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HP PhotoSmart 245 Compact Photo Printer

by HP
3.4 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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  • Prints directly from your digital camera's memory card
  • Up to 4,800 optimized dpi printing for vivid color and crisp detail
  • Prints 4-by-6-inch photo in about 90 seconds
  • 1.8-inch LCD for previewing and editing
  • USB interface, 4 memory card slots; PC and Mac compatible
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Product Description

Product Description

Perfect for portable printing, this compact, 3-lb. HP PhotoSmart 245 color inkjet printer features a 1.8 LCD so you can preview and edit images before printing. It prints quick, borderless 4x6 photos with up to 4800-dpi resolution for vivid color and crisp detail. For direct photo printing, simply insert the memory card from your digital camera into one of the 4 built-in card slots and start printing. Or, connect your computer or camera directly to the printer using the integrated USB port and a USB cable (sold separately). Includes HP 57 tri-color inkjet cartridge and CD-ROM with photo and imaging software. Memory card slots support CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card and xD-Picture Card media, all sold separately. Compatible with any version Windows operating system and Mac OS 9.1 or later, including OS X. Requires USB connectivity. 4-1/2Hx9Wx5D.


HP's remarkably compact and lightweight PhotoSmart 245 photo printer delivers crisp, high 4,800 dpi resolution images, right from the palm of your hand. Producing 4-by-6-inch borderless prints in approximately 90 seconds, the PhotoSmart 245 is able to print directly from your digital camera's memory card, so you can print at any time, anywhere. A built-in 1.8-inch color LCD lets you preview images before you print, and convenient control buttons aid navigation.

Weighing in at just 2.9 pounds, the HP PhotoSmart 245 photo printer is perfect for taking on the road, but also offers a USB port for connecting to your home computer. It comes complete with a handy bundle of photo and imaging software (PC and Mac), that will help you edit your pictures, and even create custom photo slide presentations that you can save to CD, and send to friends and family. The HP PhotoSmart comes backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
HP PhotoSmart 245 compact printer, HP 57 tri-color cartridge, power supply, manual, setup poster, CD-ROM with photo and imaging software (PC and Mac), HP media sample pack.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 13 x 8 x 8 inches
Item Weight 4.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number Q3046A#ABA
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #131,740 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#123 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Printers & Scanners > Portable Photo Printers
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com August 10, 2003

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I LOVE this printer! Within 2 minutes of opening the box, I was printing beautiful photos from my Sony Memory Stick. I have had a digital camera for over a year and have sent many photos via E-mail to family and friends, but it would always take me "forever" to go get prints made. I absolutely loved being able to hand my neighbor friend pictures of our kids together in their trick-or-treat outfits instantly. It has been a true joy to print out hundreds of photos practically non-stop. SO,WHY IS THIS A MUST HAVE? It is extremely easy to use and comes with a "no brainer" setup guide. What you see on the LCD screen is EXACTLY how the photo will look when you print it. You can enhance the photo (ie: brightness control etc.) right from the printer. All you do is plug it into the wall, and start printing. You don't ever have to connect it to a computer, though you can easily if you want to. It can be used with several memory cards including: CompactFlash Type I and II; Sony Memory Sticks; Lexar Media Sticks; Secure Digital; MultiMedia Card; and xD-Picture Cards. (Wanted to mention this as I was told at a local electronics store that I would need to buy Sony's Photo Printer because the Sony Media Stick wouldn't work with any others). I especially love being able to tell it to print 5 copies of a single photo and go off to do something else and return to find gorgeous photos ready for myself, Grandma and Grandpa, Nana, and Aunts and Uncles to boot...all from the comfort of my own home where it is much easier to entertain my kids than it is at a stores printing center. Give it a try, I am certain you will be impressed!! Sorry I can't comment on the software that came with it as I haven't even opened it yet...no need to my photos are AWESOME already!! THANKS HP!!
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........ I chose the HP 245 as it was compact and doesn't take up much space, light weight, quality pictures(demo at store), picture screen to edit your pictures, and portability. It took me less than 3 minutes to set-up. So far i have printed 50 pictures and they look good. I would recommend that you set your digicam to the highest pixel setting as sometimes the print may look a bit blurred if you have it at mid range(i used a casio EZ-3 digital camera)and you use the zoom function). If you compute the cost of the materials per print it comes out about $0.63 per print ($24/60 photo 4x6 sheets and 150 prints/cartridge). It seems more costly than having it developed in the store, but the convenience of printing whenever and wherever you want is a plus, as well as being able to see what you want to print on the small screen(about 1.5 to 2 in screen) and trim the picture/zoom/add effects and borders/and dictate the number of copies. It takes about 80-90 seconds to print per picture, but you'll be amazed how such a small device can print clear pictures, i forgot i was able to increase brightness and contrast on some of my darker picture shots with the printer features. I have enjoyed printing with this item, and i used my SD card with ease to transfer data(it comes with about 4 multi-media slots). If your sole focus is to print photos only then this is a good item. You can also hook it up to your computer, but the features the printer has in it really does not warrant you to hook it up to your computer, by the time you have gone through the menus of yopur computer you probably could have printed 2-3 photos. ..... I only gave it 4 stars due to the limitation on the print size, as you are limited to sizes close to the 4x6 range. I would recommend if you are not as photo/computer literate as the other fellow, and if you only want photo printing as your printer function- otherwise buy the other photo printers... i think it is the most compact photo printer out there right now...
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This printer is so easy to use. Without reading the instructions I was printing pictures almost immediately after opening the box. The easiest part about it is that you don't have to hook it up to the computer, and you can still crop and adust the darkness of the picture. In less than a minute you will have a clear true color 4x6 print. This printer can only print 4x6 prints, but how often do you need enlargements? For less than $200 this printer will not disappoint you. The only draw back is that the 1.8" LCD display could be a little more clear. The text is very clear, but the image of your picture isn't as clear as it could be.
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By A Customer on December 29, 2003
This is a GREAT little printer and totally worth the $$$ - YOU WILL LOVE IT TOO! I opened the box and within 5 min had a picture in my hand that was as clear and as good a quality as any online photo shop. It is fast, cheap and EASY and the best part - it's INSTANT. I have already printed out over 100 4x6 photos and the ink cart. is still going strong! A huge plus is not having to turn on your computer and log on everytime you want to print out a picture. I have two small children and I take dozens of pictures of them a week. Its nice to now be able to pick just the right shots and print them INSTANTLY. You literally take the picture, put your memory card into the printer, edit the picture if you want and then print. The WHOLE PROCESS takes less than 2 min. - I am not kidding!!
It is so intuitive, you don't even need to read the instruction manual. Trust me, I didn't believe that I would be impressed, but I was. If you love pictures, this is totally for you!!
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