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HP A536 Compact Photo Printer Review

All things considered, the HP A536 is a fairly average printer with not-so-average printing options.

December 08, 2011
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Value Comparison

For the extra $100 you'd pay for the HP A536, you're getting bluetooth connectivity, the ability to print 5 x 7 photos, and a smaller, more portable printer. Beyond that, though, the Epson stomps the HP A536 in terms of raw performance, but the added connectivity and media range might be enough for some people to lean towards the plucky little HP.

Color Comparison

No contest here, as the HP A536 simply can't compete with the Epson PM 225 in terms of color performance. Even with a custom profile, the PM 225 is just too accurate to compare with the HP A536.

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Detail Comparison

The PM 225 also handles detail preservation much more admirably than does the HP A536, producing finer lines and more even color gradients.

DMax Comparison

Considering the fact that the PM 225 has one of the best dMax measures we've ever recorded, it's no surprise that the HP A536 falls short at 2.11. It simply can't handle the same range of contrast as the PM 225 can.

Color Gamut Comparison

While the HP A536's measured 60+% of the Adobe RGB color gamut isn't half bad, the Epson's recorded range is truly amazing, and among the best ever tested at Printerinfo.com.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Performance
  4. Print Speed
  5. Color Performance
  6. Detail Performance
  7. Usability
  8. Controls
  9. Connectivity
  10. Setup & Software
  11. Inks & Media
  12. Samples
  13. HP Photosmart A646 Comparison
  14. Epson PM 225 Comparison
  15. Polaroid Z340 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
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