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HP PhotoSmart D5160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 reviews of HP PhotoSmart D5160. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People really like the print quality and design. The performance and price are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the noise, while many are less positive about the control panel and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP PhotoSmart D5160 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of HP PhotoSmart D5160 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Reviews about the print quality and design are generally positive. The performance and price also get good opinions, but many are critical about the size and reliability.

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78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of HP PhotoSmart D5160 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Opinions about the durability and performance are generally positive. The price and design also get good comments, but there are some critical opinions about the noise and size.

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

Aug, 2017

Expert review by: Brian Chen (

Hewlett-Packard HP Photosmart D5160


Fast ; Very good text and color-document quality ; Easy and convenient CD/DVD printing ; Inexpensive ; Attractive design

Photos are oversharpened ; Reds look dark ; Control panel and included software have irksome limitations

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Brian Chen (

HP Photosmart D5160 photo printer


Whether you're looking to produce some attractive CDs or DVDs, print some photos to pin on your wall, or print essays every now and then, the low-cost, versatile Photosmart D5160 will do the trick.

Fast ; Very good text and color-document quality ; Easy and convenient CD/DVD printing ; Inexpensive ; Attractive design

Photos are oversharpened ; Reds look dark ; Control panel and included software have irksome limitations

The D5160should take you no longer than five minutes to set up. The printer’s ink carriage holds only two cartridges, which are easy to snap into place. After connecting the device via USB 2.0, installing the software, and loading some media, you're...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: (

HP Photosmart D5160 review


Although the two HPs may look similar, with their sleek white designs, there is a major difference between them: the print engine.

This two-tank printer faces stiff competition in the middle of the price range. Good quality photos and reasonable speeds, but running costs are a little high.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Haynes (

HP Photosmart D5160


This is the only A4 model we looked at that has memory card slots on its exterior in addition to a PictBridge connection. Plus, the HP boasts a mono LCD status panel. It can't be used for browsing thumbnails, but it's still handy for conveying general...

The HP Photosmart D5160 is a fairly economical printer that produces good-quality results at a moderate speed. A decent effort overall, but not quite up there with the Canon.

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: paul_smart (

HP Photosmart D5160


This is grey and cream in colour inkjet printer. It's rather low slung and could even be acceptable in the lounge. Also, it is quite quiet when in use, even in economy mode.

The Hewlett Packard is 43x35x14cm, paper is stored face down in the base and delivered face up on top of the paper storage tray so no extra space is required. There is also a built in 15x10cm paper tray that photo paper can be left stored (face down)...

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: goonsqad (

Great printer


Prints great photos. I love the CD/DVD labeling system. Could'nt ask for anything more


Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: mdspiro (

Great Printer for CDs/DVDs


Some people have complained about the printer's tray scratching DVD's. While I've not had that problem, I decided to be proactive and follow another user's suggestion to put a blank CD Label Sticker onto the tray to provide a clean, smooth surface for...

Simply put, this is a GREAT printer -- especially for CD's and DVD's. That's the main reason I bought it -- we have a business involving producing custom DVD Slideshows. The results we've achieved from the D5160 rival most professional printers, at a...

Anyone who complains about the lousy CD Label software included with this printer is obviously a computer novice. There's no need to purchase some other Label-Making program, unless you really don't know how to create a printable layout in the programs...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: asb2106 (

great deal!!!


Highly recommend for the CDs and for regular printing. I printed some 4 x 6's and 5 x 7's and they looked good also. The printer isnt bad, but if you print alot, then i would recommend a laser, really no inkjet could keep, so I have to have both.

Well simply put, this thing is nice! I picked up the inkjet CD's and DVD's and they look really nice. Its not perfect but it looks great for the marketing material for our company. For just black and white I use a lower quality and the printer is fast!...

First off, do not install the disk with the printer, go to HP's site and get simply the driver and the roxio labeler software. Your computer will thank me. I have a very good laptop - c2d 2.2ghz - 3gigs ram - 8600m gt Video card - and the c**p software...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: rabidjade (

Poor driver support


This just sealed the deal, last HP printer I will ever buy.


unit arrived just fine. Tried to install the drivers and kept getting an error on the last drive. Uninstalled and installed a downloaded driver for the same unit with the same error. Tried it on another computer with the same problem. No work around...

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Majer (

Great printer--- Buy it!!!


It looks like HP has discontinued this item. Probably do to copyright infrindgements. If you want a nice cd/dvd inkjet printer, get it now. Don't wait as they will soon be gone. Uses generic HP ink cartridges.

I've used the Espon R220 for printing CDs and DVDs. The ink for the Epson was more than the cost of the printer, plus the print head kept clogging ; With the HP, the printing was fast and crisp. The ink costs much less and you get a new printhead with...

Its not as compact as the espon counter part and the software is not as flexable, but it is very usable

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

The HP Photosmart D5160 Printer series is designed for families looking for a versatile printer offering the best of all worlds - lab-quality 6-ink photo printing, fast laser-quality document printing plus the ability to print directly onto CD/DVDs. Easily print photos, personalized CD/DVDs, greeting cards and a range of other creative projects at home. Print photos without a PC using your digital camera or memory cards, or with your PC using HP Photosmart Express or Essential. Enjoy fast reliable photo printing at home, black cartridge included for high speed document printing. Save time with convenient photo features such as the automated photo tray, HP Auto Sense and Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Print long-lasting, lab-quality photos and laser-quality documents at home with HP Vivera Inks. One-touch HP Photo Fix button removes red eye and brightens photos using HP Real Life technologies.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Canada / United States/Denmark / Finland / Ireland / Norway / Portugal / Spain / Sweden / United Kingdom/United States
Localization:English/English / French
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart


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


Type: None


Type: None

Paper Handling

Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):31ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):24ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1200dpi
Media Type:Cards / Envelopes / Greeting cards / Index cards / Iron-on transfers / Labels / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):1,000 - 9,999 pages
Output Type:Color
Print on CD/DVD: Yes
Total Media Capacity:125sheets
Type:Photo printer


Installed Size:32MB
Max Supported Size:32MB


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 2000 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Weight & Dimensions

Pallet weight:800.3