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HP PhotoSmart A532 Compact Photo Printer

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 reviews of HP PhotoSmart A532 Compact Photo Printer. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Comments about the control panel and design are overall positive. The performance and usability also get good feedback, but there are some less positive views about the noise and durability.

usability, performance, design, control panel

price, size, reliability, durability, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP PhotoSmart A532 Compact Photo Printer is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HP PhotoSmart A532 Compact Photo Printer

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of HP PhotoSmart A532 Compact Photo Printer from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the performance. The design is also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the reliability and price.

usability, design, performance

price, reliability

40% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Photosmart A532 Compact Photo Printer (1200dpi, USB, 32MB)HP Photosmart A532 Compact Photo Printer (1200dpi, USB, 32MB)

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HP PhotoSmart A532 Compact Photo Printer

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of HP PhotoSmart A532 Compact Photo Printer from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. Many are critical about the price.

price

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Photosmart A532 Photo Printer - Color Inkjet - 27 Second Photo - 4800 x 1200 dpi - USB, PictBridge - PC, MacHP Photosmart A532 Photo Printer - Color Inkjet - 27 Second Photo - 4800 x 1200 dpi - USB, PictBridge - PC, Mac

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Tracy (tracyandmatt.co.uk)

HP Photosmart A532 review

 

HP have been producing their Photosmart range of printers for years, in fact if you were to take a look at HP's site you would see that there are over 18 past models that are now discontinued. They've come a long way too, not just in terms...

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

terrible

 

Definitely pass on this.

None

Could not get this thing to work at all. In the process of setting it up it displays a hex error code on the lcd screen and will not initialize. Spent about 4 hours attempting to get past the error message and then gave up

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

nice printer

 

how can people who claim to have "high" tech knowledge not know that printers don't come with the cables and haven't for years?

works like it should

a bit noisy

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

VERY picky about Discs

 

After printing over 150 discs in a tad more than a month, I found out that the printer likes Taiyo Yuden Silver inkjet printable discs. I printed well over 100 Verbatim white inkjet and 20 Vinpower digital blu rays, and they smudged a little bit on the...

See my other rating

See my other rating

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: Chad Jewell (newegg.com)

Best Printer I have ever owned!

 

When I set it all up it wanted to due the whole test page thing. When done with that it asked me to print a Picture. So I picked a wedding picture of mine and the software said it was a bad quality picture and suggested I use something else to see the...

Price is great. Prints better than I could have ever expected. And the dvds look professionaly done

It doesnt come with counterfiting software....LOL

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: disgusted with purch (newegg.com)

disgusted with purchase

 

none

didn't work right out of the box and had to deal with someone at HP that has trouble with english. They will be sending me a new one

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: Chip (newegg.com)

Great for DVD/BD printing

 

I use this exclusively for printing to Blu-Rays and DVDs for my micro-business. It's a little clunky printing from photoshop, but it gets the job done, and for the price paid, I can't complain at all.

DVD/BD printer

Didn't come with USB cable, but they're dirt cheap

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Shoulda bought ink instead

 

My Epson never had these problems. Unfortunately, it was cheaper to buy a new printer than to buy all new ink cartridges. I never messed with the bundled software, so I can't comment on it.

When it works, it works well

Never ending "Printer Preparation" and "Cancelling Job" cycles. 3 out of 4 discs cause general print errors, and that was the first day I used it. Plan on having plenty of spare time and patience. The ink never truly seems to dry on discs, weeks later...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: DONNY G (newegg.com)

GREAT PRINTER FOR THE MONEY

 

TO ALL THE BUYERS WHO COMPLAINED THAT IT DOES NOT HAVE A GREAT PROGRAM FOR DISK PRINTING, JUST GO ONLINE AND BUY ACOUSTICA. IT'S $21.95 AND THEY GIVE YOU NUMEROUS TEMPLATES FOR FREE DOWNLOAD. LITERALLY OVER 1000. YOU WON'T BE SORRY.

GREAT PHOTOS, EASY SETUP, DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT DOES

NADA

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: DONNY G (newegg.com)

AWESOME PRINTER

 

OK. IT DOESN'T COME WITH GREAT CD/DVD GRAPHICS BUT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AN AWESOME PROGRAM LIKE ACOUSTICA, AND MAKE GREAT CD/DVD PRINTS.

THIS PRINTER IS TOPS. AWESOME PRINT, GREAT CD/DVD PRINT, AS GOOD AS ANY

NONE. PLEASE READ OTHER THOUGHTS

Feb, 2009

Product Specifications

The HP PhotoSmart A532 Compact Photo Printer is designed for people of all ages who want a quick, fun and easy way to select, personalize and print lab-quality photos, either with or without a PC.

Certificates

Electromagnetic compatibility:CISPR 22:1997+A1:2000+A2:2002/EN 55022:1998+A1:2000+A2:2003 CISPR 24:1997+A1:2001+A2:2002/EN 55024:1998+A1:2001+A2:2003 IEC 61000-3-2:2000+A1:2001+A2:2004/EN 61000-3-2:2000+A2:2005 IEC 61000-3-3:1994+A1:2001/EN 61000-3-3:1995+A1:2001 FCC Title 4
Safety:IEC 60950-1:2001/EN60950-1:2001, IEC 60825-1 Ed. 1.2:2001/EN60825-1+A1:2002+A2:2001 (LED) AS/NZS 60950.1:2003 NOM 019-SCFI-1993, CNS14336:2004, GB4943:2001

Consumables

Compatible ink types, supplies:Dye-based

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.6in
Height:5.3in/5.4in
Weight:2.7lbs/2.9lbs
Width:8.9in/9.9in

Display

Built-in display: Yes

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Acoustic power emissions:5.1 B(A)
Energy Star certified: Yes
Power consumption (typical):23
Power Source:Mains

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC/Mac / PC
Country Kits:Latin America
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:A526/A532 Compact Photo Printer
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart

Input Capacity

Maximum input capacity for cards:Up to 20 cards
Maximum paper trays:1

Memory

Internal memory:32

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista/Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Modem

Type: None

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):15 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):15 - 35

Other Features

Power Requirements:Input voltage: 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz)
Print quality, vertical alignment accuracy:+/- 0.017 in
Standard input trays:1

Output Capacity

Paper handling standard/output:20-sheet output tray

Paper Handling

Custom media sizes:Tray 1: 4 x 6, 4 x 8, 5 x 7, 4 x 12 in
Duplex print options:None (not supported)
Maximum print area:5" x 7" (13x18 cm)
Maximum print size:5" x 7" (13x18 cm)
Media types supported:Photo paper, index cards
Paper handling standard/input:20-sheet input tray
Printing sizes:10 x 15,13 x 18
Recommended media:Photo Paper
Recommended media weight:60 to 280 g/m²
Standard media sizes:A6, Hagaki, L size, panorama

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: No
Direct printing: Yes
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Export file formats:JPEG (EXIF)
I/O ports:1 USB, 1 PictBridge, 2 Memory card slots
PictBridge: Yes
USB port:Y
Wi-Fi: No

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Acoustic power emissions:5.1 B(A)
Energy Star certified:Y
Power consumption (typical):23
Power Source:Mains

Print Technology

Maximum Resolution:4800 x 1200
Print technology:Inkjet

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:USB
Language Simulation:PCL 3
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi/600dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):3.95 in x 5.9 in / 5.12 in x 7.1 in
Max Printing Speed Color:3.7prints/min
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1200dpi
Media Type:Index cards / Photo paper/Photo paper
Output Type:Color
Technology:Ink-jet
Total Media Capacity:20sheets
Type:Compact photo printer

RAM

Installed Size:32MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Bundled software:Software available for free download via the internet (not included)

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 / Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Microsoft Windows Vista / Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 / Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Technical Details

Automatic paper sensor:N
Camera phone:Y
Color of product:Blue, White
Control panel:6 front-panel buttons (Power, Menu, Left arrow, Print, Right arrow, Cancel) Two LEDS: attention (Exclamation point!) and Red eye icon
Envelope feeder:N
Exifprint supported:Yes, Version 2.21
Functions:Print
JetDirect Compatible Products:N
Maximum input capacity (photo paper):Up to 20 sheets
Maximum output capacity (photo paper):Up to 20 sheets
Maximum print length (imperial):12 in
Media handling:Sheetfeed
Media size (tray 1):Tray 1: 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 4 x 8-in photo card, 4 x 12-in panorama
Media sizes supported (imperial):4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 4 x 8-in photo card, 4 x 12-in panorama
Media thickness (by paper path):Tray 1: photo paper 7 to 11.5 mil
Media weights by paper path:Up to 110 lb index
Package weight (imperial):5.3 lb
Page yield identifier:PS A530
Photo proofsheets supported:N
Print head:1 (cyan, magenta, yellow)
Print resolution (photo, best quality):< 4800 x 1200 (on advanced photo paper)
Recommended media weight (imperial):16 to 24 lb
Skew:+/- 0.006 in
Skew (transparency):+/- 0.006 in
Standard input capacity for cards:Up to 20 sheets
Standard output capacity for cards:Up to 20 cards
SureSupply software driver:Y
Technical features:HP Auto Red-eye Removal, Photo brightness.
Video action printing supported:Y
Vivera inks supported:Y
Weight (imperial):2.89 lb
Wireless Technology:Bluetooth Wireless

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.61
Height:5.28
Package depth:6.5
Package height:7.76
Package weight:4.76
Package width:11.8
Weight:2.89
Width:9.92