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HP Photosmart A646

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the build quality and connectivity. The design and print quality also get good feedback, whereas the paper handling and performance get less positive reviews.

usability, print quality, design, connectivity, build quality

value for money, performance, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP Photosmart A646 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Hewlett-Packard Photosmart A646

 

The HP Photosmart A646 Compact Photo Printer offers a few surprising features for its midrange price ($150 as of 11/11/09). Compared with the Epson PictureMate Charm, which costs the same, the Photosmart A646 offers more versatility, but it falls...

Color touchscreen LCD ; Versatile paper handling; editing options

Orangey flesh tones ; No battery option

The wide variety of paper sizes and editing options available on the A646 may make up for a few other shortcomings.

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HP's Easy Portable A646 Makes Printing Fun Again

 

Printers are boring you say? You've obviously never fired up an A646. Besides being not much bigger than a lunch box, this pipsqueak of a portable pumps out

Surprisingly sharp, vivid print quality for such a petite package. A lobotomized hamster could set this thing up. Reasonably agile touchscreen for purikura-style doodles. Bluetooth, SD slot cut the cords

No battery, so be on the lookout for outlets “in the field.” Prints only on pricey photo paper

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HP Photosmart A646 Compact Printer

 

As with the A636, the A646 is a little bigger than most small-format printers, because it's designed to print 5-by-7 photos as well as the more usual 4- by 6-inch format. In addition, it can handle 4- by 12-inch panoramas. Even so, it's highly portable...

Touch screen with generally well-designed menus. Prints 5-by-7s, 4-by-6s, and panoramas up to 4 by 12 inches

Speed is acceptable but slow. Messages on the printer LCD and the approach to printing from a computer can be confusing

The HP Photosmart A646 Compact Printer is a worthy successor to the Editors' Choice A636 in many ways, but it falters badly on ease of use.

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HP A646 Compact Photo Printer Review

 

If you're looking for a small printer that can handle most of your on-the-fly photo printing needs with notably good performance.

Great picture quality.; Can print up to 5 × 7 photos.; Bluetooth connectivity means printing from your smartphone

Can’t print larger than 5 × 7 photos

As far as compact photo printers go, the HP Photosmart A646 competes well with the better-performing models of the bunch, and with the added convenience of having all of the drivers stored on the machine itself, as well as the ability to print from a...

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HP Photosmart A646

 

A small printer that can handle most of your on-the-fly photo printing needs with notably good performance.

As far as compact photo printers go, the HP Photosmart A646 competes well with the better-performing models of the bunch, and with the added convenience of having all of the drivers stored on the machine itself, as well as the ability to print from a...

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Printer for large-format photos

 

Reviewers say the chief advantage of the HP Photosmart A646 is its versatility. Unlike most compact photo printers, it can produce not only 4-by-6-inch snapshots but also 4-by-8's, 5-by-7's and 4-by-12 panoramas. It also offers a variety of editing...

Variety of photo sizes, variety of editing options, large touch screen, good connectivity

So-so print quality, slow print speed, high cost per print, no battery option, glitch-ridden software

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HP Photosmart A646 Compact Photo Printer

 

Although the exterior and the case are cleverly designed, this snapshot printer offers no price or performance advantage over the competition.

Charming case; responsive touch screen; simple controls via built-in menus

Inaccurate color when printing from SD-card slot; slow; consumables are expensive; some install glitches in our tests

While the HP Photosmart A646's case and packaging are adorable, if you are looking for a fast, economical printer with stellar output, the Epson Picturemate Charm is a much better bet. The HP Photosmart A646 simply can't begin to compete until the cost...

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Review: HP Photosmart A646 snapshot printer

 

HP's Photosmart A646 compact photo printer offers a few surprising features for its midrange price.

The Photosmart A646 has some impressive features. Most snapshot printers take only one size of media, but the Photosmart A646 accepts three: 4 by 6 inches (the size of our test photos), 4 by 12 inches (panoramic), and 5 by 7 inches. On the inside front...

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HP Photosmart A646

 

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Great Photo Printer!

 

I?ve been using the predecessor to this model for several years now and I was just thinking that I wanted to get a new printer that was faster. The previous model printed 4x6's in about 2 minutes; this new model does it in about 28 seconds

The printer touts that it has Bluetooth so you can print photos from your phone, but it won?t detect my iPhone. I'm a little worried that I'm going to loose the stylus used for navigating the touchscreen

Product Specifications

What can you do with HP's Photosmart A646 Compact Photo Printer? Personalize and print lab-quality photos using an extra-large HP TouchSmart screen (3.45"), and print snapshots from a Bluetooth-enabled phone. You can even run a slide show right on the screen, no PC needed.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.6in
Height:5.3in
Weight:2.4lbs
Width:9.9in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC / Mac
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:A646 Compact Photo Printer
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart

Modem

Type: None

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wireless / Wired
Interface:USB / Bluetooth
Language Simulation:PCL 3
Max Media Size (Standard):4 in x 6 in
Max Printing Speed Color:2.1prints/min
Media Type:Photo paper / Index cards
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:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional / Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Apple MacOS X 10.6 / Apple MacOS X 10.5
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