printers

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
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Value Comparison

Both are affordable printers that have their bright spots, but if connectivity is important to you, or if you require flexibility in printable media, take the HP Photosmart A646. Though the Epson blows every other printer away that we've reviewed so far in terms of performance, it can only do so on 4 x 6 prints. That's it. The HP Photosmart A646 on the other hand, can print from a smartphone, computer, or media card, and can also do 5 x 7 prints if need be.

Color Comparison

Both printers have very accurate colors, and nigh-identical scores in this regard.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Detail Comparison

While neither printer impresses here, the Epson PM 225 manages to maintain a better level of detail than the HP Photosmart A646, maintaining a more even color gradient than the Photosmart A646.

DMax Comparison

Though the HP Photosmart A646's dMax measure is impressive, the Epson trounces almost every other printer we've ever had in this regard, so it's no surprise that it scores higher here.

Color Gamut Comparison

Despite the HP Photosmart A646's impressively massive color gamut, the PM 225 outshines the HP Photosmart A646 again, measuring in with a 75%+ recreation of the Adobe RGB color gamut.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

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
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Compare Prices
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

What's Your Take?

All Comments