HP Photosmart 385

If all you need to print is 4x6" size photos and you want to be able to do this at home or in the field, without a computer - or (optionally) an AC power cord, then this may be the printer for you. The HP 385 can read all popular digicam flash card types (CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MMC, Memory Stick/MS Pro [MS Duo with adapter] or xD-Picture Cards) via its four built in card slots. And it lets you print directly from any digital camera that supports the PictBridge standard - and that's the majority of all cameras made since mid-2004. The print times in standalone mode are somewhat variable due to the resolution of the image being printed. The printer's internal processor is fairly robust, we saw average print times of one minute and fifty seconds when reading 6-megapixel images from a fast SD Card. Printing from a computer, it didn't matter what 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 and the equal of those made conventionally at your local camera store. The new hp95, hp97 and hp100 print cartridges feature Vivera Inks to resist fading and keep prints looking sharp and colorful for up to 82 years (according to testing by Wilhelm Research.) Borderless prints can be made on 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 per-print cost can be as low as $0.24 when you purchase the HP Custom 95 Series Photo Value Pack which includes 200 sheets of 4x6" paper and a HP95 color cartridge. The Photosmart 385 is almost identical to last year's Photosmart 375 but adds the HP Real Life Technology to automatically remove flash red-eye and the Adaptive Lighting helps to brighten the dark backgrounds found in many flash photos. To make the HP 385 the ultimate portable photo printer just add the optional Li-ion battery pack, it lets you use this printer anywhere - no AC power needed! , it has the same features plus a higher resolution color LCD display, the ability to make 5x7" size photos, a 1.5 GB internal hard disk drive to store up to 1,000 photos and the printer can be connected to your TV set for slideshows.