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HP Photosmart P1100 Printer Review
HP Photosmart P1100 Printer Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Back when personal computers were still a "novelty" item in the 1980's, it was often believed that computers would usher in a new era of the paperless office. Rather than work with reams and reams of paper, we would work with the data in a digital fashion. While this did seem like a good idea at the time, the amount of paper still present in today's busy offices (and homes) suggests otherwise. If anything, the computer has prompted us to use more paper instead of less.
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Filed under: Printers Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: HP Dec 14 2000   D. Deveaux  
Home > Reviews > Printers > HP Photosmart P1100

Drivers and Software

The drivers bundled with the printer are quite extensive, as the following screen shots illustrate.

The Setup tab is where settings such as the quality of the image (Draft, Normal, or Best), paper size and type, and banner printing options are configured. Quite a bit of this is automatically assigned upon selecting a single option; for example, when selecting the "Banner Paper" option, both the paper size and type are selected automatically. If, in the Paper Size pull down menu, the 4 x 6 inch photo paper is specified, the corresponding paper type is selected along with the option for "best" print quality. The most notable option in this tab is the PhotoREt button, which enables the ultra high 2400x1200dpi resolution that the printer's specification calls for.

Under the Features section, options such as page orientation, two sided printing options, multi up printing, and poster printing are available. The orientation options are fairly self explanatory, as they simply illustrate whether the page will be printed vertically or horizontally, or whether the image will be mirrored (used for T Shirt transfers). The double sided printing options specify whether the pages will be bound like a book (left/right) or tablet (up/down), and will print the pages accordingly. The Multiple Pages Per Sheet options allow several pages of information to be squished into one page, which can be useful for an overall view of how a multi page document would appear when printed normally. This is the opposite of the Poster Printing option, which will split a single page into 4, 9, or 16 pages. This is useful for large photos that will be combined into a large poster by taping the pages together.

The Advanced tab is where you'll find further color optimization settings, such as Brightness and ink volume adjustments. Under most circumstances, there shouldn't be a need to modify these settings, although for those who demand accurate color reproduction, they could prove useful.

Looking at the Services tab brings up the HP Photosmart Toolbox, which can be used to clean or calibrate the print cartridges, view the user's guide, and calibrate the photo tray (so images are properly centered).

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Contents of Article: HP Photosmart P1100
 Pg 1.  HP Photosmart P1100 Printer Review
 Pg 2.  — Drivers and Software
 Pg 3.  Installation and Digital Camera Interface

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