HP A536 Compact Photo Printer Review
All things considered, the HP A536 is a fairly average printer with not-so-average printing options.
Depth of Blacks
Though eclipsed by other HP compact photo printer models, the A536 has a fair depth of blacks compared to all other printers. Unfortunately for it, though, there are other compact printers for a similar price that do far, far better. With a DMax measure of 2.11, you shouldn't notice too many problems with your prints, but you can do better. For more details on how we test the depth of blacks in prints, see here. More on how we test depth of blacks.
In short, the HP A536 does not handle detail recreation well. Not only does it have trouble with high-contrast situations, but it also seems to darken lighter details near dark backgrounds. As far as colors go, it manages to reproduce them fairly enough, but there is a color banding problem towards the darker end.
Sample Scan Comparisons
The HP A536 manages to reproduce fairly even and unartifacted color gradients, despite the overdarkening in the darkest end. Still, an overall average result.
If you take a look at the sample of the dog's face, you'll see that compared to the other printers, the colors of the handsome hound are crushed. This isn't limited to that one scan either; the reflections in Rosie the riveter's hair are also crushed into the darker surrounding colors.
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