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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

If you can find an outlet that has both printers, don't even think twice: pick up the HP A646. Not only is it retailing online for around $120 cheaper, but the A646 is virtually identical to the HP A536 in every way but with better performance. There is absolutely no reason to buy the A536 over the A646 for any reason other than availability.

Color Comparison

Even with custom color profiles, the A646 edges out the A536 slightly in terms of color accuracy.

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Detail Comparison

The HP A536 falls a little short in detail preservation as well. Not only does the A646 handle color gradients slightly better than does the HP A536, but it also manages to preserve fine lines a little more effectively.

DMax Comparison

While the HP A536 has a dMax measure of 2.11, the A646 has a much higher one, and therefore is capable of a better contrast ratio in pictures.

Color Gamut Comparison

Even though the color gamut of the HP A536 isn't bad, it's still not as wide as the HP A646's 69.9%, which is very, very good.

Usability Comparison

Both printers share usability functions, and as their main difference is the A646's touchscreen, there's really not much to set either apart from each other here.

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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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