HP Photosmart D7360 review
Low running costs, superb photo quality and a large touchscreen make this the A4 inkjet to buy
Review Date: 10 Nov 2006
Reviewed By: Dave Stevenson
Price when reviewed: (£149 inc VAT)
When it comes to photos, HP can claim to have nailed print quality. Prints from the D7360 are easily as good as anything you might get from a high-street or online photo developer: barely visible grain is the only sign that the prints have come from a living room rather than a dedicated lab.
The central print engine of the D7360 has been plucked wholesale from the Photosmart 8250. The chassis has undergone a slight redesign and colour change, and there's a new 3.4in touchscreen on the front. While we'd always recommend editing photos on a PC for best results, popping in a memory card and navigating your way through the menus by prodding at the screen is a fun and intuitive way of quickly printing snaps.
The D7360 is built around the efficient Vivera ink system, and for £16 (£19 inc VAT) you can buy six cartridges and 150 6 x 4in sheets of photo paper. Assuming you print nothing but 6 x 4in prints, you'll see a respectable cost per photo of 10.7p. Mono pages with 5% ink coverage will cost just 1.7p courtesy of the high-yield mono cartridge, which runs for 800 pages.
The D7360 has some useful features for the occasional photo-printing user. Instead of having to pull out your regular A4 paper every time you want to print a photo job, there's a spare paper tray designed to specifically hold 6 x 4in sheets. Send an appropriate print job to the printer and it will automatically select the second tray, meaning you'll never again knock over a stack of previously pristine paper while you print a few holiday snaps.
The Photosmart isn't quite so well suited to printing plain text. Our mono 50-page document took 11mins 30secs to print - a sluggish 5ppm. Lowering quality to draft reduced the time to three-and-a-half minutes, or 14ppm. Print quality took an inevitable hit, but at normal settings text is more than acceptable, albeit not quite up to the laser quality that HP claims.
But you shouldn't be buying the D7360 for text printing - that's best left to a personal laser such as Samsung's ML-2510. Instead, HP's latest Photosmart is aimed at digital camera enthusiasts. And if that's you, the D7360 is the machine to go for: commendably fast, cheap to run and capable of producing near-flawless photos.
Author: Dave Stevenson
- Will Android Wear work with iOS?
- Amazon loses $170 million on Fire phone
- Photos: Information Age revealed at the Science Museum
- Surface makes $1bn for Microsoft in three months
- Facebook Rooms to give anonymity to iPhone users
- Google buys Oxford University AI startups
- Microsoft Kinect SDK 2 brings apps to Windows Store
- Raspberry Pi unveils DIY tablet kit
- Windows 10: two-factor authentication coming to every device
- What is Google Inbox?
- Google Glass: mugger bait, pub problem and other lessons learned from two dangerous weeks
- Twitter, please don't fiddle with my feed
- How Satya Nadella can get some pay-raise karma
- Windows 10: a step back to go forward
- Michael Dell: Cloud infrastructure is the roads, bridges and highways of the 21st century
- How to check your identity hasn’t been sold to the hackers
- Tim Cook: this is how much TV has changed since the 70s
- Westminster wins the .London battle
- 20 years of PC Pro: from deep pan pizza to virtualisation
- Five reasons why the Apple Watch leaves me cold
- iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9: Apple and Google's latest high-end tablets compared
- Five things that are actually new in the iPad Air 2
- Bendgate, Antennagate, and why Apple doesn’t care about bad news
- iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 release date, specs and UK price rumours
- Office Online vs Google Docs: which free online office suite is best?
- iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 6 design comparison
- How to speed up an Android smartphone
- Nexus 6 release date, specs, UK price and leaked images
- iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus screen comparison
- Mac OS X Yosemite release date, price and new features
- How to sell more ebooks on Amazon
- 10 ways to make your business more secure
- Top five VoIP mistakes
- How to add in-app purchasing to an iPhone, Android or Windows app
- Remote-control ransomware: TeamViewer and software hardball
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office