NO COM­PUTER NEEDED

Finweek English Edition - - Communication & technology - BENE­DICT KELLY benk@fin­week.co.za

FOR THOSE WHO want to print pic­tures from their dig­i­tal cam­eras, but don’t want the has­sle of deal­ing with com­put­ers, the HP Pho­to­s­mart A717 printer is just the an­swer.

With a funky black-and-green or black-and-sil­ver trim, this is def­i­nitely not your av­er­age printer and if you were think­ing of print­ing a let­ter to Aunt Mavis on it, you clearly have the wrong ma­chine.

The printer is small, about the size of a beach ra­dio, and can print on pa­per up to 13cm wide and 30cm long.

There’s a 5GB in­ter­nal hard drive for stor­ing pho­tos, an LCD screen for ba­sic edit­ing and view­ing of pic­tures, card slots for all the main me­mory card types and even the op­tion to put a bat­tery in for use away from mains power.

The bat­tery seems to be a so­lu­tion look­ing for a prob­lem but if you need to be able to print at any time and live in an area prone to power cuts, this could be a god­send.

In­sert­ing a me­mory card into the printer al­lows you to copy your pho­tos to the in­ter­nal stor­age, view them on the screen or even con­nect the printer to a TV and view them on the big screen and use the in­cluded re­mote to con­trol the printer.

It’s good look­ing and small enough to sit in the lounge but I still doubt the value of ded­i­cated photo print­ers in an age where the photo shops are so fo­cused on print­ing dig­i­tal images. Price R2 408

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