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HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

Review posted 10/20/2005

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

The HP Photosmart 475 GoGo Photo Printer lets you print and share your digital images anywhere, just grab its built-in handle and go. This compact and portable printer produces 4x6", 5x7" and 4x12" (panoramic) borderless prints quickly and easily. The Photosmart 475 is the first photo printer to feature a 1.5 GB internal hard disk drive - this lets you store up to 1,000 of your favorite photos or video clips. You can print these photos or use the TV output feature to display them on a big-screen TV and operate it from the comfort of your easy chair with the included remote control.

Preview, edit and select photos on the tilting 2.5-inch color LCD display, no computer is necessary. Put your camera's memory card into one of the card slots (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 press the Print button - that's it!   HP Real Life Technology allows the printer to automatically detect and remove Red-eye and enhance detail in dark photo areas to make your pictures look even better.

You can print directly from any PictBridge-compatible camera using the standard USB download cable. With the optional HP Bluetooth adapter you can also print wirelessly from camera phones and PDAs. The Photosmart 475 makes outstanding 4 x 6 inch color borderless prints in about 90 seconds and can also make 5 x 7 inch enlargements and 4 x 12 inch panorama prints. Your photos will look true-to-life with crisp detail and vibrant color with HP's Vivera Inks and will remain that way for up to 82 years.

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 475 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 475 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 high resolution 2.5-inch color LCD monitor
  • 1.5 GB internal hard disk drive for photo storage
  • Output to TV, view, edit and print with remote control
  • Print directly from CompactFlash, 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
  • Archive photos to external CD burner with front USB port
  • 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 with most digicams
  • Print from camera phones and PDAs with optional HP Bluetooth Wireless Adapter
  • Optional Li-ion battery or car DC power adapter for portable operation

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

The Photosmart 475 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.

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

On the back of the printer is the input jack for the included AC power adapter which also serves to charge the optional Li-ion portable battery pack. The USB port supports Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98 or Mac OS X 10.1.5 computers and works with the HP Image Zone software and drivers provided. The TV output lets you connect the printer to a monitor or big-screen TV for family slideshow viewing.

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

The included infrared remote control allows you to operate the printer from across the room when it is connected to your TV set. You can control the slideshow playback, zoom and make photo prints from your easy chair.

Print from Flash Memory Cards

HP Photosmart 475 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 (Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Duo Pro with adapter) 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 display the number of photos that it has found. It will then ask you if you want to add the new photos to the internal storage and then shows a thumbnail index of the pictures on the card.

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

The control buttons are clearly marked as to their function. And in its simplest form you just insert a memory card, view the pictures on the LCD and select the desired image(s) and press the PRINT button!

HP Photosmart 475 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.

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

Scroll or search your photos, organized by date, view thumbnail or full screen images, enlarge them with zoom. Edit if needed: crop, rotate, enhance, remove red-eye, use adaptive lighting to brighten the backgrounds of flash photos or apply a color effect like sepia, antique or black & white.

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

Even if you haven't manually edited a photo to remove red-eye, no worries, the HP 475 will automatically detect it and remove it in most cases.

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

The brilliant 2.5-inch color LCD tilts up for easy viewing from your chair.

Memory Card Reader

The memory card slots function like a card reader when the printer is connected to a computer with 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 using Windows Explorer or any file management program.

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

With Windows you'll get one of these "popups" on your computer screen whenever a card is inserted. If desired it will automatically download all of your pictures to a specified folder.

The internal 1.5 GB hard disk drive is also accessible as a removable drive, allowing you to copy or delete photos to/from it when connected to your computer.

PictBridge Direct-Printing

HP Photosmart 475 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 S80 camera. We printed out an 8-megapixel image in about one minute and thirty-two seconds.

The front USB port can also be connected to a CD burner and allows you to make archival backups of photos and videos on the printer's hard disk drive.

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

The paper tray on the rear handles up to 20 sheets of 4x6" or 5x7" 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.

Printing from a Computer

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

The included HP Image Zone software lets you organize, view, edit, print, backup and share your images and movie clips. There is both a fully-featured version and the Express version (shown above) on the software CD.

Optional Accessories

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

Want to use your printer anywhere?   Just buy the optional 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 475 Photo Printer

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

HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer

If you take your HP 475 on the road frequently you might want to consider getting the optional carrying case to protect it. It has storage pockets for paper and ink cartridges and comes with a shoulder strap.

Steve's Conclusion

Last year we reviewed the HP Photosmart 375, a very capable 4x6" photo printer. They took its best features and gave it a higher resolution color LCD, the ability to make 5x7" size prints, added a 1.5GB internal hard disk drive for image storage and gave it TV output with a wireless remote control. The HP 475 is a true "multi-function" digital imaging device that prints, views, transfers, stores and even archives photos (when an external CD burner is attached).

If you want a small and fast 4x6" / 5x7" photo printer for home use and you'd also like to be able to take it along to a friend's house - then this may be the printer for you. You can print directly from all popular flash memory card types (CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MMC, Memory Stick/MS Pro [MS Duo with adapter] and xD-Picture Cards). You can also print directly from any PictBridge compatible digicam and with the optional Bluetooth adapter, you can print from compatible camera phones and PDAs as well.

HP integrated their Real Life Technology into the printer, it automatically detects and removes most instances of red-eye in people photographs. With today's tiny cameras and the flash being positioned way too close to the lens, red-eye is a major problem. Well, problem solved!   And most indoor flash pictures have your friends or family members nicely illuminated but the rest of the room is often very dark. HP's Adaptive Lighting can help brighten up the backgrounds and make pictures look more detailed.

The print times in direct mode are somewhat variable due to the size of the image being printed. The printer's internal processor is fairly robust, we saw print times of less than two minutes on average when reading 8-megapixel images from an SD card. Printing from a computer those print times drop to around 85 seconds for a borderless 4 x 6" print. Standalone print times were calculated from press of the PRINT button to paper drop in the output tray.

The print quality is simply outstanding thanks to the Vivera Inks in the hp95, hp97 and hp100 print cartridges. They resist fading and keep your prints looking sharp and colorful for up to 82 years according to Wilhelm Research testing. This little inkjet printer will definitely give the dye sub type printers a good run for their money - and do it at a lower $0.24 per-print cost*.

(* Per print cost is based on the use of the HP Custom 95 Series Photo Value Pack, 200 sheets of 4x6" paper and HP95 ink cartridge.)

If you don't need to make 5x7" size prints and you don't want to pay extra for the 1.5 GB internal hard disk drive and TV output features - see our Photosmart 385 printer review.

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Photosmart 475 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
Real Life technologies
  • HP Adaptive Lighting
  • HP Auto Red-eye Removal
Print speed
4 x 6" photos as fast as 60 sec
Printer languages
  • PML
  • 1 USB port
  • 4 memory card slots (CompactFlash Type I and II, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, XD)
  • PictBridge
  • TV output
Direct print capability
Yes, Memory Cards and PictBridge cameras
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
Yes (up to 4 x 12 in.)
Media handling
  • Input tray: up to 20-sheet
  • Output tray: up to 20-sheet
Supported Media
  • Type: HP Glossy Photo Paper:
  • Sizes: 4 x 6", 4 x 6" with 0.5" tabs, 5 x 7", 4 x 12" (panorama)
  • Weights: 16 to 24 lb, up to 110 lb index

  • Photo, Sticker and Card:
    HP Premium Photo Cards 4 x 8", Avery C6611/C6612 4 x 6" 16-oval or rectangular stickers per page, standard 4 x 6" index cards for draft printing and test pages, Hagaki cards 3.9 x 5.8", A6 cards 4.1 x 5.8", L-size cards 3.5 x 5"
64 MB buffer

1.5 GB internal hard disk drive

± 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
9.8 x 4.5 x 4.8 in (250 x 226 x 170 mm)
3.3 lb. (1.5 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

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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