The HP Photosmart 8238 photo inkjet printer has some of the fastest speeds in its class, at up to 30 pages per minute, but still produces very high-quality output. The unit is quite compact, Photosmart 8238 printer ink prices are reasonable, and it even operates quite well without the need for a PC.
While it is not the smallest model in its class, the unit can hardly be considered bulky, measuring 6.3x17.6x15.2 inches. It weighs only 18.7 pounds without the HP 8238 printer ink supplies installed, so it is quite easy to move around when necessary. The bright, full-color screen and control panel are easy to operate, and users have the option of memory card slots and a PictBridge port if they wish to use it without the need for a computer.
Professional reviews mention slower speeds than rated, and that choosing faster modes such as Draft will improve the speed, quality suffers drastically. Still, photo quality was rated to be quite good, though there is some noticeable graininess in some images. Colors were noted to be very accurate, thanks in part to the six colors of HP 8238 ink.
In addition to the typical inkjet colors of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, the unit uses light cyan and light magenta Photosmart 8238 ink cartridges for better accuracy. Buyers who are concerned about the extra replacement cost involved should consider using remanufactured HP 8238 ink cartridges, which is often half the price of OEM versions, without sacrificing quality.
The HP 8238 sports a solid, compact design that will appeal to home users, while also being very easy to use. Other than a bit of graininess, its output is very impressive, and low operating costs will keep it affordable as long as buyers consider the alternatives to paying full price for OEM supplies.
Based on our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, Ink Technologies will accept returns of compatible or remanufactured ink and toner cartridges for full credit if the returned product has a valid return authorization number and is received in our warehouse within 6 months of the original shipping date. If there is a confirmed print quality issue, only 1 set of opened products will be accepted for credit returns, and only if less than 30% of the ink or toner has been used.
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