HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web Review

For weeks now I have been hearing the hype surrounding the new HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web. The t.v. commercials sing the All-in-One Printers’ praises from its ability to print directly from the web to the fact that you can replace each ink cartridge individually to save money. It appears you cannot go wrong with the Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web. But how does it really stack up in a mother’s world?
We were very fortunate to receive an HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web All-in-One Printer to review (whew, that is a mouthful!). Before it even arrived I was on the internet searching all of its features and functions. Armed with only a slight insight as to what this machine could do, we opened the box and hoped for the best.

On the inside I was pleasantly surprised to find the unit wrapped in a reusable tote bag and the cords neatly packaged in a reusable accessory case. This not only cut down on packaging waste but it also made getting the all-in-one printer out of the box a lot easier. After the tape and protective coverings were removed, we were ready for setup.
The 4.33″ touchscreen instructed us on how to proceed and then we waited on the printer to finish its initialization. Connecting to a network proved to be a bit difficult but after several attempts we were up and running. Basically the next 10 to 15 minutes were spent playing around with the different apps included with the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web. We found printable coloring sheets from Disney, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks as well as coupons and recipes at our fingertips (literally). These are all wonderful features for me, especially the coloring sheets and crafts. I also love that I can print coupons from Coupons.com directly from the printer.

As an avid lover of pictures, I was anxious to see how the Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web compared to some of the other all-in-one printers. The memory card slot is conveniently located beside the touchscreen and once inserted your photos are uploaded fairly quick. The touchscreen allows you to browse through all of your photos selecting the one’s that you would like to print as you go. If you choose to edit them you are given a variety of options (for example: adjusting the brightness or cropping) before printing. This is where I encountered my first problem. The cropping feature is very hard to use. I either ended up cutting off a portion of the picture or getting the box so small that I had to start all over. This may be a feature that is best used on a computer with a mouse, for me anyway.
After the picture was selected and the paper type and size was changed, I was ready to print. The printer seemed to go through a variety of “motions” and finally started to print the photo. Within seconds I was holding a beautiful, professional grade 8 x 11.5″ photo of my little snow princess. I was immediately impressed. After selecting a few more photos I decide to focus on the more popular 4 x 6″ size and started printing those. The quality was great but after a closer inspection I noticed a couple of the photos had white flecks in them. They were hardly noticeable but were still there. I am guessing that as the photos went through the printer they got scuffed up a bit, but that is only speculation.

I could go on and on about the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web but you would probably be reading paragraphs for hours. So I thought it might be easier for you (and me) if I listed out my favorite features and somethings that could be improved upon.

(2 separate paper trays)

Raves:

  • Automatic Red-Eye Removal (A must since I am always in a hurry.)
  • Customize the 4.33″ touchscreen with your favorite apps
  • Sleek, Modern Design
  • Auto Duplexer (for double-sided printing)
  • Direct Printing from Bluetooth, iPhone, iPod touch, etc.
  • 2 Separate Paper Trays (4 x 6 holds up to 20 sheets, 100 sheets standard letter-size paper)
  • Sliding dust cover over memory card slots
  • Google Maps, Coupons, Recipes, etc. at your fingertips
  • Reusable Tote & Accessory Bag
  • Clear Scanning with the option of in color or black & white
  • Low cost print cartridges (around $10 for a standard refill)
  • Energy Star qualified

Rants:

  • Crop function is hard to work
  • Powering on takes a minute or two
  • The printer goes through a variety of “motions” and even shakes at times
  • The Touchscreen can be overly “touchy” and can even lag sometimes
  • You are not able to open the clear tray lid all of the way and it makes refilling the paper harder
  • Lacks auto document feeder
  • Limited amount of apps available at this time
  • High Price (around $399.99)

This Mom’s Opinion:
If you can stomach the steep price tag (which there are some great deals going on right now) then this all-in-one printer is a great buy. The professional grade print quality will save you time and the hassle of having to trek off to the store. The printables feature is great for afternoon crafts with Princess P and the Fandango app is super if you have a theater that accepts printed tickets. I love the touchscreen but find myself getting aggravated each time I mistakenly click on a photo to print. And don’t even get me started on trying to keep little fingers off of the screen.
With its stylish design, the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web looks great sitting atop my desk and fits perfectly too. And the touchscreen adds a futuristic touch that just can’t be ignored. I would recommend this printer to fellow moms as well as anyone looking to print high quality photos or have limited web access from your printer. Overall, I would give the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web 4 stars out of 5 just because of the minor flaws I am sure can be perfected with time.

I did want to let you know that right now you can save $60 on the Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web with an instant rebate and receive free shipping at the HP Official Store. Also, you can save $50 if you trade in your old printer.

A big thank you to HP for this review opportunity.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. HP provided the Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web and I provided my honest opinion. No other type compensation was received for this review.

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