HP Photosmart 7350

The following screens show the various options of the 7350's print driver under Windows XP Pro. From what I saw in the manual, the same options are also available in the Mac OS driver but not tested by me.

Page 1 lets you quickly select a paper type. Here I have selected the HP Premium Plus Photo Paper, glossy. The driver will automatically select "Best" quality and the Photo Paper Printing using PhotoREt. If you were printing on 8.5 x 11-inch paper you wouldn't even need to go any farther, just click OK and print. Clicking on the "hp Digital Photography" button will bring up the next screen.

From here you can take manual control over any of the options that are normally on Auto pilot. Dial in your own values for contrast enhancement, digital flash, sharpness and smoothing or disable SmartFocus.

Page 2 let you select the desired paper size, orientation with optional mirror image or 180° rotate for printing on envelopes. You can also set the number of copies and enable Scale to Fit. Clicking on Borderless Printing brings up the next screen.

Borderless selections are: 4 x 6-inch (with tab), 4 x 6-inch, 100 x 148 mm, 105 x 148.5 mm or 89 x 127 mm. And the required paper type is selected next. Optionally, Two-Sided printing can be enabled.

Page 3 has options for Two-sided printing, poster printing, enabling the print preview feature (shown at the end of the driver screens,) or accessing the Advanced Features shown in the next frame.

Here you can manually adjust the amount of ink printed on the page, provide extra drying time for special media or enter the Low Memory Mode if you have problems spooling the print job. Most users will probably never see this screen.

Page 4 lets you manually "fiddle" with the color settings or print high quality black and white images.

Page 5 gives you access to the three following screens of maintenance options.

From here you can re-calibrate the print heads, clean the print heads, print a test page or diagnostic page.

This page is the same as the "popup" that comes up each time you get ready to print. Here you can see visually the amount of ink left in the cartridges and which type of cartridges you have in the printer.

The last page has options for Automatic Two-Sided Printing Module and displaying the Print Settings and Display Status Window (screen with the ink levels.)

Here's the Print Preview screen. I always enable the print preview option, it is your last chance to visually confirm that you have scaled the image properly and have selected the right media size. It can save you from wasting a piece of expensive photo paper because you had 4 x 6-inch media selected instead of 8.5 x 11-inch or vice-versa.

The Photosmart 7350 is a stylish looking, dark gray and silver colored printer that will easily fit into your computer workspace. Setup is straight forward and can be accomplished by following the steps outlined on the included big page of directions. You unwrap and install the two ink cartridges into carriage, then install the software, plug in the USB cable and then turn on the printer. Windows then loads the drivers or recognizes the new hardware and within a minute or two you're up and printing.

As packaged the Photosmart 7350 comes with two cartridges, the HP #57 (C6657A) tri-color and the HP #58 (C6658A) photo print cartridge. This gives you a 6-color photo printing system but there is no separate black ink, the printer mixes color to produce black. If you use the printer to produce regular documents you need to replace the #58 photo cartridge with the #56 black cartridge (sold separately) in the right stall. HP supplies a "print cartridge protector" to keep fresh whichever cartridge is not being used. Just remember to replace the photo color cartridge before you print your next picture or else it won't be "photo quality."

One of the unique features of the Photosmart 7350 is a special photo paper tray for 4 x 6-inch photo paper. You do not have to remove the regular 8.5 x 11-inch paper from the lower tray before printing a 4 x 6-inch photo. Simply push the photo tray slider lever forward until it stops, the printer will automatically feed the 4 x 6-inch photo paper into the printer instead of the letter size paper. If the photo tray runs out of paper the printer -will- feed paper from the regular tray without warning you, so you need to keep an eye on the amount of paper if printing more than one picture.