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HP Photosmart A636

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the print quality and size. The design and usability are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the performance, and there are some negative reviews about the reliability and value for money.

usability, design, size, print quality

value for money, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP Photosmart A636 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for HP Photosmart A636

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 32 user reviews of HP Photosmart A636 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, value for money, size

94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Photosmart A636 Printer, 1200dpi, USB, 32MB, UKHP Photosmart A636 Printer, 1200dpi, USB, 32MB, UKHP Photosmart A636 Compact Printr Q8637A

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Amazon.com review summary for HP Photosmart A636

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 user reviews of HP Photosmart A636 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com.

usability, print quality, design, size

performance, value for money

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: HP A636 Compact Photo Printer

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HP Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer

 

It's not fast, but the A636 offers pretty good photo quality at an affordable price along with built-in editing capabilities.

Easy to use ; Compact design ; Large touchscreen ; In-printer editing and effects

Many photos looked overexposed ; A bit slow

For For $149, the HP Photosmart A636 offers pretty-good print quality, and we like the built-in touchscreen and editing capabilities. If you49, the HP Photosmart A636 offers pretty-good print quality, and we like the built-in touchscreen and editing...

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HP Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer Printer

 

Other snapshot printers, beware: HP's new Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer sets a high standard. This medium-priced, inkjet-based model is fast and very easy to use. Its print quality is nearly as good as that of the Epson PictureMate Dash, which...

Fast ; easy to use ; many printing options ; Prints on 5-by-7-inch media

Documentation skimps on some key details

The Photosmart A636 may miss on a few minor points, but it's a fast, capable printer--and its ability to accept an unusually extensive range of paper sizes is a definite plus

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HP Photosmart A636

 

The $150 HP Photosmart A636 is a slight upgrade to last year's A626 , with a few minor software differences. The A636 retains the same body shape and design but adds additional photo customization and editing capabilities. We didn't notice any...

Improved photo quality prints; incredibly easy desktop software installation; tons of editing features; large touch screen; small footprint.

Slower-than-average prints.

The HP Photosmart A636 is an excellent at-home photo inkjet printer that's both versatile and easy to use. We highly recommend the A636 for its significant photo quality improvements over the last model and an attractive design to boot.

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HP Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer

 

Most small-format dedicated photo printers are notably easy to set up and use. Almost all of them are suitable for technophobes who just want to print snapshots with as little effort as possible. So when I say that the HP Photosmart A636 Compact Photo...

Touch screen. Prints 5-by-7s, 4-by-6s, and up to 4-by-12-inch panoramas. Installs driver from printer itself

Speed is acceptable but slower than that of some other dedicated photo printers

The HP Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer is strong on convenience, with a kiosk-like touch screen and effortless installation.

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HP Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer

 

HP has packed a lot of features into this little printer. It's small enough to be out of the way at home and easy to take along with you to a wedding, party or even on vacation. The 4.8" LCD touchscreen allows you to do more with your photos before...

4.8Fold-down LCD and carrying handle, optional batteryFast - 71 seconds for 4Can perform a number of operations directly on photosAcceptable quality at 4800 x 1200 optimized

The HP Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer Q8637A features the largest...

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HP Photosmart A636

 

HP has packed a lot of features into this little printer. It's small enough to be out of the way at home and easy to take along with you to a wedding, party or even on vacation. The 4.8" touchscreen allows you to do more with your photos before...

4.8-inch screenFold-down LCD and carrying handle, optional batteryFast - 71 seconds for 4Can perform a number of operations directly on photosAcceptable quality at 4800 x 1200 optimized

The HP Photosmart A636 Printer features the largest touchscreen on a...

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HP Photosmart A636 Photo Printer

 

A dedicated photo printer with some unusual innovations.

All you do to set the printer up for PC printing is plug it into a USB port. Windows recognises it and downloads all the necessary software from the printer. The driver is held in the printer’s firmware and copies and installs as soon as you plug the...

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HP Photosmart A636 review

 

The HP Photosmart A636 is an excellent inkjet photo printer that's both versatile and easy to use. We highly recommend the A636, both for its attractive design, and for the significant improvements in photo quality compared to its predecessor

Good-quality photo prints ; Incredibly easy software installation ; Tonnes of editing features ; Large touchscreen ; Small footprint

Slower-than-average print speed

The A636 shows significant improvement over the A626 in terms of print quality. The colour blocks that seemed grainy before are now crisp and clearly detailed. The colour spectrum remains solid and well defined, with sharp edges that seem to pop off...

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HP Photosmart A636 review

 

HP's Photosmart A636 is the only mini-photo printer here to use inkjet rather than dye sublimation technology.

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HP Photosmart A636 review

 

Snapshot printers, beware: HP's new Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer sets a high standard - and rewards impatient, on-the-go users.

If you need a quick and versatile photo printer that won't break the bank, and can live with minor image defects, look no further than the HP Photosmart A636.

Product Specifications

Get prints from wallet to 5 x 7 inches - plus panorama size - with this small, portable printer. Crop, zoom or add creative frames to enhance your photos without a PC, using a 2.4-inch display. The printer detects and automatically removes red eye.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.7in
Height:6.9in
Weight:3.4lbs
Width:9.9in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Spain/United States
Localization:English/Spanish
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:A636 Compact Photo Printer
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Modem

Type: None

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:USB
Language Simulation:PCL 3
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):4 in x 6 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
Output Type:Color
Technology:Ink-jet
Total Media Capacity:20sheets
Type:Compact photo printer

RAM

Installed Size:64MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Apple MacOS X 10.5 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional