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HP PhotoSmart A826

alaTest has collected and analyzed 153 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and print quality. The performance and design also get good feedback, but there are some less positive views about the reliability and value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP PhotoSmart A826 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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HP Photosmart A826 Snapshot Photo Printer


The advanced features of this snapshot photo printer--such as a touch screen and 5-by-7-inch media handling--might merit the price, but it's still awfully high.

Large, intuitive touch-screen interface ; Takes 4-by-6-inch and 5-by-7-inch media

Slow ; very expensive ; Input tray is awkward

The starter cartridge that comes with the Photosmart A826 can print up to 20 4-by-6-inch photos. The cost per photo beyond that can be reasonable: HP's Value Pack includes enough ink and paper for 120 4-by-6-inch photos and costs $35, or about 29 cents...

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Hewlett-Packard HP Photosmart A826


Most snapshot photo printers are basically one-trick ponies, but the HP Photosmart A826 breaks from the herd with its innovative and plentiful features. Unfortunately it's hobbled by a high price and slow print times.

Large, intuitive touch-screen interface ; Takes 4-by-6-inch and 5-by-7-inch media

Slow; very expensive ; Input tray is awkward

Advanced features (a touchscreen interface, 5-by-7-inch media handling) might merit the price, but it's still awfully high.

Editor's Choice!

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HP Photosmart A826


The HP Photosmart A826 is the first standalone snapshot printer we've seen that truly attempts to bring the in-store photo kiosk experience into the home. The printer's large size and extra large touch screen make using it a pleasure. And the fast...

Fast, high-quality prints; lots of fun features such as clip art and captions; per-print costs are in line with other snapshot printers' costs; touch screen is easy to use and great for displaying slide shows; menus are logically organized.

Expensive; album options are a bit limited.

The HP Photosmart A826 snapshot printer offers an attractive design, is easy and fun to use, and works better without a PC than any other snapshot printer we've reviewed thanks to its huge touch screen, but we wonder who will spend $250 for a dedicated...


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HP Photosmart A826


The A826 can print standard-format photos at sizes up to 5 by 7 inches and panoramas up to 4 by 12 inches. As you would expect from most any dedicated photo printer, it can print from PictBridge cameras and computers, too, but then you don't get to use...

Kiosk-style, 7-inch touch screen. Shows photos at 4.2 inches diagonally. Prints 5-by-7s, 4-by-6s, and panoramas up to 4 by 12 inches

Although quality and speed are both respectable, both are a step below the best available ; Watch the HP Photosmart A826 Home Photo Center Video Review

The HP Photosmart A826 Home Photo Center is literally a home photo kiosk, with a 7-inch touch screen and no need for connecting to a computer.

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HP A826 Photosmart Compact Photo Printer


HP's A826 Compact Photo Printer is designed as an easy and fun-to-use, space-saving photo printer. Featuring a nice color touch screen and a housing that looks like something from Wall-E, it at least accomplishes that goal. How is it otherwise?

Compact footprint ; Easy to use ; Good print quality

Rather expensive

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HP Photosmart A826 Snapshot Photo Printer – Review


Are there times when you just want a photo printed from your digital camera. You would like to forget about going to your computer, booting it up, copying the photo off the camera, setting up the printer for photos, and then printing it on a full page...

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HP Photosmart A826 photo printer


The HP Photosmart A826 is a great choice for beginning photographers who want to print their digital photos as easily as possible. The printer's case design could use some improvement for greater ease of handling, and dark prints appear a little dull;...

Extremely intuitive and innovative user interface ; Attractive kiosk-shaped design

Rounded, smooth design makes printer clumsy to handle ; Dark prints appear flat and dull due to processed blacks

There’s something important to note about the A826: even though it is a compact photo printer, that doesn’t mean it’s portable. Measuring 14.7 by 15.1 by 10.4 inches with its output and paper trays open and ready to use, the A826 is larger than other...

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HP Photosmart A826 Inkjet Printer Review


This fun, innovative photo printer shines as a stand-alone device for newbie users—though it might not be cost-effective if you just want a snapshot printer for your PC.

Easy for non-technical users; fun "creative" modes for editing photos; excellent screen and interface; good print quality

Expensive; stingy starter ink cartridge; slow; no way to save edits and tweaks to memory cards

Double your display real estate by adding a second monitor. It's a snap: Here's how

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"It's a great printer...until it quits feeding paper!"


If HP would change the paper feed, I would recommend this printer to anyone. For now, look elsewhere.

Love 5x7 printing, card readers & touchscreen

Paper feeder MUST be fixed on future models!!! I have had 2 stop working & my best friend's quit working also. Too expensive for this frustration!

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Great to give instant 4x6 prints inserted into a Tap


I have printed past event projects involving up to 150 guest shots put into Tap 4x6 Presentation Cards. Being realistic: understanding basic ink and print theory. I extended curing time,(old school) allowing a reasonable amount of dry time. With...

Excellent photo paper capacity. Cartridge is affordable, easy to replace. Fun, Fun, Fun!!! At event, party hosts love giving guests a memento that is affordable and lasts a long time

I researched this product before buying it. I found nothing wrong with this printer. The A826 does what it says and met my expectations

Product Specifications

HP PhotoSmart photo printer is designed to bring low-cost, photographic-quality image printing to the home environment. The HP PhotoSmart photo printer enables importing personal photographs for manipulation and inclusion in various forms of documents and can output them economically without sacrificing the quality of the original image. The most frequent uses of the HP PhotoSmart photo printer include photo enlargement, cropping, red-eye elimination, scratch removal, replication of snapshots, and the creation of greeting cards and other novelties.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:North America/United States
Model:A826 Home Photo Center
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista


Type: None


Type: None


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Language Simulation:PCL 3
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):5.12 in x 7.1 in
Max V-Resolution Color:1200dpi
Media Type:Photo paper
Output Type:Color
Total Media Capacity:100sheets
Type:Compact photo printer


Installed Size:64MB
Max Supported Size:64MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

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