Photosmart A716

Photosmart A716

You're going to wonder how something so small can do so much.


A grade-schooler's lunchbox is bigger than the Photosmart A716, but we bet this tiny printer packs goodies that will tempt you a lot more than a PBJ and some Oreos. Although it works as expected when hooked up to your Mac via USB, it's terrific as a stand-alone printer that connects directly to your digital camera.


The Photosmart A716 measures 9.8 by 4.8 by 4.5 inches and weighs about 3.5 pounds. You can print from a PictBridge-compatible digital camera or insert your memory card into one of the printer's memory slots. The stunning 2.5-inch LCD lets you preview your pics before printing, and you can enhance your images using the Photosmart A716's Photo Fix feature. Feeling crafty? The printer also lets you add a decorative frame, event-specific clip art (hearts, Easter eggs, and the like), prewritten greetings, or one of a few color effects, including sepia tone and black-and-white.


We printed photos directly from a digital camera and memory cards without a hiccup. A 4-by-6-inch color photo took around 2 minutes, while a 5-by-7-inch color image took around 2.5 minutes - about average for a snapshot printer. Colors had nice saturation and accuracy, but the flesh tones were a bit uneven.


The Photosmart A716 has about 3.4GB of built-in storage for pics. So when you need to make space on your camera's memory card, just move the photos to the printer. When connected to your Mac, the printer's hard drive appears on your desktop, and you can drag and drop images onto and off of it. You can also copy video clips you shot with your digital still camera, connect the printer to your TV, and watch the clip on a bigger screen - a cool bonus.


The bottom line. The Photosmart A716 is our camera's new best buddy.


PRICE: $199.99
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.3.9 or later, USB
Portable. Internal hard drive for storing photos. TV connectivity.
Average print speed. Uneven flesh tones in printed photos.





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