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HP Photosmart 7960 Printer
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- Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi; HP PhotoREt Pro, 8-ink color
- Up to 21 ppm black, 16 ppm color in fast draft mode
- Directly accepts CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, Multi Media, Memory Stick, xD-Picture
- Large LCD to preview, edit, even remove red-eye
- 2 USB ports, PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty
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HP Photosmart 7960 Printer
You'll get full-color, professional-quality print results with the HP PhotoSmart 7960 Photo Printer. Delivering everyday print output at up to 21 ppm or 4-by-6-inch photos in just over 90 seconds, the 7960 can handle a variety of tasks.
The HP PhotoSmart 7960 features HP's exclusive photo resolution enhancement technology: HP PhotoREt Pro utilizes eight-ink printing, ultra small ink drops, true neutral grays, and photo blacks to print everything from professional color images to impressive black-and-white prints with accurate shadow detail. The eight colors come from the No. 59 gray photo cartridge with two shades of gray ink and a special photo black; from the No. 57 tri-color cartridge with cyan, magenta, and yellow; and from the No. 58 photo cartridge with photo cyan and photo magenta (the black in the No. 58 is not used for eight-color printing).
Designed for PC and Mac users alike, the 7960 also offers two USB ports and four memory card slots, so you can print images directly from your digital camera. And, the built-in 2.5-inch LCD lets you preview, edit, and even remove red-eye from images before you print. The printer offers versatile paper handling through it's standard 100-sheet paper tray and built-in 20-sheet 4-by-6-inch photo tray. It also supports an optional duplexing accessory. The 7960 is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty.
What's in the Box
HP PhotoSmart 7960 photo printer, HP 56 black inkjet print cartridge (19ml) C6656AN, HP 57 tri-color inkjet print cartridge (17ml) C6657AN, HP 58 photo inkjet print cartridge (17ml) C6658AN, HP 59 gray inkjet print cartridge (17ml) C9359AN, power supply, Basics guide and setup poster, CD-ROM with HP Photo & Imaging software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, HP Memories Disc Creator software, HP media sampler; USB cable not included
Top Customer Reviews
This printer provided photo quality output for a home/office environment. I compared a printed photo with a digitally sourced print from a photo lab and yes there is a very slight difference. However, the difference is so slight as to remain unnoticed except under very close examination. When you consider the convenience and the full control over the process that you have at home, this printer wins the comparison hands down.
Other posts has mentioned the issue of track lines appearing on the photo. My photos did have these artifacts and they are visable to the eye on close examination. However from a distance of 12in or more the lines are invisable. The lines are also invisable if the print is placed behind the glass of a picture frame. From looking at the path of the paper and the transport mechanism, it appears that the lines are caused by a line of metal traking pins that press the paper against the transport rollers. I am told that over time the tracks are produced less frequently as the tracking pins become more compliant. I am surprised that HP allowed this defect to remain in the final design.
As an aside, on a recent trip to NYC, I noticed several street vendors offering to take your digital photo silluetted against the lights of Times Square. Every vendor I noticed used either this printer or the 7760 to print the photo output. Not a Cannon or a Lexmark among them.
One of the reasons I purchased this printer was due to it's capability to produce stunning B&W prints. I have yet to investigate this feature, but I am looking forward to it.
Like everything else electronic, as the product ages the price drops. Yesterday's premium offering is today's loss leader. This printer is no different. At current prices, this printer is a BARGIN !
This is what drove me to the HP 7960. Although it is a discontinued model that was originally introduced in late 2003, it still has amazingly good print quality. It uses the same cartridges as my old 5550 but the quality is significantly better. It's helped partially by the addition of a grey photo cartridge to create millions of additional colors. In addition to its great print quality, the speed is pretty darn good. It is slightly faster than my old 5500 but at over 20ppm on draft mode, it doesn't really matter any more for me, since I don't print large amounts at a single time.
One problem I have had with this printer is that on some text prints, text continues to smudge, despite head cleanings and many test prints. It is bearable, since it is only a small smudge on the left edge but I'm sure its nothing to worry about.
Also, this product is not offered by Amazon but but ant_online. They do have good service and I got my printer only 4 business days after I ordered it. Just be warned that you will be charged a $30 shipping fee for it.
Overall, this is a great printer, despite its age. Sometimes, staying with the old is better than jumping for the new.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
print color. B/W printed fine.Read more