The HP Photosmart 3213 has most of the features one would expect from a photo-centric all-in-one color inkjet, and a few extras like the ability to scan negatives that are a bit unexpected. Its print speeds can reach up to 32 pages per minute in fast modes, but higher-quality settings will be slower. Six colors of HP 3213 printer ink provide more detail, and third-party replacements are inexpensive.
The 3213 can print, copy, and scan, though it does lack any faxing capabilities. This probably won't be missed by most home users, who are the target market. It includes a flatbed scanner, with the ability to scan 35mm negatives, which is a major plus, but the lack of an automatic document feeder makes for slow scanning. Reviewers have also noted that scanning speeds drop significantly at resolutions larger than 600x600 dpi.
The unit may be a bit larger than some home users would like, but it is fairly compact. It measures 8.7x18.3x15.6 inches, and weighs 26.2 pounds without the Photosmart 3213 printer ink or any paper installed. Both Windows and Mac platforms are supported, and the device can be connected via USB or an ethernet port, which makes it ready for sharing on a network. Its paper capacity of 100 sheets makes it a poor choice for a large number of users, however.
The HP 3213 ink cartridge system utilizes six separate colors, augmenting the typical cyan, magenta, yellow and black supplies with light cyan and light magenta for more color detail. While these extra HP 3213 ink colors add more depth, it also means more replacement costs. Thankfully, remanufactured Photosmart 3213 ink cartridges are very inexpensive, keeping costs low.
The Photosmart 3213 may not be the fastest all-in-one inkjet model in its class, and its paper handling is a bit limited, but its photo quality is top notch, and extra like negative scanning add a lot of value. Best of all, operating costs are low enough for the average home user.
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