HP Photosmart 8050

HP Photosmart 8050 is a Photo Printer features Print Speed Up to 1200 rendered dpi black, Up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi color, Print Speed Black Up to 21 ppm, Color Up to 24 ppm, 1.8-in LCD (color graphics), Paper Sizes Letter, legal, executive, No. 10 envelopes, index cards, 5 x 7-in photo, 4 x 6-in photo, 4 x 12-in panorama, 4 x 24-in panorama, Connectivity 2 USB, 4 Memory card slots. The HP Photosmart 8050 measures 18.3 x 9 x 6.2 in (W x D x H) and weighs 9.3 lb.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

HP Photosmart 8050 Reviews

PCAdvisor reviews the HP Photosmart 8050 and writes;
“When printing text and line art on plain paper, the 8050 performed well, thanks in part to its pigment black ink. The 8050’s sharp-looking text work also surpassed a lot of the competition. When we printed colour graphics on plain paper using all six inks, they looked too washed out; we got better results – with good shadow detail and natural-looking skin tones – when we used the black-ink cartridge, although some horizontal banding was evident. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the HP Photosmart 8050 and writes;
“Using the photo ink cartridge, the 8050 printed very attractive photos; we liked their depth and shadow detail. But because the prints looked a bit light and some highlights appeared foggy, they earned a score of Very Good. Most photo printers earn a Superior rating for their color photos. The 8050’s grayscale print had a faint pink tone.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Digitaltrends reviews the HP Photosmart 8050 and writes;
“Prints that come out of the Photosmart 8050 are generally sharp. Many people will not find flaws and if you print from your computer at the best resolution, you’ll be able to save yourself a trip to the local photo store. A big problem with this printer though, is that you can’t print maximum resolution photos from a memory card or a camera. Though, if you took a nice looking photo outdoors in a fair setting, then you shouldn’t worry. A quick print to give to a friend or loved one will come out nicely with no noticeable errors. Colors look vibrant, and the 8050 can print a full color 4×6 out in a little over a minute!”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MACworld reviews the HP Photosmart 8050 and writes;
“Though it has the smallest preview LCD and lacks some of the bells and whistles of its more expensive competitors, the HP Photosmart 8050 does a very good job of printing color photos, and with the help of its optional photo-gray print cartridge, it prints great black and white photos.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

HP Photosmart 8050 User Reviews

5 stars for the price
“For $119, I was very surprised at the quality of my pictures. Vivid, clean, sharp pictures. I had to almost kiss the photo to see that it was printed off of a printer and not developed. (Pictures taken with a 3.2 MP Nikon Coolpix). Another great thing was that the setup was a sinch, so I was able to print pictures quickly. Lastly, this model (over the 7850) gives you the option to link the camera directly to the printer or insert your camera’s memory card into the front of the printer so that you don’t even need a computer. (There are some editing limitation with this option, but at least there’s the option.) Lastly, there is an extra paper tray for borderless 4×6 photopaper. Nice.” – by R. Hartberg
Rating: ★★★★★

Performs beautifully
“The printer is great! Prints good quality, fairly quickly and doesn’t burn through the ink. Haven’t connected to my computer, as I’m using the printer as a stand-alone portable. I have an HP multifuntion & don’t want to risk a software error by connecting a second HP product. I print off the digital card from the camera, it accepts many different type of cards & printing is easy. I’m still playing around with it & getting used to the features/functions, but so far, it’s great! I like the 4×6 tray & the tray storage in the top of the printer. It folds nicely into a relatively small footprint.” – by M. Haley
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nice printer
“I bought this printer on sale and it’s a really good product. The photo quality is excellent and i’ve had a few people ask me to prove that my printer actually printed them. Very easy to use and set up, love the Bluetooth, makes it easier to use the printer. The Vivera inks are really worth what i pay for them, not the kind of printer you want to use if you’re just going to be printing text (not worth it). The ink doesn’t really last to long though. I replace the ink on this one alot more than any other photo printers i’ve had. Keeping this one because of the good quality!” – by Jay_BB6
Rating: ★★★★☆

Better than average printer
“I like how it has the tray to insert 4×6 paper for printing photos, makes it very easy, also, if i dont use the printer for a day or two i need to clean the nosels before using it but doent take long and always get good prints after that. Good inexpensive printer, makes good prints. the ink usually costs $40-50 for both cartrages but i am a graphic designer and it does everything i need without having to buy a very expensive printer.” – by Shawn Timen
Rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent value
“This is my first HP printer and I am impressed with the quality of the unit, and the quality of the printing. I can’t speak for the software that came with it, as I use Picasa2 and don’t want to change. It IS Photosmart, I somtimes make a mistake and have the wrong size paper selected…this printer will not print unless things are OK. I mostly print 4X6, and the handy holder for this size stores in the top of the unit. Don’t tell HP, but I refill the ink, so this is a budget saving printer. For less than $100, you can’t go wrong.” – by P. Miller
Rating: ★★★★★


HP Photosmart 8050 Brochure & User Guide

HP Photosmart 8050 User Guide

Features & Specifications

HP Photosmart 8050 Features

Enjoy true-to-life photo quality with the HP PhotoSmart 8050 color inkjet printer. Get up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized color dpi when using premium photo papers and 1,200 x 1,200 input dpi from a computer, or print directly from digital camera memory cards. From either source, you’ll see beautiful photos, thanks to HP’s six-ink color system and PhotoRet IV resolution enhancement and color layering technologies.

Print up to 21 pages per minute in black, and color 4″ x 6″ photos in as little as 27 seconds. Print directly from your digital camera memory cards using convenient card slots–without using a computer. Or, simply connect your HP digital camera with direct-printing capability to the front USB port, then print your photos (also without using a computer).

You can easily save photos to your PC and print borderless photos using the 4-by-6-inch photo paper tray; view before printing with the built-in 1.8″ LCD view screen. Photos from the 8050 resist fading twice as long as most traditionally processed photos, up to 65 years (requires premium photo plus paper and six-ink color printing with the included HP 99 photo inkjet print cartridge).

Other features include a save-to-PC button, HP Memories disc-creator software, auto paper-type sensing, a convenient 20-sheet 4-by-6-inch photo tray, and a 100-sheet, 8.5-by-11-inch paper tray.

What’s in the Box:
HP Photosmart 8050 printer,95 tri-color inkjet cartridge, 99 photo inkjet cartridge, Image Zone Photo & Imaging software on CD-ROM, quick start booklet, user’s guide, power supply, power cord.

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