Color Photo Printer - HP

I have yet to invest in a high definition color printer, but this unit from Hewlett Packard comes with some hefty recommendations from 5 of my Mac clients. No other special format printer is so widely endorsed by my client base as this one is so that's almost good enough for me. What puts me in the camp is seeing the output of these machines first hand.

As I said, five of my clients own these machines. Two are graphic designers, one is and artist, one a photographer, and one is a mom that prints a lot of pictures for her scrap-booking activities.

This is a pretty diverse group and without a doubt, ALL of them love what this printer can do for them... I"ll have to agree, the output is most definitely Lab-Quality.

image HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer
Nice features include built-in color display for easy menu navigation; all the popular flash card memory formats can be plugged in the front of the printer so you can print directly from them without having to use your Mac. Furthermore, you can print a photograph up to 13x19 inches and/or use the included special paper tray that holds 4 of the most popular photo sized papers. The normal output resolution is 1200x1200 dpi, with optimized output of 9600x2400 dpi.

What's the down side? Everyone agrees that the ink cartridges are a bit pricey but when I ask them if they would buy this same printer again? All said with a resounding voice - YES!

I guess I can't go wrong then recommending this printer for those looking for a high end lab-quality photo printer capable of printing large format photo prints. Who knows, maybe someday I'll get one too.

HP Photosmart Inkjet Photo Printer

Laser Printer - Hewlett Packard

My favorite type of printer is a laser. The print quality is fantastic and speed if remarkable. One other thing I really like about laser printers is that they are gentle on consumables.

I used to have an ink jet type printer and I was constantly having to clean the print heads and each time I did, I was wasting ink. That doesn't happen with a laser printer.

As many electronic gizmos of late, laser printer prices have fallen to historic lows. It's quite common to find a great laser printer for under $100.

image HP LaserJet P1006 Printer
Such is the case with this unit from Hewlett Packard. I've always liked HP printers because they perform flawlessly. This small printer is big on features and performance and yet very gentle on the pocketbook.

If you are looking for a simple printer that does its job, doesn't complain, and has a small appetite for consumables, I would encourage you to give this printer your consideration.

Small footprint, 1200dpi output, 17 pages per minute print speed, less than $100 price tag. Pretty amazing I would say!

HP LaserJet P1006 Printer

Note for those folks on Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x): It took HP a couple of weeks to release updated drivers for Snow Leopard but they finally have. You can find them here. If you've already updated your operation system to 10.6.1, you should be ok.