Why virtualise your NAS environment?
Hewlett-Packard Australia Photosmart 7760
- Prints great glossy photos
- Must change cartridges often, doesn't come packaged with a complete set of inks, non-photo jobs are of lower quality
The 7760 prints terrific colour and black-and-white glossy photos, making it a good choice for users who don't mind swapping ink cartridges frequently.
Price$ 297.00 (AUD)
HP's Photosmart 7760 delivers great photo quality and is moderately priced. In addition, it's well-equipped to print photos from memory cards or directly from a digital camera.
The control panel's 1.8" LCD displays either photos or menu commands, and the flash-memory card slots on the front of the printer read all common media-card formats. You can connect an HP digital camera to the USB 2.0 port beside the card slots. From the LCD's menus, you select the images to print and the quality, size and number of copies. Also, you can rotate pictures, add simple frames, date-stamp and time-stamp them, and tweak colour and contrast. The LCD can display tiny thumbnails of nine images at a time from inserted memory cards.
Glossy photo printouts with the HP were outstanding, with fine detail, smooth textures and accurate colour. Greyscale photos printed with HP's new photo-grey ink conveyed remarkable contrast and realism.
There are a couple of gotchas to be aware of. First, the 7760 can use four different ink cartridges, but only two can be loaded at a time. The three-colour cartridge always stays in the printer; but depending on whether you're printing ordinary black text, colour photos, or greyscale photos, you'll use a different cartridge in the second well. If you print a wide range of materials, you'll find yourself swapping cartridges fairly often.
You'll have to pay more to get the complete set of inks, too: The printer comes with only the three-colour and photo inks; the cartridge for ordinary black and the cartridge for grey cost extra. In ink consumption tests, the cost of printing a page of colour plus black was slightly higher than the average. The cost of black-only pages from the 7760 significantly exceeded that of the average photo printer, however.
The paper output tray is sandwiched so tightly on top of the paper input tray that to add paper you pretty much have to slide the input tray out. And a fold-out extension flap for the output-support tray seems quite flimsy. Though the trays lack an envelope bypass, you can keep 4" x 6" snapshot sheets ready to print in a little well between the two trays; a lever easily slides the sheets into or out of the paper path.
Like many photo-oriented inkjets, the 7760 doesn't deliver top quality on other kinds of print jobs. Black text on ordinary paper looked clean enough but somewhat greyish. On ordinary paper, colour prints lacked detail, especially in highlights and shadows; colours seemed washed out, and transitions between shades looked rough. (Higher-quality inkjet paper significantly improved results for all of those document types.)
If you occasionally need to use the 7760 to print text, you'll find it fast enough; it printed at 4.6 pages per minute in our tests. In case you want to save paper on long text documents or want to produce pages for booklets, the 7760 supports an optional duplexer; you can also opt for a second, 250-sheet paper tray, as well.
HP's idiot-proof driver installation routine loads HP Photo & Imaging. A console common to all HP imaging hardware, this program provides access to various imaging applications. You also get HP Memories Disc Creator, for producing photo albums on CD, and HP Photo Printing, which provides basic photo tune-up features such as sharpening and colour correction.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
- 2 Nokia 8 Sirocco review: A unique flagship that's more of a mutation than a market-leader
- 3 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 4 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Peak performance from a home entertainment heavyweight
- 5 Sony Xperia XA2 review: One last hurrah for OmniBalance
Latest News Articles
- Epson Launches First Double-Sided A3+ 4-In-1 Inkjet EcoTank Printer
- Epson launches new Expression Premium Photo Range
- Epson Australia Unveils New Expression Home Range of Printers
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
PCW Evaluation Team
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
- Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
- Computex 2018: Nvidia launches new AI-focused hardware and software platforms
- Computex 2018: Everything you missed at Asia's biggest tech tradeshow
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?