As a regular home printer, the Photosmart Plus eAll-in-One is a joy to use with its Wi-Fi compatibility and groovy colour touchscreen LCD. Standalone printing, photocopying, and scanning directly to a memory card are all particularly painless. But it's the range of smart web-based tools that's the main attraction.

We liked

Quick and easy set-up unleashes some serious printing power with web-enabled access. The printer can print pretty much anything that you send to it as an email attachment, from documents to PowerPoint presentations and photos.

There's a neat range of apps you can download as well, and you can even upload photos direct from memory cards to HP's Snapfish online photo sharing and printing site.

Running costs are fairly inexpensive, so long as you buy the high yield '364 XL' range of cartridges, and print quality is very good for documents. All the standalone facilities are brought together by a stylish touchscreen interface that adds class.

We disliked

The provision of a single memory card slot for SD/MMC and Memory Stick Duo won't be much use if your camera uses CompactFlash cards, and the secondary paper input tray for photo media can only accept sizes up to 7 x 5-inches, rather than full A4.

Photo quality itself is acceptable rather than impressive, with a slight lack of vibrancy and contrast, which is typical of four-ink printers.

Verdict

Extending the range and usefulness of regular Wi-Fi printing, the Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One enables you to print almost anything from practically anywhere, simply by emailing the printer with your choice of attachments.

For anybody who's ever wanted a simple way of printing stuff out without actually being there, it's a great choice.

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