HP Photosmart D7360 review
Essentially the same printer as the cheaper D7160, the stylish white HP Photosmart D7360 nevertheless raises the bar for ease of use by including a touch-sensitive LCD screen. Along with the PictBridge port and memory card slots for all formats, it has everything necessary for even technophobes to quickly turn their snaps into prints.
Those prints are of superb quality thanks to HP’s six-ink print engine with dye-based colours and a pigment-based black. It scored top marks for three of the four test prints, with only the garden scene lacking a slight amount of detail in dark areas. It made up for this defect with an absolutely perfect reproduction of the colours in the five-page ISO document, and the quality of mono text is also impressive, if not quite as deep and crisp as that produced by the iP5300.
In terms of print speed, the D7360 is behind all three Canons, but quicker than HP’s other rivals: a 6 x 4in photo takes 1min 43secs and an A4 print arrives in just less than 4 minutes. It’s one of the fastest on test at printing documents, with normal-quality mono text reeling out at 4.1ppm and draft at 15.8ppm. Draft text is a little blue for our liking, but you can’t argue with the speed. Finally, it took 1min 36secs to print the five-page colour ISO document, placing it among the fastest for colour pages.
Running costs are low – the same 29p per print as the HP’s D7160. Both Bluetooth and a duplex unit are optional extras, but as standard there’s a separate tray for 6 x 4in photo paper and a paper type sensor. We’re a little bemused by HP’s omission of a print progress window in its driver for all three printers, but it’s a minor issue.
The D7360 is a fantastic printer, and the touchscreen is a real bonus for those who prefer not to print via a PC, but for many people this won’t be worth the £29 premium over the almost identical D7160. And when the Canon Pixma iP5300 costs just £75 and includes a duplex unit and CD printing (albeit at the expense of the card slots and LCD) the D7360 narrowly misses an award.