HP 7150 Printer Information
For a fairly basic photo printer, the HP Photosmart 7150 is impressive in terms of quality, though it does lack some of the more modern features that have become standard on today's inkjet printers. Still, this unit has a very contemporary look to it and offers a 4-color and 6-color HP 7150 ink system, which makes it worth consideration for affordable photo prints.
The maximum print speed for text documents is 17 pages per minute, though this is only attainable in Draft mode. In this print mode, full color documents can print at a rate of 3 pages per minute. Unfortunately, the maximum quality at these speeds is only 300x300 dpi, which will be sufficient for standard text documents but not for graphics or images. For the complex, colorful tasks, users should set the mode to Best. This will cut the output rate tremendously, but increase the resolution to 1200x1200 dpi, or 4800x1200 dpi on photo paper.
To achieve the maximum quality for color photos, users can replace the HP 7150 ink cartridge that holds only black printer ink with the specialty photo color supply that holds light magenta, light cyan, and black ink. Combine those three colors with the cyan, magenta, and yellow from the other Photosmart 7150 ink cartridge, and this 6-color system can generate up to 1.2 million colors. The expansion of the color gamut ensures photos will be bright and vivid, as well as true to life.
Though the monthly print maximum, or duty cycle, is 3,000 pages, the black supply of HP 7150 ink yields up to 520 pages, the tricolor yields 400 pages, and the photo color printer ink yields only 140 pages. If the printer is used to maximum capacity, replacement Photosmart 7150 ink will be needed multiple times per month, though remanufactured versions are available to minimize the costs.
Up to 100 sheets of plain paper can be held in the input tray and 50 sheets will fit on the output tray. There is a photo tray especially for photo paper, and it can hold up to 24 sheets. On the front of the 7150, there is a button to cancel jobs and a "low ink" indicator light. A USB port is also present, which is designated for plugging in select HP digital cameras, while the USB port on the back is for connection to a computer.
Users will be happy with the HP Photosmart 7150, whether for work or for personal use. Reviews praise this inkjet printer's ability to create professional-grade text documents, and the photo quality is impressive as well.