HP PSC 2355 review

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Although it looks similar to the 2610, the PSC 2355 is more of a distant relative than a sibling. Built around different print and scanning engines, it’s the best sub-£120 printer to feature both card readers and a preview LCD.

HP PSC 2355 review

As we’d expect from an HP printer with a PhotoREt IV engine, print quality was excellent. Photos are superb, and the 348 photo cartridge is available to increase the number of colours to six. Grain was non-existent at normal viewing distances, and our colour ramps printed perfectly. The DTP print was outstanding – the best of the group. Images printed extraordinarily sharply, but we were disappointed by the print speed. The graphics-heavy document took almost six minutes to print, which is longer than anything else on test.

Also, HP’s high-capacity cartridges aren’t compatible, so you can’t achieve the same cost per page as the 2610. This means 6 x 4in photos cost 36.8p per print, more expensive than everything else in the Labs bar the two Lexmarks.

Mono quality was also excellent, much better than the price would suggest. Our 25-page 5 per cent document printed in six minutes, 51 seconds, or 3.6ppm, at Normal quality. Again, this was the slowest on test, but at 3p per page it isn’t going to break the bank.

Don’t consider the 2355 if you’re planning on lots of copying. It insisted on rescanning the source document between prints, adding considerably to the total print time. This meant that the 2355 was the slowest in both Normal and Draft copies at 1.6ppm and 3.3ppm respectively. Plus, it took 12 minutes, 32 seconds to print just three copies of a 6 x 4in photo in Best mode. We weren’t too enamoured with the quality either. The photos were fairly grainy and some noise appeared. Colours, however, were faithfully reproduced.

Basic scanning saw speeds increase, although the 2355 was still one of the slower units. A preview appeared in 14 seconds, while a 300ppi 12 x 10in print scanned in 38 seconds. Quality was above average across all our tests, with the 600ppi jewellery scan being the highlight. Colours were faithfully reproduced, while detail levels were more than acceptable. Taking one minute, 17 seconds to scan it was a long way behind the Epson RX620’s 32 seconds, though.

For those who want a photo printer first and a scanner/copier second, the 2355 is a good choice. However, if you don’t need the LCD, the Canon MP130 offers better all-round quality for considerably less money.

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