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HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

Review posted 09/22/04

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

The HP Photosmart 375 compact photo printer lets you preview, edit and select photos to print from its built in tilting 2.5-inch color LCD. It's easy to print lab-quality borderless 4 x 6-inch photos without a computer. Slip your digital camera's memory card into one of the card slots (card slots support CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card and xD-Picture Card), view the images on the color LCD, select the photos and the quantities you want to print and press the Print button - that's it!

You can also print directly from any PictBridge-compatible camera using the standard USB cable you already have. The Photosmart 375 prints in as little as 90 seconds and the compact design makes it ultra portable for printing photos on the go. Your photos will look true-to-life with crisp detail and vibrant color in up to 4800-optimized dpi.

For the ultimate in portability you can install the optional internal Li-ion rechargeable battery in the bottom of the printer and use it anywhere to print up 75 photos per charge. And at home the Photosmart 375 can be connected to your computer's USB port and used like any other photo printer. HP includes a full suite of image editing, organizing and printing software.

Photosmart 375 Features:

  • Photo quality printing with up to 4800x1200-optimized dpi
  • Print borderless 4 x 6-inch color photos in as little as 60 seconds
  • Built in tilting 2.5-inch color LCD monitor
  • Print directly from CompactFlash (Type I or II, Microdrive), SmartMedia, Secure Digital / MMC, Memory Stick/MS Pro and xD-Picture Cards
  • Use the card slots to transfer image data to the computer like a card reader
  • High-quality black & white prints with optional gray photo ink cartridge
  • USB connectivity with Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98 or Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher
  • PictBridge direct-print compatible
  • Optional HP Bluetooth Wireless Adapter
  • Optional Li-ion battery or car DC power adapter for portable operation

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

The Photosmart 375 printer uses the 7 ml Tri-color hp95 print cartridge with Vivera Inks or the larger capacity 14 ml Tri-color hp97 cartridge. If printing black and white photos you can substitute the optional hp100 gray photo inkjet cartridge.

Print Directly from Flash Memory Cards

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

The printer has four flash memory card slots on the front. 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 or xD-Picture cards and a slot for Memory Stick (and Memory Stick Duo, Magic Gate and Memory Stick Pro) cards. Only one card can be inserted at a time, you will receive a warning if you attempt to insert more than one card.

After inserting a memory card, the color LCD will say "reading card..." and then display the number of photos that it has found. The first picture is shown so you can edit it or print it. You can scroll through your pictures by using the 4-way controller (just like on your digicam).

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

The view from the top - a fairly simple and logical layout of control buttons, clearly marked as to their function. We reviewed the Photosmart 245 printer last year and commented that its built in color LCD was fixed, making the user stand over the printer to see it. I'm happy to report that the Photosmart 375's LCD is now tiltable, making it easy to see from a seated position.

Simple operation: Insert memory card, view pictures on the LCD and navigate to the desired image, press the PRINT button!

It will also recognize images embedded with DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) information from your digicam and print these pre-selected images automatically when you press the Print button.

The ZOOM buttons allow you to zoom-in or zoom-out and perform cropping before the image is printed.

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

The color LCD provides the user with a wealth of easy to follow options and a thorough Help system that all but eliminates the need for the user manual.

Memory Card Reader

HP Photosmart 375 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 as a removable drive in the "My Computer" folder of a Windows machine. You can easily copy, move or delete files on "Drive K:" using Windows Explorer or any file management program.

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

With Windows XP or Me you will get one of these "popups" on your computer screen (if the printer is connected via USB) whenever a card is inserted. You can select an automatic action such as unload pictures using HP Image Unload Software or Open folder to view or copy the image files.

PictBridge Direct-Printing

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

Any modern PictBridge-compatible digital camera can be connected directly to the front-mounted USB port. In PictBridge mode you use the camera's color LCD and menu to perform the printing operation - it's quick and simple. Shown here is the Canon Powershot S410 camera. We printed out a 4-megapixel image in about one minute and forty-five seconds.

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

When the printer is closed up it resembles a hi-tech bread toaster and is about the same physical size (approx 9 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches) and weighs less than three pounds. HP has an optional carrying case to make this a really portable printing system. Seen here next to the very compact Photosmart R607 digital camera.

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

The paper tray on the rear handles up to 20 sheets of HP's 4x6-inch glossy photo paper. You can use the newer 4x6-inch photo paper or the older style 4x6-inch paper which has a tear-off tab on one end.

Optional Accessories

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

Want to use your printer anywhere?   Just buy the optional $80 Li-ion rechargeable battery and slip it into the bottom of the printer and use the AC adapter to charge it. A fully charged battery supplies enough power to make up to 75 prints.

HP also has an optional car DC power adapter for 12V operation.

HP Photosmart 375 Photo Printer

Do you have a laptop, cellphone camera, PDA or other device with wireless Bluetooth?   With the optional $50 HP bt300 Bluetooth Adapter you can now make prints with no cables within the operating range of your device.

Steve's Conclusion

If all you need to print is 4x6" photos and you want to be able to do that at home or in the field - without a computer - and/or without an AC power cord - then this may just be your next printer. The HP 375 can handle every current digicam flash memory format via its four built in card slots. Out of the box this printer can directly read and print from CompactFlash (Type I or II, Microdrive), SmartMedia, Secure Digital / MMC, Memory Stick/MS Pro/MS Duo (with adapter) or xD-Picture Cards.

The print time when using this printer in standalone mode is variable due to the size of the image being printed. The printer's internal processor is fairly robust, we saw average print times of one minute and forty seconds when reading 4-megapixel images from a fast CF Card. Printing from a computer it didn't matter what size or resolution the input image was, the print times were consistently around 60 seconds. Standalone print times were calculated from press of the PRINT button to paper drop in the output tray.

The print quality is excellent , you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the HP 375's prints and those made at the camera store. The new hp95, hp97 and hp100 print cartridges feature Vivera Inks to resist fading and keep your prints looking sharp and colorful for years. Borderless prints can be made on the new HP 4x6" (true size) photo paper or the older HP 4x6" glossy photo paper that has a 1/2-inch tear-off tab on the trailing end.

The only hardware gripe that we had with the previous HP 245 printer was that its color LCD was fixed flat to the top of the printer. HP obviously saw this to be as inconvenient as we did - and they gave the HP 375 a larger 2.5-inch LCD and mounted it on a tiltable base - great improvement, thanks!   Other improvements include adding PictBridge support for direct printing from most modern digital cameras using the standard USB download cable. And to make the HP 375 the ultimate in portable printers, an $80 optional battery lets you use this printer anywhere - no AC power outlet needed!

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Photosmart 375 Specifications

Print technology
HP Thermal Inkjet
Print resolution
  • Black: Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Color: 4800 x 1200 dpi (optimized dpi on HP Premium Photo Paper)
  • Print resolution technology: PhotoREt III
Print speed*
4 x 6" photos
  • Best mode: As fast as 90 sec
  • Normal mode: As fast as 60 sec
  • Draft mode: As fast as 45 sec
Printer languages
  • PML
  • 1 USB port
  • 4 memory card slots (CompactFlash Type I and II, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, XD)
  • PictBridge
Direct print capability
Yes, direct printing capability via USB port
Wireless technologies
Bluetooth USB adapter (optional)
2.5-in diagonal adjustable color image display
Front panel
Enhanced control panel with editing capabilities: Menu, Delete, Layout, Zoom, Print, Cancel, Select buttons
Video action printing supported
Borderless print capability
Media handling
  • Input tray: 20-sheet (20 photos - 9 mm, 26 photos - 7 mm)
  • Output tray: 20-sheet (20 photos - 9 mm, 26 photos - 7 mm)
  • Input capacity: Up to 20 (9 mm photo), 26 (7 mm photo)
  • Output capacity: Up to 20 (9 mm photo), 26 (7 mm photo)
  • Type: Photo paper
  • Sizes: 4 x 6 in, 4 x 6.5 in
  • Weights: 16 to 24 lb, up to 110 lb index
32MB standard
± 0.006 in (plain paper)
Compatible operating systems
Microsoft® Windows® 98, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home and XP Professional, Mac® OS X v10.1.5, 10.2, 10.3
Minimum system requirements
4x CD-ROM drive, SVGA monitor (800 x 60016-bit color), USB port and USB cable (not included)
  • For PC systems: Microsoft® Windows® 98, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home and XP Professional; Pentium® II (or equivalent) or greater; 64MB RAM (256MB recommended); 600MB free hard disk space (2GB recommended); Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
  • For Macintosh systems: Mac® OS X v10.1.5, 10.2, 10.3; G3 processor or greater; 128MB RAM (256MB recommended); 500MB free hard disk space
  • Power emissions: 5.5 B(A)
  • Pressure emissions: 55 dB(A)
  • Power supply type: external
  • Input voltage: 100 to 240 VAC (± 10%), 50/60Hz (± 3Hz)
  • Power consumption:
    • Printing: 14.4 watts maximum
    • Idle: 8.1 watts maximum
    • Off: 6.2 watts maximum
8.7 x 4.6 x 4.5 in (220 x 116 x 115 mm)
2.59 lb. (1.17 kg)

replacement ink cartridges
HP 95 Tri-color Inkjet Print Cartridge, 7 ml
HP 97 Tri-color Inkjet Print Cartridge, 14 ml
HP 100 Gray Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge, 15 ml

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