HP Photosmart 8450The Photosmart 8450's photo print quality is nothing short of excellent and rivals the output of the best photo inkjet printers that we've used. It isn't as fast as the Canon "i" and the new 2004 "iP" series printers, but it is faster than previous HP photo printer models that we reviewed last year.
This is a 600dpi scan of a black & white print produced on the HP 8450. Most other photo
inkjet printers are only "mediocre" black and white printers and usually induce a bluish
or silver tone on the print. The HP 8450 produces deep and rich blacks with a wide range
of intermediate grays thanks to its special Photo Gray ink cartridge.
Here's a scan of a borderless panorama print. Using HP's 4 x 12-inch Premium Plus Photo Paper it's now possible to make prints of your multi-photo "stitched" panoramic images. The majority of digital cameras made from that start of 2004 and into the foreseable future support the new PictBridge direct-USB printing technology. Your PictBridge-enabled camera is plugged into the printer's front USB port using the camera's regular USB download cable. The digital camera displays a special PictBridge printing menu and you select the photos to print using the camera's color LCD and control buttons. The 8450 also functions as a general-purpose color and black-text printer as well as a high-speed USB 2.0 multi-format card reader when it's connected to your computer. You can make prints anywhere there's an AC power outlet without a computer by directly reading the camera's flash card and using the printer's big 2.5-inch color LCD. With a suggested retail price of $299, the HP Photosmart 8450 is an excellent value for today's digi-photographers.