HP Photosmart 375
Review Date: 10th March 2005
The HP Photosmart 375 has a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi when used with compatible HP paper. This can be changed to an optimized resolution of 4800x1200 dpi when using HP Premium Photo Paper. Prints from the HP Photosmart 375 "resist photo fading for longer than traditionally processed photos last", according to HP - they don't quote a specific number of years. This is based on HP light-fade testing under glass using the HP 95 tri-color inkjet print cartridge on HP Premium Plus photo papers. The HP Photosmart 375 uses the HP 95 tri-color inkjet print cartridge (7 ml) or the HP 97 tri-color inkjet print cartridge (14 ml) with HP's Vivera inks. If you want to print black and white photos, simply change the standard colour cartridge for the HP 100 Gray Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge (15 ml) (sold separately).
The HP Photosmart 375 allows you to print directly from your camera's memory card (CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, and xD-Picture Card formats are supported). There are four memory card slots on the front of the printer - only one can be used at a time. The memory card slots also act like a card reader when the printer is connected to a computer - you can insert your card and copy data from it onto your computer. Alternatively you can use a USB cable to connect a PictBridge-enabled camera directly to the printer. If you have used DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) on your camera to select which images you want to print, the HP Photosmart 375 will recognise this when you insert the memory card or connect the camera directly and automatically print the images. Using the optional HP Bluetooth Wireless Adapter, you can make prints from any Bluetooth compatible device, such as a PDA or cameraphone.
There is a tilting 2.5 inch colour LCD screen on the HP Photosmart 375 which allows you to view, edit and select images for printing. Surrounding the LCD screen on either side are a number of external controls that allow you to change the printer's settings. As mentioned above, there is a single USB 1.0 port on the front of the printer that allows you to connect it to a Pictbridge-enabled digital camera for direct printing. There is a USB port on the rear of the printer which allows the HP Photosmart 375 to connect to a computer. Also on the rear is the power cord connection. The HP Photosmart 375 weighs 2.59 lbs and its dimensions are 8.7" D x 4.6" W x 4.5" H.
The HP Photosmart 375 that I reviewed was supplied with the HP Bluetooth Wireless Adapter and User Guide, HP 95 tri-color inkjet print cartridge (7 ml), 5 sheets of HP Premium Photo Paper, 5 sheets of plain white card (used for printer calibration), User Guide and Quick Install Poster, a power supply and USB cable. It would be good if more photo paper and the black and white cartridge were included as standard.