HP A536 Compact Photo Printer Review
All things considered, the HP A536 is a fairly average printer with not-so-average printing options.
Overall, the HP A536 lags a little bit behind in color performance, but not in an overtly terrible way. Though it can support additional color profiles from the computer, we did not have an incredibly significant improvement in color performance. In addition, using wither the included paper, and Ilford Galerie paper seemed to net us very similar results. For more details on how our color accuracy tests are done, see here.
The chart below shows the results: the number in each of the color patches is the CIDE 2000 color difference. The bigger this number, the larger the difference between the original and the printed color is to the eye. More on how we test color accuracy.
Compared to the other newer compact photo printers, the HP A536 did not do so well in this category. Still, in the grand scheme of things this isn't a bad score, just not the best.
Camera Color Comparisons
NOTE: Because of the way computer monitors reproduce colors, the images above may not match the results used for evaluating color accuracy. The chart should be used to judge the relative color shift, not the exact printed colors.
The HP A536 manages to have a fairly wide color gamut, though its unfortunately-picked ocmparison models have wider ones. As far as the average consumer is concerned, the HP A536 should be able to wow with a wide gamut, but there are better on the market, which even 5 years ago would be a totally insane notion. For more details on how we measure color gamut, see here. More on how we test color gamut.
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