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HP Photosmart A636

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 reviews of HP Photosmart A636. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and print quality. The size and performance also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the price. Some have doubts about the noise.

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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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HP Photosmart A636

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 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 3.9/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the reliability and price. The size and usability also get good comments, but there are some less positive opinions about the performance.

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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, UK

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HP Photosmart A636

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 user reviews of HP Photosmart A636 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size and design. The print quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the reliability and noise get negative reviews. There are some mixed views about the performance.

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price, noise, reliability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for HP Photosmart A636

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of HP Photosmart A636 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Printers on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the size.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

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

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (laptopmag.com)

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...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Melissa Riofrio (pcworld.com)

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

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Justin Yu (cnet.com)

HP Photosmart A636 review

 

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.

Jul, 2008

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: M. David Stone (pcmag.com)

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.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

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...

May, 2010

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

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...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

HP Photosmart A636 Photo Printer

 

A dedicated photo printer with some unusual innovations.

Feb, 2011

expert REVIEWS - BEST BUY

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

HP Photosmart A636 review

 

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

May, 2009

Expert review by: Melissa Riofrio (techadvisor.co.uk)

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.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: (itreviews.co.uk)

HP - Photosmart A636

 

If you open up the packaging of HP's new Photosmart A636 compact printer you'll be forgiven for suffering an instant sense of déjà vu, as this is an upgrade of the virtually identical Photosmart A626. There ...

If you haven't yet purchased a compact photo printer to keep with you on the move where PCs might be hard to come by, then the Photosmart A636 produces good quality images with a host of editing and fun creative features.

Oct, 2008
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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.

Certificates

Electromagnetic compatibility: / CISPR 22:2005, EN 55022:2006, FCC CFR 47 Part 15, EN 61000-3-2:2006, IEC 61000-3-2:2005, EN 61000-3-3:1995 + A1:2001 + A2:2005, IEC 61000-3-3:1994 + A1:2001 + A2:2005, EN 55024:1998 + A1:2001 + A2:2003
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

Color

Printing colors:

Consumables

Compatible ink types, supplies: / Dye-based

Dimensions & Weight

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

Display

Display:

Energy Management

Acoustic power emissions: / 5.5 B(A)
Energy Star certified: / No
Power consumption (standby):
Power consumption (typical): / 14

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

Input Capacity

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

Media Formats

Custom media sizes:
Recommended media:
Standard media sizes:

Media Types

Media types supported:

Memory

Internal memory: / 64

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Modem

Type: None

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range: / 5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T): / 5 - 40
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T): / 15 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range: / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-30 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T): / -30 - 65

Other Features

Compatible operating systems: / Microsoft Windows XP Home, XP Professional, Windows Vista, Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5
Dimensions (WxDxH): / 9.92 x 4.61 x 5.28
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum internal memory:
Package dimensions (WxDxH): / 11.8 x 6.5 x 7.99
Power Requirements: / 100 - 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz)
Power supply type: / External power supply module, optional internal lithium ion battery (not included, sold separately)
Print quality, vertical alignment accuracy:+/- 0.006 in
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):21
Standard input trays: / 1
Standard tray media types:Card stock, Photo paper

Output Capacity

Paper handling standard/output: / 20-sheet output tray
Standard output capacity: / 20

Packaging Data

Pallet dimensions (W x D x H): / 48 x 40 x 100.9
Pallet weight: / 1554.3
Quantity per pallet: / 288

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)
Media types supported:Photo paper, index cards
Paper handling:20-sheet 10 x 15 / 13 x 18 cm photo paper tray, 20-sheet output tray
Paper handling standard/input: / 20-sheet input tray
Recommended media:Photo Paper
Recommended media weight: / 60 to 90 g/m2; HP photo papers: up to 280 g/m2
Standard media sizes:A6, Hagaki, L size, panorama, 13 x 18 cm

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: / Yes
I/O ports: / 1 USB, 1 PictBridge, 4 Memory card slots
Optional connectivity:
PictBridge: / Yes
USB port:Y
USB ports quantity:1
USB version:2.0

Power

Acoustic power emissions:5.5 B(A)
Energy Star certified:N
Power consumption (typical):14

Print Quality

Print quality (black, best quality): / 1200 x 1200
Print quality (color, best quality):
Print technology:

Print Technology

Maximum Resolution:4800 x 1200
Print head nozzles:600
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing colors:Cyan, Magenta

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

Printing

Borderless printing: / Yes
Print speed (black, draft quality, A4/US Letter):21
Print speed (color photo, draft quality):
Print speed (color photo, normal quality):
Print speed (colour photo, best quality on photo paper, 10x15):

RAM

Installed Size:64MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

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

Sound Emission

Acoustic pressure emissions: / 55

Storage

Compatible memory cards:
SmartCard slot: Yes

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements: / Windows 7 ready. For more information go to http://http:///go/windows7. Some features may not be available; Windows Vista: 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 512 MB RAM, 10 MB HD, Internet Explorer, USB; Windows XP Home (SP1), Windows XP Professional (SP1), Windows XP Professional x64 (SP1) editions;: Any Intel Pentium II, Intel Celeron, or 233 MHz compatible processor, 128 MB RAM, 10 MB HD, Internet Explorer 6, USB. (Software is embedded in printer for XP (32-bit and Vista (32-bit). No CD required. Vista 64-bit and XP 64-bit available via Web download; XP and Vista 64-bit versions require Internet access.)\nWindows Vista: 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 512 MB RAM, 10 MB HD, Internet Explorer, USB; Windows XP Home (SP1), Windows XP Professional (SP1), Windows XP Professional x64 (SP1) editions; Windows 7 ready. For more information go to http:///go/windows7. Some features may not be available: Any Intel Pentium II, Intel Celeron, or 233 MHz compatible processor, 128 MB RAM, 10 MB HD, Internet Explorer 6, USB. (Software is embedded in printer for XP (32-bit and Vista (32-bit). No CD required. Vista 64-bit and XP 64-bit available via Web download; XP and Vista 64-bit versions require Internet access.), PowerPC G3, G4, G5, or Intel Core processor; 256 MB RAM (512 MB or higher recommended for Mac OS X v 10.5); Mac OS X v 10.4, Mac OS X v 10.5; 10 MB HD; Web browser; USB port; (Software is embedded in printer for Mac OS X v 10.4, Mac OS X v 10.5, Mac OS X v 10.6)
OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Apple MacOS X 10.5 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Technical Details

Automatic paper sensor: / N
Battery Type: / Rechargeable lithium ion (not included, sold separately)
Camera phone: / Direct photo printing from camera phones with the optional Bluetooth Wireless Printer Adapter\nYes
Control panel: / 4.8-inch display with touchscreen (3.5-in viewing area), one button (Power)
Drive device, buffer size: / 64
Euro pallet quantity: / 209
Exifprint supported: / Yes, Version 2.2
Functions: / Print
JetDirect Compatible Products: / N
Maximum input capacity (photo paper): / Up to 20 sheets
Maximum input capacity for 10 x 15 cm photographs: / 20
Maximum output capacity: / 20
Maximum output capacity (photo paper): / 20
Maximum print length: / 12007.9
Maximum print length (imperial): / 12 in
Media handling: / Sheetfeed
Media size (tray 1): / Tray 1: 4 x 6 in, 4 x 8-in photo card, 4 x 12-in panorama, 5 x 7 in
Media sizes supported (imperial): / 4 x 6 in, 4 x 8-in photo card, 4 x 12-in panorama, 5 x 7 in
Media weights by paper path: / 60 - 90 g/m²
Network ready: / No
Number of cartons per pallet: / 24
Number of layers per pallet: / 12
Number of print cartridges:
Operating temperature (T-T):59 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T): / 59 - 95
Package dimensions (W x D x H): / 11.8 x 6.5 x 7.99
Package weight: / 5.23
Package weight (imperial):5.23
Page yield identifier: / PS630
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H): / 48 x 40 x 100.9
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):48 x 40 x 100.9
Pallet size (EU): / 47.2 x 31.5 x 93.6
Pallet weight: / 1552
Pallet weight (imperial):1552
Photo proofsheets supported: / N
Print head: / 1 (cyan, magenta, yellow)
Print resolution (photo, best quality): / < 4800 x 1200 (on advanced photo paper)
Processor frequency:450
Product dimensions when open (LxWxD): / 9.92
Recommended media weight (imperial): / 16 to 24 lb; HP photo papers: up to 75 lb
Size: / 9.92
Skew: / +/- 0.006 in
Standard input capacity for cards: / Up to 20 cards
Standard output capacity for cards: / Up to 20 cards
Standard printer languages:
Supported media weight(s):
SureSupply supported: / Yes
Technical features: / HP Auto Red-eye Removal, Photo brightness.
Video action printing supported: / N
Vivera inks supported: / Y
Weight: / 3.35 lb
Weight (imperial):3.35 lb
Wireless option type: / Optional, with HP Bluetooth Wireless Printer Adapters
Wireless Technology: / Bluetooth

Weight & Dimensions

Maximum dimensions (W x D x H): / 9.88 x 8.7 x 6.89
Package weight: / 5.22
Weight: / 3.35