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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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Ink/Toner

The HP A536 comes pacakaged with a small HP 110 (CMY) ink cartridge, which lasts for only about 35 prints. While the cartridge certainly isn't as low-capacity as that of other compacts, it's still somewhat annoying to have to spend $25 for a cartridge to replace it. In addition, the cartridge simply contains cyan, magenta and yellow ink, which will run you into trouble if you use one color more than others, meaning wasted ink and potentially money.

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Media

Much like its bigger brother the A646, the HP A536 can handle 4" x 6" prints, or 5" x 7" prints, which is quite nice for a compact printer, as they usually can only handle 4" x 6" paper. You won't be able to do anything crazy like print on a t-shirt, but as far as compacts go, this nets a good score.

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Paper Storage

On the back of the printer there is a small door that pops open once you flick open the LCD screen and front door. inside the tray is a slider that you can use to secure your media, which can expand to accommodate 5" x 7" paper. Due to its diminuitive size, the HP A536 can only hold so much paper before it has jamming issues: the product specs say that it should hold about 20 pages, and we recommend not going over this limit.

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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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