HP Photosmart A636
Manufacturer: HP Part number: Q8637A#ABA
- Bottom Line:
- 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.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $399.99
- Reviewed by: Justin Yu
- Edited by: Rich Brown
- Reviewed on: 07/30/2008
The good: Improved photo quality prints; incredibly easy desktop software installation; tons of editing features; large touch screen; small footprint.
The bad: Slower-than-average prints.
The bottom line: 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.
Not worth the money
by radavies999 on July 28, 2010
Pros: when it did print the photos were above average quailty. I printed better pictures at Bartell Drug Store
Cons: Received the error message, CARTRIDGE ERROR, and wouldn't clear. Contacted HP and there resolution was, printer life cycle is over and to buy a new printer. Printer cartridges are way to expensive compared to other printers on the market.
Summary: I think a printer that is only a couple of years old and has been taken care of should last a little longer. We figured that we printed about 200 ...
Summary: I think a printer that is only a couple of years old and has been taken care of should last a little longer. We figured that we printed about 200 photo's and bought 3 ink cartridges, we expected this unit to last longer than that. Very dissapointed in a product that was supposed to have come from a quality company like HP. It was not cheap buying the supplies and we are now stuck with a newer cartridge for $35.00.
by queenshimmer on July 13, 2010
Pros: While it WORKED, it printed nice pictures, convenient to print at home.
Cons: Cost per photo, cost of replacement ink, quality of product, tech support for HP.
Summary: After 1 year and 7 months, and only around 150 photos, one day I got an ink cartridge error and now the printer won't work at all. HP's ...
Summary: After 1 year and 7 months, and only around 150 photos, one day I got an ink cartridge error and now the printer won't work at all. HP's tech (HA!) department's advice? Buy a NEW printer. Wow...awful. AND, while the printer worked, I only got about 40 4 x 6 photos per ink cartridge and the cartridges are NOT cheap. Better option is to go to Walmart or CVS or Sam's to print. Horrible quality and worse tech support. Oh, and if you're wondering, I tried using a new cartridge and cleaning the contacts, etc...this cheap thing just QUIT on me, for no good reason.
Absolutely great little printer!
by klh54 on January 29, 2010
Pros: The photo quality is outstanding. It is convenient and easy to use without a computer. The included software allows you to edit your photos directly from your memory card. You can even add text! The touch screen is a nice feature too.
Cons: At this point the only con would be the cost of the ink cartridge.
Summary: I was looking for a printer that would give me great quality photos and this printer delivers that times 100. The auto photo fix feature is amazing and the software ...
Summary: I was looking for a printer that would give me great quality photos and this printer delivers that times 100. The auto photo fix feature is amazing and the software allows me to add text, different edges, colors, clip art, etc. to my photos. I love how small and portable it is-it has a built in carrying handle. The touch screen works like a charm and what is truly outstanding is that you can do all your photo editing within the printer by just plugging in your memory card. It prints in all the sizes I need, including 4x6, 4x8, 4x12 and 5x7. There really isn't a bad thing to say about this printer.
- Manufacturer: HP
- Part number: Q8637A#ABA
- Description: 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.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Printer Type Compact photo printer - Ink-jet - Ink-jet - Color - Color
- Form Factor Desktop
- Inkjet Technology HP Thermal Inkjet
- Print Speed Color draft
- Built-in Devices Touch screen,
- Preview Screen Size 3.5"
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Interface USB USB
- Max Resolution ( B&W ) 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi 1200 dpi
- Max Resolution ( Color ) 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi 4800 x 1200 dpi
- Direct Printing Specifications PictBridge
- Language Simulation PCL 3
- Printer Features Borderless printing,
Red eye reduction
- Processor 233 MHz
- RAM Installed ( Max ) 64 MB
- Type Card reader
- Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card,
Memory Stick PRO,
CompactFlash Card type II,
CompactFlash Card type I,
- Media Type Photo paper ,
- Media Size Class Other
- Max Media Size 101.6 x 152.4 mm
- Media Sizes 4 in x 6 in,
4 in x 8 in,
Panoramic 4 in x 12 in,
5 in x 7 in
- Total Media Capacity 20 sheets
- Media Feeder(s) 1 x Autoload - 20
- Max Media Capacity 20 sheets
- Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty 1
- Modem None
- Type None
- Copier Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1 x Memory
- Interfaces USB
- Connections USB - USB,
1 x Pictbridge USB 2.0 - 4 pin USB Type B,
1 x Direct print port - 4 pin USB Type A
- Microsoft Certifications Works with Windows Vista
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
- Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
- Power Consumption Operational 25 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 14 Watt
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.4,
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition,
Microsoft Windows XP Professional,
Apple MacOS X 10.5,
Microsoft Windows Vista
- Min Processor Type Intel Pentium II (Microsoft Windows XP Professional,
Microsoft Windows XP Home),
Intel Celeron (Microsoft Windows XP Professional,
Microsoft Windows XP Home),
233 MHz (Microsoft Windows XP Professional,
Microsoft Windows XP Home),
800 MHz (Microsoft Windows Vista),
PowerPC G3 (Apple Mac),
PowerPC G4 (Apple Mac),
PowerPC G5 (Apple Mac)
- Peripheral / Interface Devices USB port
- ENERGY STAR Yes
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year
- Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 9.9 in
- Depth 4.6 in
- Height 5.3 in
- Weight 3.4 lbs