I have a friend who, having long been printer-less, is considering buying (with my help) a light duty printer - the "duties" to include photo printing. He is an expert on form and function in dogs, and still writes articles on this and related subjects.
COSTCO is currently offering an HP Envy Photo 7858 at a favorable price. I took a look at the specifications to see if they would fit my friend's needs. I then tried to ask HP for the information I was seeking. Unfortunately I drew a blank.
Those specs listed the permissible weight of PHOTO papers at 70 to 90 grams per square meter (18-22 lb). I have to presume that is a typo or an error - that is the typical weight of ordinary typing or copy paper, not photo paper. I myself have an older HP printer - HP Photosmart 6525 - which lists for permissible PHOTO paper weight up to 280 g/m2, that is 75 lb. I do a lot of photographic work. The lightest photo paper I have in stock is HP "Everyday" photo paper at 200 g/m2 (53 lb). For better quality prints I use a photo paper (not HP) of 255 g/m2 (69 lb). So long as I keep the pickup rollers clean, no problem with the 255 g paper.
So I have to believe the info in the published specs of the HP Envy Photo 7858 is a mistake. Most printer specs list the maximum permissible weight of LETTER paper at 24 lb (heavy weight copy paper - everyday copy/letter paper is 20 lb).
Another feature of the HP Envy Photo 7858 is that it uses only 2 ink cartridges - one black, one tricolor. That also suggests to me that this is not really a "serious" printer and that I should be looking elsewhere for my friend. I am personally most familiar with HP printers, having used them from the dawn of the PC era (I still have a first generation HP LaserJet in working order <G>) but time moves on and I have no objection to trying something else. It must, however, be simple and easy to use. My friend struggles with the complexity of computers, so for his use I do need to create a more or less "set it and forget it" printing environment.
Can anyone tell me what the real photo paper capabilities of the HP Envy Color 7858 are, and whether this might be a reasonable choice for the above described situation?
Thanks as always for enlightenment!