HP Photosmart 245
The HP Photosmart 245 compact photo printer lets you preview, edit and select photos to
print from the built in 1.8-inch color LCD. It's easy to print professional-looking
borderless 4 x 6-inch photos without a computer. Just slip a digital camera memory card into
a compatible card slot (memory card slots support CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Sticks,
Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card and xD-Picture Card), view the photos on the color LCD
display, select the shots, quantities and sizes you want to print and print. 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.
The Photosmart 245 printer uses the 3-color hp57 print cartridge. If printing black and white photos you can substitute the optional hp59 gray photo inkjet cartridge.
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 1.8-inch 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).
The view from the top - a fairly simple and logical layout of control buttons, clearly
marked as to their function. Unfortunately the 1.8-inch color LCD is fixed, it can't be
tilted up so the user must stand over the printer to see it.
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 the selected images automatically.
The ZOOM buttons allow you to zoom-in or zoom-out and perform cropping before the image
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.
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.
When the printer is closed up it resembles a hi-tech bread toaster and is about the same physical size. HP has an optional carrying case to make this a really portable printing system.