The HP DeskJet 895Cse
In the now large population of color ink jet printers Hewlett-Packard continues to be a leader with its HP DeskJet printers. The new HP DeskJet 895Cse now tops HP's list of DeskJet models, providing a printer designed to meet the widest range of user requirements. The 895Cse is built to provide both high photo-quality color printing on all types of paper, as well as laser-quality black text printing at up to 10 pages per minute, and a heavy-duty cycle demanded by business requirements of constant use and multiple copy printing, as well as the capability with an add-on accessory to be used as a network printer. This comprehensive range of qualities and capabilities included by HP provides the company with the basis for calling this model their Premium DeskJet.
The features which make the 895Cse exceptional are not that unusual by themselves, but combined in a single printer provide users with a distinct choice if they need both speed and durability to print many copies of business documents, including black and white and color, as well as competitive photo quality printing. The 895Cse is a four color ink printer with relatively large ink cartridges, providing both economy and less frequency of replacement even when full-color photo printing is involved. This is the result in part of an improvement in HP's color technology (PhotoREt II). In addition, the HP 895Cse printer is fully supportive of the latest computer technology including the provision of a Universal Serial Bus port, providing an easy, quick connection and fast, efficient data flow from computer to printer. The HP 895Cse package also includes a software bundle that directly enhances the printer's functionality, including the ability to condense up to four document pages onto a single 8.5x11 sheet, or go the opposite way and make "billboard" images by dividing the printing into segments so a large poster-sized image can be assembled from the pages. There is also a software application providing easy to use templates for quick home and office flyers, proposals, schedules, and brochures. A special HP version of PhotoRecall is included to aid in organizing and handling photos, graphics, and clip art. Also, web printing is supported by HP Instant Delivery which supports users scheduling and receiving and direct printing of online publications to which a user subscribes.
Using The HP DeskJet
895Cse. I had not worked with an HP printer since I reviewed
the PhotoSmart printer quite a while back. Even so, I was first of all
most interested to know how this new, more general purpose printer would
compare reproducing photographs on glossy photo ink jet paper. So, right
off the 895Cse was fed quite a few just scanned 120 film files. The resulting
8x10" image area prints compared very favorably with prints I'd
made with the PhotoSmart. That says a lot for the technology improvements
HP has made, as the 895Cse is a four color ink printer and the PhotoSmart
used special six color ink cartridges. In addition, this new HP DeskJet
is much faster and also much quieter.
A very distinct improvement,
at least in comparison to the original Photo-Smart printer, is HP's
print driver now provides a wide range of media selection options including
a non-HP brand paper selection. The software also supports either using
HP's proprietary output management, as well as going to a manual
level of output adjustment and control, or selecting ICM tying color management
into the Windows system. From the experience I had running the printer
with a Windows 98 PC, printing from Photoshop as well as several other
graphics applications, Microsoft Word, and directly from Internet Explorer,
the prints resulting uniformly matched what was on screen quite closely.