Hewlett-Packard’s 450CBi has an optimised resolution of 4800x1200 using HP’s PhotoRet IV technology for printing on photo paper. While the 450CBi isn’t particularly small for a mobile model, it has versatility the competition can only dream about. It’s bundled with a parallel or USB connection should you wish to tether it to a PC, but it also has impressive wireless connectivity options.
You can print via infrared or the rear-mounted CompactFlash slot. This allows you to print shots from a digital camera without the need for a PC, or you can use it for Bluetooth connectivity if you buy a card from a third party. These options mean you can print from notebooks, PDAs or even mobile phones.
It’s easy to set up and comes with a comprehensive toolbox for all printing needs, but if you want to do photo printing you’ll have to buy the photo cartridge as an optional extra. Though it couldn’t match the stated print speeds, it was fast enough at 6ppm in monochrome and 5ppm in colour.
The rechargeable lithium battery should last for 350 pages and print quality beyond draft mode printing is excellent.
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