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HP A646 Compact Photo Printer Review

A small printer that can handle most of your on-the-fly photo printing needs with notably good performance.

December 08, 2011
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Color Accuracy

Despite their somewhat limited function, the HP Photosmart A646 can actually employ new printer profiles, and it benefits greatly from that; giving users a stupendously low color error. As far as photo printers go, this little compact is a tiny powerhouse of color accuracy. More on how we test color accuracy.

Compared to other compacts, the HP Photosmart A646 holds up very well, only matched closely by the Epson PM 225. Still, it's hard to ask much more of a compact photo printer.

Camera Color Comparisons
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NOTE: Because of the way computer monitors reproduce colors, the images above may not match the results used for evaluating color accuracy. The chart should be used to judge the relative color shift, not the exact printed colors.

Color Gamut

A stunning result to be sure, the HP Photosmart A646 manages to reproduce 69.9% of the entire Adobe 1998 color gamut, which is very impressive when it comes to any printer, not just a compact.You should have no difficulty reproducing a wide range of color values with the HP Photosmart A646. More on how we test color gamut.

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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 A536 Comparison
  14. Epson PM 225 Comparison
  15. Polaroid Z340 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
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