Hewlett-Packard Australia Photosmart 8150
- Good glossy print quality, useful included software
- High running costs, poor plain paper print quality
Because of its extensive features, the Photosmart 8150 would make a nice centre for the amateur digital photographer, but printing costs are high.
Price$ 349.00 (AUD)
The HP Photosmart 8150 has a 2.5" colour LCD, which makes it easy to see what you're printing when you use a digital camera's media card. Four slots protected by a clear cover on the front of the printer accommodate all the popular card formats. From the control panel you can crop an image, remove red-eye or add a decorative border. You can also print directly from a compatible camera connected to the 8150's direct-print port, or you can plug in a USB flash drive loaded with images.
The 8150 has a large footprint but keeps its paper supply conveniently underneath and out of the way. The paper drawer holds as many as 100 sheets of plain paper, up to legal size. A secondary feeder lets you keep 20 sheets of 4" x 6" photo paper ready to go. For even more flexibility, you can add a 250-sheet paper drawer. The printer detects the type of paper loaded in the trays. An optional duplexer allows you to save paper by printing double-sided.
Two cartridges supply up to six inks for printing. In the box, you get a tri-colour (cyan, magenta, yellow) cartridge and a photo cartridge with black, light cyan and light magenta inks. You can swap the photo cartridge for a black-ink cartridge for printing text documents; for printing black-and-white photos, you can insert a photo-grey cartridge that has two shades of grey ink in addition to black ink. Swapping cartridges often could be a pain, but at least you can store partially used cartridges in an indentation under the cover. In our ink-usage tests, 4" x 6" prints were pricier than average.
The Photosmart 8150 made very high quality photographic prints on glossy letter-sized paper. However, borderless prints made on 4" x 6" glossy paper didn't look as good; the prints were marred by some unusual dithering in the lightest areas and by a light band near the trailing edge. On plain paper, text looked a bit fuzzy, and the edges of closely spaced bold lettering bled together. Colour graphics on plain paper looked a little washed out.
The Photosmart 8150 printed text during our tests at 5.2ppm, and it generated graphics faster than most other comparable models, at 2.1ppm. Glossy snapshots emerged in 102 seconds.
Options include a Bluetooth wireless adapter that plugs into the direct-print port, allowing you to print from a Bluetooth-equipped camera phone or PDA with a built-in camera.
It takes time to install HP's Image Zone software suite (and it takes up 600MB of space on your hard drive), but the wait is worth it: the package offers more features than the software included with most other printers, including tools for organising and sharing photos, creating cards, designing album pages and the like.
Join the newsletter!
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Toys for Boys
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Xbox One X
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Epson launches new Expression Premium Photo Range
- Epson Australia Unveils New Expression Home Range of Printers
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
- Hacker hijacks thousands of publicly exposed printers to warn owners
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTO365 ConsultantOther
- CCTechnical Lead - BrisbaneVIC
- FTData Architect / Business Intelligence ArchitectOther
- CCDesktop Support EngineerNSW
- FTJava DeveloperOther
- CCProblem manager - OSS, Service Assurance appsVIC
- FTSolution DesignerOther
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FT.Net Full-stack DeveloperOther
- TPSenior Project Manager | Service Management I ITILQLD
- CCTableau DeveloperQLD
- FTSenior Sales Executive ? Technology ConsultingQLD
- TPSenior Project Manager - Office 365QLD
- TPSenior Project Manager - Enterprise Risk & ComplianceNSW
- CCJunior to Mid Level Tester - BrisbaneACT
- FTAgile Delivery Project ManagerOther
- FTITSM Senior Business AnalystOther
- CCAdlib DeveloperVIC
- FTSenior Solution ArchitectOther
- FTSolution DesignerOther
- TPLead Solutions Architect - SAP HCMQLD
- TPSenior Project Manager | LIS Program | IntegrationQLD
- FTSenior Siebel DeveloperACT
- FTBusiness Analyst | Gold CoastQLD
- FTSenior Business AnalystACT