The independent capabilities of the Photosmart Premium Fax AIO are one of its best selling points. The onboard card reader is capable of reading most memory cards, including CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultimediaCard, Secure Digital High Capacity Card, and xD-Picture Card. With Bluetooth support and a USB port even more computer separate functionality is added. And printer options are easily chosen via the control board, allowing everything from two-sided printing to red-eye removal and photo touch-ups.
Hooking up the printer couldn’t be simpler. With support for multiple operating systems including Windows XP (SP1 or higher 32-bit), Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit versions), Mac OS X v 10.4, Mac OS X v 10.5, and Linux, the Photosmart Premium is capable of easily integrating with most home office systems. There are also a variety of methods available for hookup, the easiest being though a USB 2.0 port, but the printer can also be connected wirelessly via network router, through a secured 802.11g connection, and through an Ethernet port in the rear, all of which the supplied setup CD walks the user through the process step-by-step. Although some users have reported difficulty in implementing wireless integration with their systems.
In addition to the setup software, the Photosmart comes with HP’s Photosmart Essential software. Photosmart Essential is a free photo editing, organizing, printing and sharing software available for Windows XP & Vista users. Mac users will need to download HP Photosmart Studio from the HP website for the Mac capable equivalent. The free software provides many advanced features for PC users above and beyond that present in the printer itself. Photosmart Essential and Photosmart Studio allows for importing photos from digital devices, photo editing software, design software with templates for cards, calendars, labels and more, and the ability to share photos online or via email through an easy to use interface. While the free software doesn’t have the functionality of professional software packages, it does extend the printer's usability by a significant amount.