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Inkjet-Printer: Heavyweights From Canon, Epson and HP

More Information On: HP Photosmart 7760

The tests cannot be denied, the photosmart 7760 is two or three times slower and more ink-greedy than the i860. But make no mistake, this is an excellent printer. First because its print quality is way above the Canon's. Next because HP ink withstands time much better than the i860's (photos printed on an i860 turn magenta when they are left exposed to the air). Last because, in addition to the paper analyzer, it includes expensive features like card readers and a 4.6 cm color LCD screen to view the photos stored on a Compact Flash or other card.

These modules put it in a good position, both in the professional photo market and in the general public one, too. Professionals and experienced amateurs will probably prefer to do their own retouching using specific software like Photoshop. They will find more advanced functions in the printer's options menu: adding a frame to the image; zoom, re-centering, additional effects (sepia, etc.). In this case, the basic version of the 7760 without a screen or reader, the 7260, will be quite adequate. But those who can't face the thought of retouching or want to print without having to transfer it all to a computer will be utterly enchanted.

Amongst other things, the office printing tests with the photo cartridge were too pale. So, if you want a 7760 (or any other photosmart), get the optional black cartridge as well.

HP photosmart 7760, Photo Cartridge
HP photosmart 7760, Black Cartridge

The difference in quality is equally obvious in color:

HP photosmart 7760, Photo Cartridge
HP photosmart 7760, Black Cartridge