HP Photosmart D7460 Photo Printer Review
The HP Photosmart D7460 Photo Printer does a reasonable job of producing photo prints for a budget printer.
The warm up time for the HP D7460 was a bit long; it took between 8-10 seconds and over a minute, with no discernable pattern as to how long it might take.
Power Usage (6.62)
The HP D7460 sucked up a bit more juice than most printers while printing and cleaning; of the printers we've tested, only the Sony Picturestation took more juice. Using 21 Kilowatt-hours in cleaning mode, the D7460 scored well above the HP A440 and the Epson PictureMate Snap.
When it came to being in the ready mode, the HP D7460 was on par with the other printers in its class, using only a steady 4 kilawatt-hours. However, it was very disappointing to see while all of the other printers, including the power guzzling Sony PictureStation all took in zero watts while off, the HP D7460 still required two watts of power.
Document Speed/Timing (5.44)
The HP D7460 was mediocre in its document printing speed. After recognizing the print request, it would at times, take an abnormal amount of time to print. The screen would display its "Printing" message but the printing wouldn't start until some moments of delay, at times over a minute. Although it didn't do this all the time, it did do it enough times to note. Printing text and graphics for the D7460 was on pretty much on par. It didn't print exceptionally fast or slow and printed good quality prints.
It did have one problem. The ink didn't stick to the page very well, even dried ink that had been sitting for days could very easily be smeared with the slightest touch of liquid, even a slightly moist hand, making the quality of the original not long-lasting at all; make sure to let the prints dry and keep them away from sweaty hands.
HP claims using their Smart Web Technology allows you to print websites without worrying about getting the edges cut off, but this feature only worked with Internet Explorer 6.0 and not at all in Firefox.
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