HP Photosmart 7350

in operation the printer is very quiet except for initial paper load and the final eject which is somewhat noisy but not disturbing. The photo print quality is nothing short of excellent and rivals the output of considerably more expensive photo inkjet printers that we have reviewed. Considering its relatively low cost, the print speed is not bad but it's not what I call robust. To print a borderless 4 x 6-inch at Best quality takes about 2m:32s, a bordered 8.5 x 11-inch at Best quality takes about 6m:30s. In comparison, the Canon S900 produces a true borderless 4 x 6-inch print in about 47 seconds and a borderless 8.5 x 11-inch print in just less than 2 minutes.

Here's a scan of a "borderless" 4 x 6-inch print. As you can see, there is a unprinted margin of about 1/2-inch on the trailing paper edge. The printer can print the leading edge and the top and bottom edge full-bleed but it cannot print the trailing edge. The 4 x 6-inch HP Premium Plus Photo Glossy paper is micro-perforated so this unprinted "tab" is easily removed. If you use third-party 4 x 6-inch photo paper you will end up with less than a 4 x 6-inch size print and this margin will have to be cut off.

Here is a scan of an 8.5 x 11-inch print. No scan can really duplicate an inkjet photo print properly due to the scanner's light being reflected off of the layers of ink and the surface of the paper itself. But this should give you an idea of the quality of the 7350's prints, they are outstanding. If you own or plan on owning one of HP's new digital cameras then you should consider the purchase of the Photosmart 7350 (or Photosmart 7550, 7150 or 130) printer for its direct connect capability. These printers work in concert with the cameras to produce the best possible images with the least effort on the user's part. Just plug the two together or insert the memory card, it's really that easy! And of course it can function as an all-purpose color and black-text printer when it's connected to your computer.