, or 10 envelopes.

The Photosmart 7960 works with Windows 98 or over and Mac OS 9.1 or more. Set up is a simple case of loading the correct drivers from the bundled CD and then plugging in the machine to an available USB port.

The 7960 unit is really simple to use that we employed the printed guide only one time – to figure out how to place the photo paper.

The Liquid crystal display lets you conduct simple editing tasks, such as removing red-eye, increasing brightness, as well as incorporating a frame. You could even create an album or even print an index page without resorting to a Computer. Sending pictures by using e-mail requires a Computer, however it is straightforward: press the E-mail button and consequently go through measures specified within HP’s outstanding software.

The bundled Compact disc has a collection of helpful software that will enable you to accomplish a good many tasks that you are liable to desire easily.

Photo output with the HP Photosmart 7960 ink cartridges was among the best we have ever witnessed. It printed skin tones smoothly and also uniformly. The unit produced with ease complex juxtapositions of textures, colours, as well as shading in our evaluation photo. Graphics output with the HP inkjet paper was likewise very good. In reality, we’d never witnessed these types of rich shading and gradient parts on our examination document; additionally , the line drawings as well as fine details were all spot-on. On the whole, however, the colour appeared very nearly washed out compared with that of the original. Text was decent as well as dark but a bit fuzzy about the edges. Nonetheless, when we did some casual printing upon higher-quality, coated inkjet paper, the text looked much crisper.

The Photosmart 7960 definitely can take its time. Our testing revealed a typical photo printing speed of 5.3 minutes per 8.5×11 page. Text documents printed at 2.2 pages per minute, about average for a photo printer.

All in all the HP Photosmart 7960 is a superb, if unhurried, photo printer.

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