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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. Reviews about the print quality and design are generally positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the noise, and 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 80/100 = Very 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 People really like the print quality and design. The performance and price also get good feedback, but there are some less positive reviews about the size and reliability.

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

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Apr, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for HP PhotoSmart D5160


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 Reviewers really like the durability and performance. The price and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the noise and size.

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

Apr, 2018

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

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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

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Great printer


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


Jun, 2008

Consumer review (

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

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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

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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

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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.


Blue Angel certified: No
Energy Star certified: No


Printing colors:


Compatible ink types, supplies:

Dimensions & Weight



Display: / LCD
Display Type:LCD


Maximum duty cycle:

Energy Management

Acoustic power emissions:
Energy Star certified:
Power consumption (standby):
Power consumption (typical): / 50


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

Input Capacity

Envelope feeder:N
Maximum input capacity: / 125
Maximum input capacity for cards: / 60
Maximum input capacity for envelopes: / 15
Maximum input capacity for labels: / Up to 60 sheets
Maximum input capacity for transparencies: / 95
Maximum paper trays: / 1 plus automated photo tray that supports 4 x 6-in and 5 x 7-in photo paper
Paper handling standard/input:125-sheet input tray, automated 20-sheet photo tray (supports 10 x 15 cm and 13 x 18 cm)
Standard input capacity: / 125
Standard input capacity for cards:Up to 60 cards
Standard input capacity for transparencies:Up to 95 sheets

Media Formats

Custom media sizes: / 77 x 127 to 215 x 610 mm
Recommended media:
Standard media sizes:

Media Types

Media types supported:

Media Weight

Recommended media weight:A4: 60 to 90, HP envelopes: 70 to 90, HP cards: up to 200, HP photo paper: up to 280, CD-DVD labels


Internal memory: / 32
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum memory:32


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


Type: None


Type: None
Wireless option type:Optional, with HP bt450 Bluetooth Wireless Printer and PC Adapter

Operational Conditions

Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity (H-H):15 - 80
Operating relative humidity range: / 15 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T): / 10 - 35
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T): / 15 - 30
Storage relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Storage relative humidity range: / 20 - 80
Storage temperature (T-T):-30 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T): / -30 - 65

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:
Dimensions (WxDxH):
Maximum internal memory:
Package dimensions (WxDxH): / 19.7 x 9.45 x 17.2
Power Requirements:
Print quality, vertical alignment accuracy:
Standard input trays:

Output Capacity

Duty cycle letter size (maximum):3000
Maximum output capacity:65
Maximum output capacity for transparencies:50
Paper handling standard/output: / 65-sheet output tray
Standard output capacity: / 65
Standard output capacity for cards:Up to 30 cards

Packaging Data

Package weight:14.95 lb
Package weight (imperial):14.95 lb
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H):
Pallet weight:
Quantity per pallet: / 50

Paper Handling

A6 Card: Yes
Duplex print options:
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
ISO C-series sizes (C0...C9):C6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Maximum print size:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Media handling:Sheetfed
Paper handling standard/input:
Recommended media weight:

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: / Yes
I/O ports: / 1 USB - compatible with USB 2.0 specifications, 1 PictBridge, 4 memory card slots
Optional connectivity:
PictBridge: / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Power consumption (typical):50

Print Quality

Print quality (black, best quality): / 1200
Print quality (black, draft quality):300
Print quality (black, normal quality):600
Print quality (color, best quality): / 4800
Print technology:

Print Technology

Color: Yes
Compatible ink types, supplies:Dye-based, pigment-based
Duplex print options:Manual (driver support provided)
Maximum duty cycle:3000
Maximum print length:24015.7
Maximum Resolution:4800 x 1200
Printing colors:Light cyan, Magenta, Yellow


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


Borderless printing:
Print speed (black, best quality, A4):2.3
Print speed (black, draft quality, A4/US Letter): / 31
Print speed (black, fast normal quality, A4):11
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):31
Print speed (color photo, draft quality):
Print speed (color, best quality, A4):2.3
Print speed (color, draft quality, A4/US Letter): / 24
Print speed (color, fast normal quality, A4):7.2
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):24


Installed Size:32MB
Max Supported Size:32MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:

Sound Emission

Acoustic power emissions:4.7 B(A)
Acoustic pressure emissions: / 47
Operating acoustic emission:4.7


Compatible memory cards:

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:- Windows 2000 / XP Home / XP Professional / Windows Vista\n- Mac OS X v10.3.9, 10.4
JetDirect Compatible Products:N
Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:425
Minimum processor:Intel Pentium II / Celeron
Minimum RAM:128
Minimum system requirements:
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:Mac OS X v10.3.9, v 10.4; G3 processor (G4 or higher recommended); 128 MB RAM (256 MB or higher recommended), 400 MB available hard disk space; SVGA 800 x 600 monitor with 16-bit colour; CD-ROM drive; requires CD writer and 700 MB of additional hard disk space; available USB port and USB cable for direct connection; HP Memories Disc Creator software; QuickTime 5.0 or later; Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 or higher recommended; Internet access recommended; any Web browser
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

Technical Details

Automatic paper sensor: / Y
Bundled software:- HP Photosmart Essential\n- Premier Software\n- HP Photosmart Express
Camera phone: / Direct photo printing from camera phones with the optional HP bt450 Bluetooth Wireless Printer and PC Adapter\nYes
Control panel: / 8 front-panel buttons (Power, Cancel, HP Photosmart Express, Photo tray, Photo index, Layout, Print, OK) plus two select arrows
Dimensions (WxDxH):18 x 15 x 6.73
Euro pallet quantity: / 50
Exifprint supported: / Yes, Version 2.2
Functions: / Print
Input capacity for envelopes (primary tray):
Interface:USB 2.0, PictBridge, memory cards
JetDirect Compatible Products:
Maximum input capacity (photo paper): / Up to 45 sheets
Maximum input capacity for 10 x 15 cm photographs: / 20
Maximum output capacity:
Maximum output capacity (photo paper): / Up to 25 sheets
Maximum output capacity for labels: / Up to 30 sheets
Maximum output capacity for transparencies:
Maximum print length:
Maximum print length (imperial): / 24 in
Media handling:
Media sizes supported (imperial):
Media weights by paper path:
Network ready: / No
Number of cartons per pallet: / 10
Number of layers per pallet: / 5
Number of print cartridges:
Operating temperature range (T-T):
Package dimensions (W x D x H): / 19.7 x 9.44 x 17.2
Package weight:
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H): / 48 x 40 x 92.4
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):48 x 40 x 92.4
Pallet size (EU): / 47.2 x 39.4 x 92.3
Pallet weight: / 799
Pallet weight (imperial):799
Photo proofsheets supported: / Y
Power consumption (off):
Power consumption (PowerSave):
Power Requirements:Input voltage 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz)
Print head: / 4 (1 each black, photo, tri-color, optional gray photo)
Print quality, vertical alignment accuracy:+/- 0.0508 mm
Print resolution (photo, best quality): / < 4800 x 1200 color ( & 1200 input)
Print speed (color, draft quality, letter): / < 24
Print technology:Inkjet
Product dimensions when open (LxWxD): / 18
Recommended media weight (imperial): / 16 to 24 lb
Size: / 18
Skew: / +/- 0.006 in
Skew (transparency): / +/- 0.012 in
Standard input capacity for legal: / Up to 125 sheets
Standard input capacity for cards:
Standard input capacity for legal:Up to 125 sheets
Standard input capacity for transparencies:
Standard input trays:2
Standard output capacity for cards:
Standard output capacity for envelopes:
Standard output capacity for labels: / Up to 10 sheets
Standard output capacity for legal: / Up to 65 sheets
Standard output capacity for transparancies: / 50
Standard output capacity for transparencies:50
Supported media weight(s):
SureSupply supported: / Yes
Technical features: / Versatile photo and document printing plus direct CD/DVD printing*.\nPrint 10 x 15 cm photos in as fast as 26 secs, print documents at up to 31 ppm black/24 ppm colour.\nNumeric display and HP photo proof sheet allow selection of photos, size and quantity without a PC.\nOrganise, enhance, remove red-eye, sharpen and crop your photos with HP Photosmart Premier Software. HP Photosmart Share included for easy photo sharing without large attachments* – friends and family simply choose which photos to download.\nPrint with or without borders in any size up to large panorama (215 x 610 mm)*.\nDirect printing from PictBridge camera, USB flash drive or via memory card slots*.\nAutomated paper tray carries 10 x 15 cm or 13 x 18 cm photo paper; HP Auto Sense.\nThree cartridges included for 6-ink or 4-ink printing – photos resists fading for generations*.
Video action printing supported: / Y
Vivera inks supported: / Y
Weight: / 10.9 lb
Weight (imperial):10.9 lb
Wireless option type:
Wireless Technology: / Bluetooth

Weight & Dimensions

Maximum dimensions (W x D x H): / 18 x 15 x 6.73
Package weight: / 15
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H):47.2 x 39.4 x 92.3
Pallet weight:800.3
Weight: / 10.9