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HP Digital Photo Printers (Updated Dec. 2010)

Despite the economic downturn the holiday shopping season is approaching, and while some of us are wondering how its going to be this year, many of us acknowledge that we’re still going to need gifts for our families and closest friends.  I was able to find them online for about $80 each.

Photosmart A516

Photosmart A516

Last year I gave several my sister and my parents Hewlett Packard digital photo printers as gifts, specifically the HP Photosmart A516 (at right). The Photosmart printers are very small, compact, and lightweight. It measures roughtly 10 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and less than 6 inches deep.  That’s about the size of a small loaf of bread. It weighs less than 6 pounds. (A slightly heavy loaf of bread).

The Photosmart printers print on 4×6 inch and 5×7 inch photo paper, and can hold about 20 sheets at a time. Me, my family and friends agree that the picture and color quality is fantastic.

The other great thing about the Photosmart printers is that you don’t have to connect them to a computer to print your photos. They will accept most of the popular media memory cards (Memory Stick, Memory STick Duo, SD, xD, and MMC). Some printer models have an optional Bluetooth adapter so you can print wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled cellphone.  If your camera uses PictBridge technology you can plug your camera directly into the printer via a USB cable. Some models even allow printing from your iPod.

If I were to buy HP Photosmart printers this year, budget-minded as I am, these are the models and offers I would give serious consideration to:

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HP Photosmart A536

(New, TigerDirect.com, $70)The Photosmart A530 series prints on sheets up to 5×7 inches in size, and accepts MemoryStick, MS Duo, SD, xD, and MMC media cards. So it will work with most Sony and Olympus cameras quite well. It doesn’t accept CompactFlash cards.  The unit is light and small enough that you can consider it portable. I often take it with me when I go to parties at the homes of friends and relations. It accepts an HP 110 Tri Color printer cartridge. The print cartirdge sells for about $22. HP also packages the cartridge with 140 sheets of 4×6 paper for $42. Supported operating systems: Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; Certified for Windows Vista(TM), Windows 7; Mac OS X v 10.3.9 or higher.

HP Photosmart A616 Photo Printer (Remanufactured)

HP Photosmart A616 Photo Printer
$195 from Buy.com

Buy.com has the A616 selling for $195 with a one year warranty. In prints in as little as 39 seconds, accepts paper up to 5 x 7 inches. For media cards it accepts CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card. It also supports Mini SD with an adapter. It has a 20-sheet input tray and wireless capability with an optional HP bt450 Bluetooth Wireless Printer adapter. Weight: 3.46 lbs. Supported operating systems: Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; Certified for Windows Vista(TM), Windows 7; Mac OS X v 10.3.9 or higher. Compatible cartridges: HP 110 Tri-color Ink Cartridge.

Power Saving PC from Hewlett-Packard

Anyone who’s purchased a large home appliance such as an air conditioner or refrigerator has probably seen or looked for the EPA’s Energy Star logo. Personal computers are also rated by EPA Energy Star standards, and in July 2007 the EPA revised those standards, with the PC in mind, for the first time in 15 years.

The result: Energy Star 4.0, which indicates a computers positive effects on the environment due to reduced energy consumption.

If you’re a home owner or small business owner looking for a new computer, and you’re concerned about your energy bills, you might be interested in checking out Hewlett Packard’s Compaq dc7800 Ultra-Slim Desktop PC. The base unit has a Intel Pentium Dual-Core CPU, 1 GB RAM (memory), and a 80 GB hard drive (storage), with Ethernet, and the robust and stable Windows Vista Business edition operating system. The base model starts at $789, but Buy.com is offering it for around $690. Neither price includes a monitor, but you can use your existing monitor.  (If you’re looking for a flat-panel monitor, I’ll include some links at the end of this post.)

My minimum recommendation is the package priced around $870 which doubles the hard drive size to 160 GB, and the memory is increased to 2 GB. The lower priced package played CDs and DVDs, while this package adds the ability to burn DVDs. If your budget is tight, or you have no need to burn DVDs, go with the $690 package. You can always upgrade the parts further down the road if needed.

Dell’s Mini-Desktop: The Studio Hybrid

Dell's Studio Hybrid mini-desktop

Dell's Studio Hybrid mini-desktop

Reports are flying about a new mini-desktop to be launched by Dell as early as August 2008, or later this year. The PC in question: The Studio Hybrid (shown at right). (Update: The Hybrid was released on July 29, 2008)

PC World, among others, reports that the PC is 80% smaller than a mini-tower — comparable to the Mac mini or HP’s Slimline s3500 mini-desktops. Furthermore, the Studio Hybrid uses 70% less power. Engadget displays some fuzzy photos of a candy apple red Studio Hybrid, as opposed to the darker colored model shown here.


Mac mini ($449)

Various articles have mentioned a hidden page on the Dell web site with pictures of the Studio Hybrid, but no one provides a link to said page. I conducted a search for the mini at Dell’s site, and while it surfaced in the results, a single click brought me to “The page you have requested may no longer exist on Dell.com“. (Update: The Hybrid is now listed on Dell’s home page and other pages, too.)

More on the Minis

Well… size-wise they measure around 12 inches square or smaller, and 4 inches thick or thinner. The Mac mini, which has been available for 3 years as of this week is about 6.5 inches square and 2 inches thick/tall. Hewlett-Packard’s Slimline series is about 12 by 12 by 4 inches in size. It, too, has been available for three years now.


HP Slimline ($599)

The mini desktops are practical for shoppers who want a small unobtrusive computer without the mobility and expense of a laptop. Other minis, like the Studio Hybrid, are powered by Intel Core 2 Duo or similar processors, have 2 to 4 GB of RAM (memory), spacious hard drives with 120 to 500 GB of file storage, and DVD or Blu-ray. The Mac mini has the least of these features (1 GB RAM and a 120 GB or less hard drive.) The Studio Hybrid isn’t the first small computer offered by Dell, as they also have the popular and well-received iMac competitor, the all-in-one Dell XPS One which starts at $1,299.

Update: The Studio Hybrid is available in six colors and bamboo with exchangeable sleeves.

Update: See a promotional email I received from Dell regarding the Studio Hybrid line


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Hewlett-Packard Co. Recalls Fax Machines Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hewlett-Packard Co., announced a voluntary recall of the HP 1010 and 1010xi Fax Machines. Consumers should immediately disconnect the recalled fax machine from the electrical power source and contact HP to receive a rebate.

HP 1010 and 1010xi Fax machine
HP 1010 and 1010xi Fax Machine

Name of Product: HP Fax 1010 and 1010xi Machines

Units: About 367,000 units (an additional 84,000 units sold outside of the U.S.)

Importer: Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif.

Hazard: An internal electrical component failure can cause overheating of the product posing a risk of burn or fire.

Incidents/Injuries: Hewlett-Packard has received three reports of overheating including two in the U.S. resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the HP Fax 1010 and HP Fax 1010xi models manufactured from November 2002 through September 2004. The HP logo and the model name and number are printed on the front of the fax machine.

Sold at: Electronic, computer and camera stores nationwide, as well as Web retailers from November 2002 through December 2004 for between $130 and $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately disconnect the recalled fax machine from the electrical power source and contact HP to receive a rebate.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact HP toll-free at (888) 654-9296 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit HP’s Web site at www.hp.com/go/fax1010recall

From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions recall page. Contact the CPSC Recall Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

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