Manufacturer specifications

Fast facts:

Print speed (colour photo, draft quality on photo paper, 10x15): As fast as 39 sec (with border, direct connect)
Print speed (colour photo, best quality on photo paper, 10x15): As fast as 76 sec (with border, direct connect)
Print quality (colour, best quality): Up to 4,800x1,200 optimised dpi when printing from a computer and 1,200 input dpi
Borderless printing: Yes (up to 100x300mm)
Memory card compatibility: CompactFlash Type I and II, Magic Gate, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card
Standard media sizes: 10x15cm, 10x30cm
Standard connectivity: USB - compatible with USB 2.0 specifications, PictBridge, memory card slots

Printing system:

Print technology: HP Thermal Inkjet
Print head nozzles: 600 colour ink nozzles
Print quality (colour, best quality): Up to 4,800x1,200 optimised dpi when printing from a computer and 1,200 input dpi
Print speed (colour photo, best quality on photo paper, 10x15): As fast as 76 sec (with border, direct connect)
Print speed (colour photo, draft quality on photo paper, 10x15): As fast as 39 sec (with border, direct connect)

Photo printing and smart features:

Borderless printing: Yes (up to 100x300mm)
Memory card compatibility: CompactFlash Type I and II, Magic Gate, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro®, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card
Standard paper trays: 1
Recommended media: HP Advanced Photo Paper: 10x15cm
Custom media sizes: 10x15cm, 10x30cm
Standard media sizes: 10x15cm, 10x30cm
Recommended media weight: HP photo papers up to 280 g/m²
Maximum input capacity (sheets): Up to 20
Maximum input capacity (cards): Up to 20
Standard output capacity (sheets): Up to 20
Duplex print options: None (not supported)
Standard memory: 32MB
Software included: HP Photosmart software

Other technical information:

Compatible operating systems: Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Certified for Windows Vista, Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X v10.4
Standard connectivity: USB - compatible with USB 2.0 specifications, PictBridge, memory card slots
Optional connectivity: HP bt450 Bluetooth Wireless Printer Adapter (Q6398A), HP bt500 Bluetooth USB 2.0 Adapter (Q6273A), HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit (Q6259A)
Minimum system requirements: 900MB hard disk space (Windows Vista), for all other systems: 350MB available hard disk space for software installation, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, Internet access recommended, SVGA 800 x 600 monitor with 16-bit colour (32-bit colour recommended), USB port and USB cable, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher; Windows Vista: 800MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor (1GHz processor, 1GB memory or higher recommended); Windows XP (Home, Professional): any Intel Pentium II, Celeron or compatible processor, 233MHz (Pentium III 300MHz or higher recommended); Windows XP Professional x64: any AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support, 256MB RAM (512MB or higher recommended), Internet Explorer
Standard printer languages: HP PCL 3 GUI
Acoustic power emissions: 5.1 B(A) (active, printing)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 227x116x137.4mm
Package dimensions (W x D x H): 250x150x207mm
Weight: 1.22kg
Package weight: 2.02kg
Power consumption: 23 watts maximum
Power supply type: External power supply module
Power requirements: Input voltage 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz)
Operating humidity range: 5 to 95% RH
Recommended operating temperature range: 15 to 35 ° C
Non-operating humidity: 5 to 95% RH
Recommended humidity operating range: 20 to 80% RH
Electromagnetic compatibility: CISPR 22:1997+A1:2000+A2:2002 / EN 55022:1998 +A1:2000+A2:2003 CISPR 24:1997+A1:2001+A2:2002 / EN 55024:1998 +A1:2001+A2:2003 IEC 61000-3-2:2000+A1:2001+A2:2004 / EN 61000-3-2:2000+A2:2005 IEC 61000-3-3:1994+A1:2001 / EN 61000-3-3:1995+A1:2001 FCC Title 47 CFR Part 15 / ICES-003, Issue 4, CNS13438 1997, VCCI-2, GB9254:1998, GB17625.1:2003
Safety: IEC 60950-1:2001 / EN60950-1:2001, IEC 60825-1 Ed. 1.2:2001 / EN60825-1 + A1:2002 + A2:2001 (LED) AS/NZS 60950.1:2003 NOM 019-SCFI-1993, CNS14336:2004, GB4943:2001
Energy Star certified: No
What's in the box: HP Photosmart A526 Compact Photo Printer, HP 110 Tri-colour Inkjet Print Cartridge (introductory cartridge), 10 x 15 cm photo media sampler, HP Photosmart Essential Software, setup guide, user’s guide, power supply
Warranty: Standard one-year limited hardware warranty. Warranty and support options vary by product, country and local legal requirements.

OUR VERDICT

The HP Photosmart A526's minimal-options approach to printing photos will be a relief for some, a frustration for others. But it's the slow printing that dampens its value somewhat, even if the photos are worth the wait.