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HP Photosmart 7350 Photo Printer


Review posted 8/24/02



HP Photosmart 7350 Photo Printer


Get impressive color accuracy and precise image detail with the affordable ($249 as of Aug 2002) HP Photosmart 7350 photo printer, which features up to 4800-optimized dots per inch (dpi) or up to six-ink color printing. Users can download and print photos from a digital camera via the printer's four, onboard memory card slots or print directly from selected Photosmart cameras - no computer required. Additionally users can produce borderless 4 x 6-inch photos using the convenient 4 x 6-inch photo paper tray and HP Premium Plus Photo paper.


Photosmart 7350 Features:

  • Photo quality printing with up to 4800-optimized dpi or up to six-ink color printing
  • Separate 4 x 6-inch photo tray holds 20 sheets and allows you to print photos without unloading the regular paper tray
  • Print directly from CompactFlash (Type I or II including IBM Microdrive), SmartMedia, Secure Digital / MMC and Memory Stick
  • Print directly from HP digital cameras using the front USB port
  • Send and save photos to the computer easily via the printer's save-to-PC feature
  • Use the memory card slots to transfer image data to the computer, works just like a card reader
  • Optional black ink cartridge for faster, crisper black text for regular printing tasks.
  • High-quality photographic reproduction using HP's exclusive color layering technology from Photoret IV
  • Resist fading for up to 73 years on HP Premium Plus Photo paper (according to tests by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc.)




Versatile Printing Options


Print from Flash Memory Cards



HP Photosmart 7350 Photo Printer

The printer has four flash memory card slots on the front next to the control panel. There is a dedicated slot for CompactFlash Type I or II cards including IBM Microdrive, a slot for SecureDigital or MultiMediaCard, a slot for SmartMedia and a slot for Memory Stick cards. Only one card can be inserted at a time (photo above is for illustration purposes only.)   You will receive a control panel warning if you attempt to insert more than one card.

After inserting a memory card the data LCD will tell you that it is reading the card and then shows the number of picture files that it has found. There is no color LCD display to preview your images before printing so the next step would be to print an index sheet.


HP Photosmart 7350 Photo Printer

You can print up to 63 thumbnails per 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of paper. Each thumbnail has the filename printed below and in the bottom left corner is a number that is assigned by the printer. You use this number to reference the photo(s) that you want to print. You can also select the ALL PHOTOS option if you want to print all the pictures on the card.

Using the selector switch you input the photo #'s that you want to print, then the number of copies, select the desired paper size and hit the PRINT button. You can use the Tools menu to manually adjust brightness (7 levels,) select cropping (standard or full image,) borderless (on, off) or choose a color option (color, black & white, sepia or antique.) The Tools menu also lets you clean the print cartridges, select paper settings, page layout, menu language and regional settings.


HP Photosmart 7350 Photo Printer

The memory card slots act just like a card reader when the printer is connected to a computer via the USB cable. The memory card appears like a removable drive in the "My Computer" folder of a Windows XP machine. You can easily copy, move or delete files on "Drive F:" using Windows Explorer or any file management program.


HP Photosmart 7350 Photo Printer

You'll find two new tray icons on your task bar. One looks like a memory card and turns green when a card is inserted in one of the four card slots. Right-clicking on it brings up the menu as shown above. The icon to the right gives you access to the 7350's printer driver. See the section "Print from Computer" on the next page for the driver features and options.




Print Directly from Photosmart Cameras

HP Photosmart 7350 Photo Printer

Many of the new HP digital cameras such as the Photosmart 620, Photosmart 720 and Photosmart 812 (shown above) can be connected directly to the printer using the special USB cable that is supplied with the camera. The camera is connected to the front USB port on the printer.


HP Photosmart 7350 Photo Printer HP Photosmart 7350 Photo Printer

Using the camera's Share menu you select the photos and number of copies that you want to print. This can be done with the camera by itself or when the camera is placed in the HP 8881 Digital Dock. See our Photosmart 812 camera review for more details on this operation.






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Photosmart 7350 Specifications

Color Technology HP PhotoREt IV, ColorSmart III
Print Resolution, Black 1200 x 1200 dpi black text
Print Resolution, Color up to 4800 optimized dpi color printing on premium photo papers and 1200 x 1200-input dpi when printing from a computer
Color Printing yes
Print Speed Black, Draft Quality up to 17 ppm (with optional hp 56 black print cartridge), up to 10 ppm (with included print cartridges)
Print Speed Color, Draft Quality up to 13 ppm (with optional hp 56 black cartridge), up to 11 ppm (with included print cartridges)
Media Types paper (plain, inkjet, photo, and banner), envelopes, transparencies, labels, cards (index, greeting), iron-on transfers
Media Sizes, Std. U.S. letter, legal, executive, envelopes, index cards
Paper Handling 100-sheet input tray, 24-sheet 4 x 6 -in photo tray
Paper Trays, Std. 2
Paper Trays, Max. 2
Input Capacity Sheets, Std. 100
Input Capacity Sheets, Max. 100
Output Capacity Sheets, Std. 50
Duplex Printing automatic (optional with the purchase of hp two-side printing (duplex) accessory)
Envelope Feeder no
Memory 16 MB built-in RAM
Memory, Max. 16 MB
Memory card compatibility CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital / MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick
External I/O Ports 1 USB port (back of printer) for PC and Macintosh connection, 1 front USB camera prot for connection to hp digital camera with direct-printing capability
Connectivity, Opt HP Jetdirect 175x external USB ethernet print server
Connectivity 1 USB port (back of printer) for PC and Macintosh connection, 1 front USB camera port for connection to hp digital camera with direct-printing capability
Print Languages, Std. HP PCL level 3 GUI, PML
Dimensions (W x D x H)

18.7 x 15.4 x 6 in

Weight

14.3 lbs.

Duty Cycle up to 5,000 pages per month
Warranty Features 1-year limited warranty backed by hp customer care
System Requirements, Minimum

Microsoft® Windows 98, Me, 2000 Professional, XP on Pentium® II (or equivalent) or greater, 64-128 MB RAM; 500 MB free hard disk space; 4x CD-ROM drive, SVGA monitor (800 x 600, 16-bit color), USB port and USB cable (not included), Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (5.5 or later recommended)

Mac Compatible yes
System Requirements, Macintosh, minimum

Mac OS 9 or OS X 10.1 or greater on G3 processor or greater Macintosh, 64-128 MB RAM, 500 MB free hard disk space, 4x CD-ROM drive, SVGA monitor (800x600, 16-bit color), USB port and USB cable (not included)

What's in the Box hp photosmart 7150 color printer, power cord, HP 57 tri-color inkjet print cartridge C6657A (17 ml), HP 58 photo inkjet print cartridge C6658A (17 ml); basics guide; setup poster; hp media sampler pack; CD-ROM with hp photo & imaging software and hp memories disc creator software (Windows only), Windows and Macintosh driver; electronic documentation
In Box Cable no
Print Cartridges, Std. 2 (1 each tri-color, photo inkjet) print cartridges. Optional hp 56 black print cartridge must be purchased separately
Software Included hp photo & imaging software (Windows only) and hp memories disc creator software (Windows only)
Energy Star Compliant yes




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