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.

Ink/Toner

For simplicity's sake, the compact HP Photosmart A646 uses only one CMY ink cartridge that can give you an estimated (by HP) 55 4" x 6" prints for a price of $23.99USD. Be wary that because there are no individual color cartridges, you are prone to see one color dry up faster than the others, making your pictures look quite bad. Replacing and installing the cartridge is easy enough, though.

Ink Photo

Media

Because of its diminutive size and limited functionality, the HP Photosmart A646 can handle only 4" x 6" or 5" x 7" prints. Still, when you look at competitive compact photo printers, most don't seem to be able to handle 5" x 7" prints, so the HP Photosmart A646 has that over similar models. Still, poor scoring here.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Paper Storage

When you start opening up the HP Photosmart A646 to start printing, the back door that pops open in the back is the paper tray. It can't hold much more than 15 sheets, but it's a compact printer; high volume in anything isn't its forte.

Paper Photo

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