HP Photosmart 475
, 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.