The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

HP Photosmart Touchsmart PrinterI was so excited to receive a new HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web to review and also to giveaway to our readers this month.

If you knew the kind of circumstances I had been working under, you would understand the necessity for a better appliance. The lights in our office would dim when we turned on our printer because of its low energy efficiency. I would hook the scanner up and rest it on the floor to scan a document, hunched over just trying to make the darn thing work. Couple that with a fax machine from 1980 that I found on eBay, and you can see an office that wasn’t operating at its quickest efficiency.

Cue the singing angels as I hook up the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web which is all three things in one. I have such high hopes for what this printer can deliver and how we can use it for our family. With a price tag of $399.99, it should do a lot of cool stuff for us… and in many ways it delivers. $399.99 worth of delivery though? I will let you be the judge of that!

Pros-

This printer can print extremely fast. When I say fast, I mean lightning speed.  I would say 33 pages per minute is one of the fastest home printers I have ever seen.  The pictures also print quickly and look amazing. Printing fast is not as important to me as the quality of the printing job and this printer delivers on both accounts.

Great printing options- I love that there are so many options for printing. The options include two-sided printing, a fast/economical print that looks as good as my old printer did for its best printing job, and paper-saving printing.

Separate Photo Tray- I love that there are two trays on this, one for your paper and one for your photos. It makes running two different types of jobs easy and seamless.

Fun Parent Features- As a mom, I love when appliances have me in mind. This printer has on the home screen links directly to Disney and Nick Jr for free coloring pages, activities, and recipes.  Other features include a relationship with Coupons.com for customized coupons for your local area, Google Maps,  and Snapfish so you can print photos straight from the printer from your Snapfish photo albums. You can visit the HP Creative Studio to get more printing ideas.

Space- Saver Extraordinaire- One of my favorite features is that this is such a space saver in my office. The fact that it is wireless means that I can put this printer anywhere in my office and it frees up precious space on my desk. It also saves me from having a separate fax machine and scanner.  I love the streamlined look of this appliance and I feel like I gained an extra desk in workspace for my office.

Picture Quality is Amazing- The photos that I printed with this printer look like they were printed professionally. I can’t tell you how handy it is to be able to update the pictures around our house with just the press of a button. The colors are vivid and absolutely beautiful. I printed 4×6 and 8×10 photos and both were sharp and clear and not a hint of a home printing job. I think this is one of the things that I am most impressed with.

Separate Ink Cartridges- I love that this printer takes separate ink cartridges so you only need to replace what actually needs replacing. The cartridges are moderately priced.  I have not used the printer long enough to determine how quickly this model goes through ink, but I am hoping that using some of the faster and lower quality printing modes will help keep the costs low on printing.

After printing just a few pictures and a few pages though, my colored ink cartridges are already nearing the halfway point while black is holding steady with very little used. This is a cost factor that you would need to consider when purchasing this printer. HP does offer an ink cartridge recycling program.

Energy Superstar- Hurray for Energy Star appliances. My lights are no longer dimming in my home. I wish that was an exaggeration, but it is not. My 1967 home thanks you for your energy efficiency!

Cons-

Buggy Setup- Despite the simple step-by-step wizard, we found the setup of the printer to be riddled with problems. Two reboots were required on Windows 7 and four on Vista before we were able to print the test page. Even after several hours, we were never able to send a photo for printing over the wireless connection.

Scanner Not Communicating- The feature I was most excited to use was the “Scan to PDF” function. Unfortunately, no amount of waiting ever produced anything scanned to PDF. It seems to hold in the scanning mode and never get past it. I can get around it by using a memory stick and sticking it into the printer to grab the scanned image and then plop it into my computer, but I wish I could do this wirelessly and without getting up to do it. This seems to be a common problem with these printers as a quick Google search yielded people with similar problems.

Touch Screen is Touchy- The images should be able to move like the iPhone, but it doesn’t move very easily. Likewise, selecting on the touch screen can take a few pushes before it actually registers.

Pricey- A fancy touchscreen and wireless connection directly to the Internet comes at a cost. Sure you can watch a full theatrical preview of the latest Disney movie on your printer, but is that worth the higher price?

Overall, this is an excellent printer and other than the setup and scanning bugs, I have had no problems at all with this.  It has made my life considerably easier over these last two weeks and we look forward to making this one of our most used appliances in our home!

Are You Too Techy for this Momma’s Review? Here are some technical specifics:

Technical Specifications

  • Print Specifications(11)
    • Print speeds of up to 33 pages per minute (ppm) black and up to 32 ppm color; 4 x 6-inch photos as fast as 18 seconds
  • Scan Specifications
    • 4800 x 9600-dpi optical resolution scanning(12)
    • 48-bit color scanning
  • Copy Specifications
    • Up to 33 copies-per-minute (cpm) in black and up to 32 cpm in color(11)
    • Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi black copying with 1200 scan dpi
    • Up to 4800 optimized dpi color copying
  • Fax specifications
    • Fax speed of up to 33.6 kbps
    • Up to 300 x 300 dpi in black and photo faxing and up to 200 x 200 dpi in color
  • Dimensions/Weight
    • 17.99 inches (w) x 19.33 inches (d) x 7.76 inches (h)
    • 16.53 lbs.
  • Support/Connectivity
    • Pictbridge
    • USB High-speed 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Ethernet and Bluetooth
    • Microsoft® Windows Vista™ or XP SP1 or higher; Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5 or v10.6
    • Windows 7 ready. Some features may not be available.(13) For more information go to www.hp.com/go/windows7.
    • HP products are backed by HP Total Care—service options in and out of warranty plus access to 24/7 real-time award-wining chat support and e-mail response in about an hour.
    • Enhanced support services include an exclusive toll-free number featuring trained experts and one-year repair with “Next Business Day Turnaround,” including brand new units for the first 30 days after purchase. More information is available at www.hp.com/support.

Website for More Details: HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web

Suggested Retail Price: $399.99

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers! After all, it’s only what we know you have come to expect from us!


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    I love that it prints 33 pages per minute. We print coloring books and pictures to send to orphans around the world. Printing fast is a must. Thanks for entering me into the drawing.

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    Oh…this is so cool! I like how it prints quickly and that its connected to the internet. I need to print coupons to do some SERIOUS saving. Plus, I would love to print my daughters pictures off from home. Thanks for the chance!

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    I like the fast print speed…right now my inkjet spools and prints slowly. Would be nice to have increased print quality at a faster pace.

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    A fast wireless printer and you thought it did a great job printing pictures? What more could I ask for. It would be a dream come true to win the HP Printer!

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