Visit our Business Solutions website >>

HP Photosmart A636

HP Photosmart A636
alaScore 84

157 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 157 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the print quality and size. The design and usability also get good views. Many are less positive about the value for money, and reviews are divided on the performance.

usability, design, size, print quality

value for money

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 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 157 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 31 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 10 of 31 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (9)

Expert review by:

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...

Expert review by:

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

Expert review by:

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by:

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.

Expert review by:

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...

Expert review by:

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...

Consumer review by:

Absolutely great little printer!

 

I was looking for a printer that would give me great quality photos and this printer delivers that times 100. The auto photo fix feature is amazing and the software allows me to add text, different edges, colors, clip art, etc. to my photos. I love how...

The photo quality is outstanding. It is convenient and easy to use without a computer. The included software allows you to edit your photos directly from your memory card. You can even add text! The touch screen is a nice feature too

At this point the only con would be the cost of the ink cartridge

Consumer review by:

"Not worth the money"

 

I think a printer that is only a couple of years old and has been taken care of should last a little longer. We figured that we printed about 200 photo's and bought 3 ink cartridges, we expected this unit to last longer than that. Very dissapointed in...

when it did print the photos were above average quailty. I printed better pictures at Bartell Drug Store

Received the error message, CARTRIDGE ERROR, and wouldn't clear. Contacted HP and there resolution was, printer life cycle is over and to buy a new printer. Printer cartridges are way to expensive compared to other printers on the market.

Consumer review by:

Not worth the money

 

I think a printer that is only a couple of years old and has been taken care of should last a little longer. We figured that we printed about 200 photo's and bought 3 ink cartridges, we expected this unit to last longer than that. Very dissapointed in...

when it did print the photos were above average quailty. I printed better pictures at Bartell Drug Store

Received the error message, CARTRIDGE ERROR, and wouldn't clear. Contacted HP and there resolution was, printer life cycle is over and to buy a new printer. Printer cartridges are way to expensive compared to other printers on the market

Consumer review by:

RUN AWAY!!!!

 

After 1 year and 7 months, and only around 150 photos, one day I got an ink cartridge error and now the printer won't work at all. HP's tech (HA!) department's advice? Buy a NEW printer. Wow...awful. AND, while the printer worked, I only got about ......

While it WORKED, it printed nice pictures, convenient to print at home

Cost per photo, cost of replacement ink, quality of product, tech support for HP

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
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT