Photosmart 7960 Inkjet Printer (21 PPM, 4800x1200 DPI, Color, 16MB, PC/Mac) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Hp (hewlett-packard)
Model: Q3020A
Printer Type: Color Inkjet
Average User RatingAverage User RatingAverage User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 15

Reviewed by: mapyatt from SC on Mar 12, 2004

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: Quality of prints, Borderless prints, Design,Easy to setup with XP, quiet.

Weaknesses: Kind of huge, That's it

Summary: First of all I would like to thank the man above for giving me the chance to purchase this printer, Second I would like to thank HP for this product. I remember when the Photosmart 1315 came out, HP couldn't keep up with it on the product line, it was hard to find. After a couple of months went buy I finally got it. That printer uses 4 inks, about the same with other printers. The only thing that set it off as a photosmart line was the card readers & the Lcd screen. But I loved it & still do. Later on I got a DeskJet 5550 with the 4 inks but take out the black & add the photo ink you had a 6 ink photo printer without the extras the 1315 had. The prints were much better then the 1315. I loved it an I still do. I've been looking at the 7960 for a while. The design already made me fall in love with it. I finally went on and got one, oh my how I can see the difference between 4 inks (1315) & the 8 inks (7960) I printed one picture in black & white that I printed a while back on the 1315 & then on the 7960. All that I can say is True black & white quality. Then I did the same for the color print. The colors stand out more excellent quality. Very , very happy, It's a big printer, but who cares. Qualty is important. The price is ok to me because my Photosmart 1315 cost me $407.00 & the Photosmart 7960 ran me $253.00. That's strange that the 7960 is less then the 1315 was, and the 7960 is a better quality printer for photos then the 1315 & has more to offer. Don't get me wrong I love my 1315 in which I use it for designs like (Adobe Illustrator) My 5550 is my everyday printer & also it is on my wireless network & I use it with my laptop also. My 7960 is for Photos only. that's all I need to say on that. I promise you if I run out of ink with the other printers, too bad, that ink in my 7960 is for photos. By the way I guess you are thinking that my ink bill will be a big one. well the 1315 ink use two different numbers, the 5550 & the 7960 use the same photo, tricolor, & black, the only difference is the photo grey ink that the 7960 uses that the 5550 doesn't. If you have the money buy one. I think the 7960 should have been the printer that HP couldn't keep up with, not the 1315.

Reviewed by: lykly from ND on Nov 7, 2003

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Very high quality prints. Very easy to operate. Great options.

Weaknesses: None yet.

Summary: This is one of the best photo printers I have ever used. It is very easy to set up and use. I am very happy with it, and it lives up to its claims.

Reviewed by: a64Tom from IN on May 14, 2004

Experience: 4 Weeks

Strengths: Picture quality is great and I love the limited edit features on the printer.

Weaknesses: Pretty big and the on board memory card reader is WAY too slow!

Summary: I had ordered the Canon I900 printer online and when I went to pick it up I let the sales rep talk me into buying the HP 7960. I took my own memory card with me to the store and the HP actually printed a better picture. Once I got it home I saw the lines that everyone complains about. The sales rep says they will fade over time and are not an issue if you use high quality paper. Well, even with the best HP paper out there I still get very annoying lines the entire length of my pictures. Other than the lines I think it's a great printer, but this flaw has made me regret my purchase. I only use the on board memory card reader if I want to print a quick picture. The reader is way to slow to do anything else, like copy the file, etc. I use a regular reader plugged into a USB 2.0, and it's easily 10 times faster. I'm going to take this printer back and try the canon I900.

Reviewed by: rakljk from IN on Nov 8, 2003

Experience: 6 Days

Strengths: Powerful, from an application or directly from the printer. A wonderful proof sheet that can be scanned and prints the marked items.

Weaknesses: The fold out paper catcher

Summary: Maybe the best printer overall that is available on the market at this time
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Reviewed by: joshinsobe from FL on Mar 24, 2004

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Excelent Color & B/W photos. Easy to use. Plenty of options. Fast text printing. Inexpensive Black ink.

Weaknesses: BIG. Fold out paper catcher. A bit noisy with the paper feed. Expensive Color Ink

Summary: I've had this printer for 3 months now and I love it. It is so easy to use and give you so many options. Although using the 59 gray cartridge does improve color photos, I found that using it for this purpose SUCKS the ink quickly. I also found I don't need "perfect" 4x6 photos and only use the gray cartridge for B/W or 8x10 photos where the quality is more noticable. I save on black ink by printing in DRAFT mode for all my text unless i need better quality. Plus it prints MUCH faster that way. I've done the comparrisions between using the gray ink printing color photos and on 4x6 you can hardly tell the best not to waste the money on it. The black ink is no more expensive than any other manufacturer..and much less expensive than Lexmark's 30-40 dollar black cartridges. I chose this printer over Epson and Canon because Canon's greens didn't reproduce correctly and many times it showed banding in the photos. I didn't choose Epson because they just don't have all the options that this printer has and although they do have great printers, HP's dye based ink blends better than pigment based inks that epson uses for most of their printers. Personal choice...everyone has opinions on this. Final weakness...the stupid fold out paper catcher. This is just dumb. It's flimsey and could easily break off.
All in all, a super printer and would highly recommend it.

Reviewed by: johnr43 from NC on Nov 14, 2003

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Solid, quiet, easy install (WinXP Home), borderless prints, color is absolutely pro-photo quality, long-lasting prints (independently determined).

Weaknesses: Printing at the best quality - not breakneck speed but not too shabby either. This is not really a true weakness.

Summary: I upgraded from an HP990Cse (still doing very well) but the increase in print quality is very evident. Getting an 8.5x11 print (vs. 8x10) is a distinct plus. I very highly recommend this unit. Seven color inkset printing and wide RGB color gamut really makes for brilliant prints. Works best with HP paper, though Kodak Ultima works quite well. I feel HP has really done the homework on inks, papers and hardware. Buying from is once again, a real pleasure,

Reviewed by: Eldiablo2 from CA on Feb 14, 2004

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: Pictures are outstanding. Very easy to set-up. Very easy to use with many wonderful options.

Weaknesses: None as of yet.

Summary: I've only owned Epson's before and this one it the best by far. The pictures are flawless, vivid and quick. They look like just like the prints you would get from 35mm processed.

Reviewed by: TravisBean from GA on Jan 7, 2004

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Easy to use, great pictures from this printer.

Weaknesses: None yet, but it is large.

Summary: I would highly recommend this printer. I have had about 4 photo printers and this one beats them by far. I also bought it from and had regular shipping and got it in less than 24 hours. Buy it from they are great!!

Reviewed by: drljt from CA on Jan 22, 2004


Strengths: Great quality prints

Weaknesses: Technical support horrible. Difficult to print envelopes and note pad sized paper. Toner replacements are pricey.

Summary: While giving great quality photo prints...the design to use the "paper tray" for envelopes and notepad paper is horribly designed. Toner is pricey. I have never owned anything but HP printers and must admit this one is a bit disappointing. Tech support is also very poor. Yesterday I called tech support about the same problem and the quality of support was very bad. No one had a solution which prompte me to contact HP here in the U.S. Tech support is in India and while I hold nothing against them, the English is poor and the level of knowledge is bad. HP needs some help with this one.

Reviewed by: TMacDogg on Apr 24, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: The strength was that it has a true black and white true technology. This has the capable of beating every products in the industry for black and white photography. One of the best machine ever

Weaknesses: The speed of the prints. But overall photo takes time and time is money to get the best of the best.

Summary: I like this machines and I would buy this machine again if I didn't already own one. I would recommend this machine to everyone who likes to make photography a true meaning of black and white pictures.

Reviewed by: muffingolf from NE on Oct 28, 2003

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: Great Photo Quality You will be pleased!!

Weaknesses: Size is big but it doesn't outweigh the quality!

Summary: Great quality product! Several different tools that enhance photos to the extreme. Price will not compare with any other for the quality you get. Will definitely look into buying a HP printer again when the time comes.

Reviewed by: skeeter42 from PA on Dec 28, 2003

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Very easy to follow menu making it user friendly. Picture quality is excellent & colors are great.

Weaknesses: Slower than my 970 CSE, but I can live with it.

Summary: Haven't connected to the computer as yet and do not
see any reason to do so other than sending pics to hard
drive or e-mail.

Reviewed by: pmoreira from MA on Feb 8, 2005

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: incredible resolution

Weaknesses: prints have a slight magenta cast

Summary: good printer but the price has already dropped significantly since i bought it. ink doesnt last long and is very expensive. such good resolution that it is very dificult to tell the difference from a homemade HP print and the "CVS" conventional analog picture (except for the magenta cast which can be compensated for in a photo enhansing program)

Reviewed by: suejo20 from VA on Feb 3, 2005

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: Great photo prints, easy to setup, sharp & clear prints on any paper

Weaknesses: have to change to black print cartridge to do good text printing

Summary: Outstanding photo printer, both color and black & white prints using its 8 color ink printing. Would not use as a default printer for everything because of having to change to black cartridge for regular work printing. Speed isn't great but is very acceptable and it is reasonable quiet. All in all I am very happy with it.

Reviewed by: NCTAZMAN from NC on Jan 11, 2005

Experience: 40 Days

Strengths: Picture quality is very good. Speed is acceptable however, I'm fussy so I mostly use the highest print quality settings and sacrafice speed.

Weaknesses: Paper feeds doubles with heavier # paper. Always use single sheet feeding w/photo paper to reduce misfeed costs. Foot print is rather large at ~21". Ink consumption >$'s/sh more than HP 722 & 810

Summary: Overall I'm pleased with the printer however only because of a couple features that my HP 722 did not have. 1) borderless printing 2) Higher DPI printingso print quality on larger prints is very good. It prints fairly quietly.
Photo printing speed is only marginally better and the fast normal B/W printing setting is fast. The printer footprint is larger, just under 21". More mis-feeds / doubles with heavier # paper in the lower tray. Ink is consumed at a faster rate and three cartridges are required to print color versus only one in the HP 722. The red "low ink" light seems to be always flashing like a baby saying "feed me"! Almost 3x more costly for ink then the 722. Print. Haven't found a way to print black & white word documents without using up ink from color cartridges too?
I don't use the camera card slots and associated printer viewing screen because I print on 8.5" x 11" paper which I place four pictures on per sheet for printing. If you use the 4" x 6" paper, I would see this feature as a plus but I don't print on 4x6 photo paper.

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