HP Tango Review
Pros: Decent resolution, easy set-up, several print dimensions/ papers
Cons: Inconsistent colors, poor dynamic range, expensive cost per print
Compare to Similar Products
|Price||$150 List||$800 List|
$799.99 at Amazon
|$500 List||$350 List|
$349.99 at Amazon
|Pros||Decent resolution, easy set-up, several print dimensions/ papers||Many print dimensions, several print mediums, low-cost prints, high image fidelity||Low cost per print, many print mediums, competitively priced||Consistent color, easy set-up, broad format options||Easy to use, decent resolution, prints common sizes|
|Cons||Inconsistent colors, poor dynamic range, expensive cost per print||Physically large, pricy||Difficult to set up, no roll paper, big footprint||Microbanding in grayscale, relatively low definition in dark areas||Microbanding in larger formats, off skin tones, over saturation|
|Bottom Line||This model's competitive price and print capabilities are blemished by the below average print outcomes||This comprehensive printing machine delivers professional results, making it an easy pick for dedicated photographers||If you want a full-size printer but don't want a full-size price tag, this unit is worth checking out despite the set-up hassle||This low-cost, full-sized machine delivers high-end results||An easy to use mid-size printer at a good price|
|Rating Categories||HP Tango||Epson SureColor P700||Canon PIXMA Pro-200||Expression Photo...||Canon PIXMA TR4520|
|Black And White (35%)|
|Print Capabilities (15%)|
|Operating Cost (10%)|
|Set Up (5%)|
|Specs||HP Tango||Epson SureColor P700||Canon PIXMA Pro-200||Expression Photo...||Canon PIXMA TR4520|
|Resolutioin (dots per inch)||4800 x 1200 (color)
1200 x 1200 (b&w)
|5760 x 1440||4800 x 2400||5760 x 1440||4800 x 1200|
|Max photo deminsions (inches)||5" x 7"||13" x 129"||13" x 39"||13" x 44"||8" x 10"|
|Cost per print (4" x 6" or mini print)||$0.94||$0.37||$0.38||$0.45||$0.58|
|Machine deminsions (HxWxD inches)||3.58" x 14.84" x 8.11"||20.19" x 14.44" x 7.34"||25" x 14.63" x 7.75"||6.3" x 18.7" x 14.5"||7.5" x 17.2" x 11.7"|
|Printing technology||Inkjet||Inkjet (Piezo DOD)||Inkjet (Theromal DOD)||Inkjet (Piezo DOD)||Inkjet (Theromal DOD)|
|Print time per 4" x 6" (or mini print)||46 seconds||83 seconds||66 seconds||34 seconds||128 seconds|
|Color palette (ink cartridges)||Black, Tri-color||Cyan, Light Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Vivid Light Magenta, Yellow, Gray, Light Gray, Violet, Photo Black and Matte Black||Black, Gray, Light Gray, Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray, Red||Black plus color cartridge|
|Memory cards supported||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ink type||Pigment-based (black); dye-based (color)||Pigment-based||Dye-based||Dye-based||Pigment (black) and dye-based (color)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi||Hi-Speed USB 3.0 (1 port), 100Base-T Ethernet (1 port), 2.4 GHz (802.11n) and 5 GHz Wireless (IEEE802.11 b/g/n/ac)6, Wi-Fi Direct 6, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Epson Print Layout for iOS||Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet (10/100), Wireless1 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, 2.5/5.0GHz), Wireless PictBridge||iPad, iPhone and Android tablets, Alexa and smartphones; Ethernet networking, andard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB, USB Host, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n5, Wi-Fi Direct 5, Ethernet 10/100
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n wireless networking, 2.4 GHz)
|Operating system requirements||macOS 10.11 or later
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, macOS 10.11 or later
|Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later; Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 (32-bit,64-bit)||Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.11.6 - macOS v10.15, 14 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile||Windows 10 8/8.1/Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit , 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 — macOS 10.12.x6
|Windows:20 Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac:21
Mac OS X v10.10.5 - macOS v10.13 (High Sierra)
Mobile Operating Systems:22 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile, and Fire OS (Amazon Fire) devices
|Scanner||Yes (feed)||No||No||No||Yes (bed and feed)|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The HP Tango is a compact and aesthetic machine. It's a bit bigger than a loaf of bread, making it easy to store if desktop space is at a premium. The low price and variety of paper it can print on makes it attractive as well. However, our test revealed a machine that has a high long-term operating cost. More concerning, this printer had inconsistent results in the larger formats, and across the board in black and white.
We always like to get more bang out of each buck spent, so we definitely like the affordability of this machine. We also like options. This machine prints in formats ranging from 3" x 5" to 8" x 14". Additionally, it will accommodate paper types from plain printer paper to glossy to matte and more.
Another aspect of the Tango's design that we enjoyed was the ease of set-up. Some printers are a real pain to get up and running but not so with this model. Using the app was simple and quick. We were printing in no time.
Photo printers are all about printing photos. So, we were left scratching our heads when this machine pumped out wildly inconsistent results, particularly in resolution and toning. The cast of the black and white images varied from sepia to hints of magenta. Additionally, the colors were often over-saturated, particularly in blue.
Another concern is the long term cost of running this machine. We broke our estimates down to a price per 4" x 6" print, and the Tango came in quite high at 94 cents per photo. That'll add up pretty quick.
While the up-front cost of the HP Tango is quite appealing, the machine does not follow through with prints of a consistent quality or long-term savings. As such, we can not say that this machine is a good value.
The HP Tango has a nice look, a competitive price point, and lots of printing options. However, we were frustrated with its wildly inconsistent outcomes. From over-saturated color prints to shifting color casts in grayscale, the machine was unpredictable. For the money, there are more reliable machines on the market.
— Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer