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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

It's hard to compare value here, as the Z340 comes with the printer installed as a part of a camera. While it is a very cool feature and great value overall, what one person decides is value, another might disagree based on what their photo printing needs might be. If you simply want instantaneous 2 x 3 prints, the Polaroid Z340 will be a great pickup. If you'd like something a little higher quality, the HP A536 beats it by far, and for cheaper.

Color Comparison

Even though the HP A536 isn't the most accurate printer in terms of accuracy, it still beats the Z340 by a fairly large margin.

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Detail Comparison

The Z340 cannot compete with any other photo printer we've ever reviewed in terms of detail preservation at all. This is not a high-quality printer.

Usability Comparison

If you're looking for instantaneous prints from a camera like the Polaroids of old, the Z340 is a very smart pickup, but it can't easily handle things like printing images from other sources, or function on a network like other printers usually can.

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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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