HP Photosmart D7260 review

  • £120

HP's D7260 is an aggressively priced printer with some extra features

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Our Verdict

Excellent for direct printing from memory cards but print speed is a little pedestrian and colour rendition isn't quite up to Canon and Epson standards

For

  • Full of features
  • Top notch value for money

Against

  • Some quality limitations

Halfway between a bare-bones printer and a multifunction device, the D7260 includes multi-format card readers and a 3.5-inch colour LCD touch-screen for direct photo printing, but it lacks a built-in scanner.

Considering its wide-ranging features, the printer is aggressively priced and running costs are also very reasonable, based on a line-up of pigment black ink and dye-based cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta inks. Unlike many of HP's old-school models, the cartridges are all individually replaceable, like all the other printers on test.

As with the Epson PX800FW, A4 plain paper has to make way for facedown photo paper in the bottom tray, but at least there's a secondary specialist tray for 6x4-inch photo paper.

Another letdown is that, true to form for HP, you can only access the top quality, maximum resolution-printing mode when printing from an attached computer, and not when printing from PictBridge or a memory card.

Print quality is very good on the whole, demonstrating a major step forward for HP compared with some of its older photo printers.

Our only slight reservations are that darker skin tones can sometimes look a little bit muddy, and the deepest blacks of mono photo prints have a slightly blue-black tinge.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
EthernetYes
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)34
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)33
Product FamilyPhotosmart
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA4, Custom Size, 215 mm x 610 mm, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Custom Size - 76 mm x 102 mm, Custom Size - 216 mm x 610 mm
Duty Cycle3000 pages per month
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Height463 mm
Width387 mm
Depth173 mm
Media TypeEnvelope, Transparency, Label, Plain Paper, Photo Paper, Photo Card, Inkjet Paper, Index Card, Greeting Card, Iron-on Transfer
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelD7260
Product NamePhotoSmart D7260 Printer
Product LinePhotosmart
Manufacturer Part NumberCC975B#BEV
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Use the 3.5-inch touchscreen for the fastest and easiest way to print photos at home. Stay efficient with laser-quality documents, blazing print speeds, HP Smart Web Printing, an automated paper tray and built-in Ethernet.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)8 kg