"Excellent photo printer, needs some setup"4.5 starson by garyberger
Pros: Great photo quality prints
Cons: Can be a little slow at highest resolution, installation was difficult, needed one-time calibration (using supplied utility)
Summary: Another reviewer stated that anyone who likes this printer must work for HP. Well, I don't work for them, just for the record. I have been an amateur photographer for over 25 years and my father was a professional, so I think I know a little about color balance and sharpness. I've shot fine-grain print film with high-end lenses for most of those 25 years.
I had two issues with this printer in the beginning:
1. The software would not install. It took HP tech support about an hour to resolve.
2. The prints had an orange cast. HP support showed me how to calibrate the color using a utility that's somewhat buried in the software. That completely solved the problem.
Once these two issues were resolved, the printer started producing stunning prints of my digital photos (and my scanned negatives and slides). People have reported all kinds of printing problems here; I have had none of those issues. I've examined my prints closely, looking for the graininess that everyone complains about and can't find it. I bought this printer when it first came out, so it can't be that I have one with all the problems corrected. It makes me wonder if people are using it properly. Are they selecting the proper settings for photos before starting to print?
Granted, the installation problem shouldn't have happened, and other printers may not need calibration out of the box, but when it comes to print quality this printer is getting a bad rap. If you own this printer and don't like the color balance, you just need to take the time to calibrate it. It's not a long process.
Given the current selling price of this printer ($130-140), I don't think you can go wrong. With a built-in card reader, a nice size lcd screen and the ability to print directly from cards, it's a good deal for the money.