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HP Photosmart D7268

Kailas Shastry 2008-08-01
77 Good
Price: Rs 8288

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If you thought touchscreens were something only Apple products or their imitations had, you are perhaps wrong. One of the first things you will noticed about the HP Photosmart D7268 is its large 3.5-inch LCD that is also a touch screen. Though you may need to almost ‘press’, rather than ‘touch’ the screen, this feature is a first in this segment. The menu system that you navigate through with this touchscreen is pretty intuitive, thus the whole system gels together.

During the review we found that this printer uses a six-ink tank system rather than the standard 4-ink CMYK system that normal printers use. In our tests, the photo prints did have visually lesser gaps in print under close inspection, and a higher solid color fill. When held at a normal viewing distance of a foot or more, you would not be able to tell the difference. The colors were bright, and did seem a tad over-saturated but the prints did not suffer from color tints.

One of the first things you will noticed about the HP Photosmart D7268 is its large 3.5-inch LCD that is also a touch screen.

Our photo printouts were taken with the ‘maximum dpi’ setting under the quality options, and at this setting, an A4 photo print took almost six minutes to print. Most photo prints will not be A4 sized, and for an occasional task, time taken to print will not be a big issue. However, the Photosmart D7268 has a good draft mode speed of 34ppm (pages per minute) for black and 33ppm for color text. In our text printing speed test, it took 16 seconds for the first print (which is always the slowest), and there after brisk at nine seconds per page of A4 sized print filled with text, with normal mode selected. Text printing (in normal mode) was surprisingly not as good as we expected from this HP. Without trying too hard, we could make out that edges were unclear and ink droplets stuck around the edges of the print.

HP’s software bundle includes a Web-printing application that helps you omit banners and other visual heavy material on a Website while printing, saving you precious ink when you want only the text to be printed. Templates to print albums can come in handy for users not accustomed to professional layout software.

Good quality photo prints, fast operation and the cool-looking touch sensitive LCD screen are the strong points of this printer. To get good quality text printouts though, the normal mode may not always suffice.

Bottom Line

Good quality photo prints, fast operation and the cool-looking touch sensitive LCD screen are the strong points of the HP D7268 printer.

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