The Bottom Line
- Excellent photo prints
- Wireless networking built in
- Energy Star qualified
- Can be noisy during print setup and preparation
- Software issues made setup a hassle
- Ink thirsty
- Color inkjet printer
- Networks via wired or wireless networks
- Up to 31 pages / minute (color), 33 ppm (black)
- Copier, scanner
- 125-page paper input tray, 20-sheet photo tray
- 2.4-inch LCD (color)
Guide Review - HP Photosmart C6380 All-in-One Printer
Initial glitches aside, the printer worked as well as I expected an HP all-in-one to work. (Note to those who would bandy semantics: This "all-in-one" doesn't include a fax, which will probably not dissuade many people from buying it.) I found the colors of a PowerPoint presentation came out rich and deep, though plain copy paper was left a bit limp but not saturated. The first color page took about 30 seconds to come out, but subsequent pages took half that time. Black-and-white text looked extremely crisp--HP says its comparable to laser quality, and perhaps it is, but it's not wildly better than most other inkjets in the same price range. It did seem to use ink more quickly than I hoped, but with five cartidges only the empty ones need replacing.
Where this printer really shines is in photo printing. A 4x6 color photo took just under a minute to print, and HP's proprietary Vivera ink provided not only rich, warm, and natural colors, but the photo was perfectly dry the moment it came out. Running the photo under water didn't affect it at all. Basic photo-editing options are easily done on the 2.4-inch color LCD screen.