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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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Setup & Manuals

For those of you who value simplicity in their setup, you'll be delighted to hear that the HP A536 contains all of the software necessary for use on the printer itself; all you have to do is find a USB cable to plug it into the computer, and you can install the software according to your liking without having to mess with any easily-scratched discs. As far as manuals go, you can elect to install the electronic copy, which we highly recommend.

Drivers

The drivers for the HP A536 are very standard as far as HP compacts go, but what isn't standard is the vehicle by which they're delivered to your computer; there's no software disc to scratch up or lose. Once you've plugged the printer in via USB, you'll notice a disc icon on your desktop. Double-click to open the driver install utility and you're on your way. Once you attempt to print, you'll be provided with a short list of options, but nothing terribly thrilling or exciting.

LayoutFrom here, you can control the layout of the print jobs you send to the . The menu is fairly straightforward, and you don't need a linguistics degree to figure out exactly how to do what you want.

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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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