HP Photosmart D7460 Photo Printer Review
The HP Photosmart D7460 Photo Printer does a reasonable job of producing photo prints for a budget printer.
Design and Interface
Controls and Buttons (7.5)
The HP Photosmart D7460 has only four buttons: one red-eye removal button, a power button, a print photos button and a cancel print button, making the printer's on-unit navigation truly dependent on its touchscreen. The touchscreen proved to be not only easy to navigate, but bright and colorful. The touchscreen was good at not running away with the slightest touch, but being more on the less sensitive side. Although for the most part, an accurate, slightly firm touch selected the option, there were a few times where a more firm touch was needed.
The menu navigation was pretty simple and even though there was a clear-cut directory and order to the menu, it tended to be a little confusing to navigate. Although the graphics were fun, they could also be somewhat distracting.
In the middle of the home screen, there is a default flower picture next to a box named 'View' where you can view photos from your CF card or other multi-media card. At the bottom there are four similar buttons aligned in a row: Print, Create, Share and Save. These options lead you to the above graphed directions.
Printing from the touchscreen requires a media card to be inserted into the printer. PC prints must be executed from a PC. Through the Create option, you can create several different types of photographs in accordance to size and design. The Share option requires software and wired or wireless connection but essentially allows you to share your photos with others. The Setup Menu is the most distinct part of this printer menu in that it houses options like Printable School papers. This option lets you print college and wide ruled lined paper and child notebook paper, as well as graph paper. It also lets you print music paper. The Setup Menu also offers help and tools for the printer, as well as networking setup, so you can use the wireless function. The printer picks up on nearby wireless accounts very easily; its just as connective as your PC.
Size and Portability (3.57)
Although HP gives this printer the option of purchasing a carrying case, it isn't the lightest or smallest most convenient printer to lug around. With dimensions of 18.2 inches in width x 19.7 inches in depth x 9.3 inches in height and weighing in at 17.6 lbs, it's a heavy, bulky accessory to carry around, although it is portable enough to move from one place to another occasionally. The printer also has two indents on both the right and left bottom sides of the printer so you can clasp your hands and carry the printer.
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