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==Price and Availability==
When I bought my photo printer a few years ago I got the printer itself with a pack of 100 sheets of HP Premium Photo Paper as part of the package from Argos. I've bought it a couple of times since from eBay where you can pick up the 10cm by 15cm variety for between 10p and 20p a sheet depending on the pack size. I've found the prices really do vary online but Amazon currently sell 60 sheets for just under £8 which is a pretty good price.
==HP Premium Photo Paper==
This paper comes in a few different varieties but the type I'm reviewing today is the 10cm by 15cm variety which is the traditional photograph size that I've been used to since a child. The paper is recommended for use with HP photo printers which is the main reason I continued to use it. Each sheet is 240g/m² and has a glossy finish perfect for photographs. The paper is straight cut on three sides with one size having a perforated edge and a little extra paper so that you can handle a photograph that's just been printed without smudging the image.
The paper is a nice thickness which makes it easy to handle, it's certainly a good quality when comparing it to some other brands I have used. When printing onto this paper I've found it takes quite a while to dry, it doesn't take an annoyingly long time but I have smudged a couple of photographs because they've been wetter for longer than I would of thought. I think this is maybe the reason HP include the perforated edge, which is handy when you want to handle photo's quickly, you can lay them out to fully dry without touching the image. Although it's handy when you rip off the excess paper you can see that it's a perforated edge, it's also quite easy to accidently rip photographs. If I'm framing a photo it doesn't matter so much about this perforated edge but I wouldn't print onto this paper if I was giving the photo's away as they don't look very professional. It's a shame about this because photographs look stunning on this paper; the colours are really sharp and vibrant. Photographs look very professional with ease, and they continue to look good too, I've got photos that I probably printed four or five years ago now which still look as good as when they were first printed.
Although the photos that are printed on this paper look really professional with lovely colours and detail which stand the test of time for me there' a couple of little disappointments. Although the perforated edge is handy for me it ruined some photographs and stopped them looking as professional as they could. The price for this paper isn't bad, it's worth shopping about for it as there's a wide variety of prices. I do still use this paper sometimes but don't buy it anymore as there are other better and cheaper photo papers available.
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Having a HP Photo printer I decided to buy the HP photo paper which cost me £7.83 for a pack of 60 sheets from Amazon. Staples sell a pack of 25 for £11.26, Tesco sell similar HP glossy photo paper for £23 which consists of 100 sheets. It can also be bought from other leading supermarkets and computer stores. I personally think the price is fairly reasonable, considering the cost of developing photos at a photo store can be expensive.
Product Details Summary
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* Premium quality photo paper
* 60, 10 x 15cm sheets
* 240 g/m² weight
* Pre-cut on three sides with a perforated tear-off tab for easy handling
* Looks like a traditional glossy photograph
* Optimised print quality and reliability with HP inkjet printers
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The pack of photo paper comes enclosed in a HP cover paper packaging. A sheet of A4 HP photo paper measures 10x15cm (6"x4") and is white in colour. Each sheet weighs 240 g/m² and has a tab at the side of the sheet making it easy to pick the photo paper up without smudging the colours. Each photo paper has a glossy finish that gives of slight shine on the white paper, however once photos are printed onto the sheets the gloss it a lot more effective and noticeable.
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The photo paper is easy to insert into the printer photo paper compartment and is easy to handle without having to worry about tearing or crumpling it up, as it is thicker than normal paper and therefore feels more durable. It actually looks a lot like photo sheets that professional photo companies would use, but cheaper in price.
I found that the printing process to be very easy and straight forward, insert the paper and then select the photo to print and press print. Once printed, as expected the print sheet was still a bit wet. However as the photo paper has some very handy side tabs, it makes it a lot easier to hold onto the photos straight from print without smudging the colours or ruining the print. The also enables me to print out photos a lot quicker as I can hold them by the tab and place them on a table and then print the next photo, instead of having to wait for the print is dry before handling them. The tabs are removable, therefore as soon as the photos are dry you can just rip the tab off, and then your left with a nice looking A4 picture.
The results are great, the paper is thick enough to ensure that it doesn't crumble or tear when the sheets are slightly wet. Once dry the glossy effect is great, there are no clogs of colour dripping off or seeping through, instead it holds the colour and ink very well. The gloss effect allows the quality of the photo to shine through, and in my opinion looks just like professional photos I would get from photo shops. The quality of print obviously depends on the printer itself, but the overall standard of the photo paper is very high from my experience.
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I am very happy with the HP Photo paper, as it is thick, good quality paper that adds just the amount of gloss to make photos look professional. It is also reasonably cheap, but due to ink costs and photo paper costs added together I tend to only print off photos occasionally. Therefore in conclusion I would happily recommend the HP photo paper and give it a rating of 5/5.
Nowadays, it is possible to print photos at home which look as good, if not better, than those which have been printed in a professional lab - that is of course, provided you have the correct printer, inks and equally importantly... paper.
HP produce a range of photographic printing papers, and 'Premium' represents their second best option, with the top of the range 'Premium Plus' being at the higher end of the scale.
The paper is fairly cheap, with the 100 x 150 mm (photo) size costing as little as £3 for a pack of sixty sheets from Amazon. The Recommended retail price is around £8, but everywhere seems to have slashed this right down at the moment.
This product is of a good thickness at 240 g/m2, and feels glossy and smooth to the touch. As with the Premium Plus variety, there is a specially coated back to prevent smudging when pages are stacked together, which is useful as the ink can take a few minutes to fully dry.
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To be honest, there is little to separate Premium Photo Paper from the more expensive Premium Plus variety. I think the real reason for the price differential between the two is due to the fact that Premium Plus has a longer fade resistance.
Colours look great, and the tonal range is beautiful represented. Prints can be handled without becoming too sticky, and it's a great paper all round. I'm not sure how good the results would be when used with other printer brands though, and it would be a case of experimentation. For the price I would highly recommended HP's Premium Photo Paper.
This product is premium quality photo paper with each sheet weighing 240 g/m² (which is quite heavy). It is pre-cut on three sides like normal paper but with a perforated tear-off tab down the fourth side so you can handle the print without touching the photo itself. It aims to give you a finished product that looks like a traditional glossy photograph and claims to be optimised print quality and reliability with HP inkjet printers.
What the manufacturer says about this product: (taken from their web site):
The HP Premium Photo Paper is designed especially for home users who want the look and feel of traditional photographs when producing reprints, enlargements or photos for sharing as well as business users for whom high quality, high impact outputs are vital. The traditional-quality 240 g/m2 weight gives your digital photos the feel of traditionally processed photographs and the glossy finish produces vibrant colours, deep, glossy blacks and realistic skin tones. Any prints produced with this paper will be perfect for keeping, framing or for sharing with friends or family. Also, the special coating means images stay clear and sharp even in humid environments.
What it is really like:
* This paper is a good heavy weight and feels like a 'proper' photo.
I like to have the option of printing A4 photos on my inkjet printer, though I have a smaller printer dock for ordinary quick snaps. If you want to do an enlargement to put in a frame then this is perfect. Even my pernickity husband couldn't tell the difference between a digital photo printed on this and a traditional photo.
* A whole A4 photo on my HP printer is not a quick thing. And it stays wet a while. so this paper has a really nifty extra edge which supposedly tears off when the pic is dry, but allows you to pick up the photo and put it somewhere safe whilst wet. Especially useful if your printer shoots paper out onto your desk. Great idea, but where the tear off bit is leaves a bit of a ragged edge when you tear down the perforations and I have to use scissors and a ruler unless I am putting the picture in a frame (which to be honest I usually am or I wouldn't be printing it as large as A4). Nice idea though.
* The paper holds ink well and doesn't bleed or anything.
It costs under £6 for 60 sheets which I think is pretty reasonable, though of course using ink jet on it costs a lot more in ink, which you have to factor into the cost of your photo.
I am really happy with it - I got given a free sample otherwise I don't think I would have bought it as other stuff is cheaper, but now I've tried ti I use it all the time. I do have an HP printer though - don't know whether that makes any difference and whether it would not be as compatible on other inkjet printers. Haven't tried it on a laser so can't comment but it is designed for ink jet.
The only thing I don't like about it is it is shiny, but you can't seem to get matt photo paper easily anywhere any more. Am I the only one who likes it?
In summary this is really good paper to have in the cupboard for occasional nice pictures you want to send someone or frame.
*also on ciao*
There's not much to say about paper, but I can say that printing out text is just as same as printing out with normal paper. Printing out photos does make a difference. I only use this for printing photos as it comes out great but don't print out too many as it wastes ink. When you print out on the glossy photo paper, you have to leave it for about 15 minutes to dry off (don't touch the paper as soon as it is printed). It is good printing out with the photo glossy paper because it exactly feels and looks like the photos you get developed from the shops such as Kodak.Buying these papers are not very cheap and are quite expensive. You do have to remember if you do buy this paper and print out photos frequently, then you will have to buy more ink cartridges more often as these papers are only for inkjet printers and they run out of ink quite quickly.
You can buy it any where from : pcworld, currys, dixons, misco, amazon all computers shops. Would cost about roughly £4-7