For fine-art display prints or sharable snapshots, dedicated photo printers deliver stunning color, improved longevity and fast print speeds
HP has three Original HP Photo inksets. Original HP Photo-Versatile inks are dye-based with a life of up to 100 years. Original HP Professional inks are pigment inks with expected lives of over 200 years. Original HP Office inks are dye-based inks oriented toward standard printing and quick drying, although you still can expect life of over 20 to 30 years.
The HP Designjet 111 prints up to 24 inches wide with a 4-color dye (color) and pigment (black) inkset. Create large, poster-sized prints economically. Printer size is 41x19.5x8.7 inches. Estimated Street Price: $860.
The HP Photosmart B8550 prints up to 13x19 inches with 4-color Original HP dye-based inks and a pigment black ink for text printing. It includes a 2.4-inch LCD and direct memory card-to-print capabilities. Printer size is 22.8x15.3x7.1 inches. Estimated Street Price: $260.
For snapshots, the HP Photosmart A646 is a compact photo printer that prints up to 5x7 inches. Insert a memory card directly into the printer and print without a computer; you can display slideshows on its 3.45-inch LCD, too. Printer size is 9.9x4.6x5.3 inches. Estimated Street Price: $119.
Canson papers run the gamut from those with a distinct, textured surface and a handmade look to smooth, glossy surfaces that give images more pop. Canson Infinity consists of papers and canvasses designed for photography and photo printers. They provide a wide color gamut, deep blacks and excellent tonal range, as well as compatibility with dye or pigment inks, instant drying, resistance to water and museum-level archival characteristics. Textures range from rough to smooth.
A division of Legion Paper, Moab offers a unique assortment of high-quality papers. Colorado Fiber, for example, delivers a look and feel similar to air-dried silver-halide paper, but is fully compatible with both archival pigment inks and dye-based inks. Moenkopi Washi is made from natural mulberry and hemp fibers using traditional Japanese Washi techniques and then coated to accept inkjet inks. Somerset Museum Rag is a heavyweight paper with a smooth surface that produces deep blacks and rich colors.
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