Reviews and Problems with HP Photosmart C5180 All-in-One
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Worse printer ever. GET A LIFE HP! Terrible. Waste of money.
23 June 2011
Summary: Worst printer ever. If you try to use aftermarket ink cartridges, the machine will drive you nuts, at least that's what mine did. It got to a point where it would refuse to print a job unless I restarted it and after restart immediately print the job that I wanted to print. Nothing but problems, when it worked it printed nice, even with the generic cartridges, but boy did it put up a fuss if you kept generic cartridges in it.
Summary: The C5180 printer is an excellent piece of hardware. It prints accurately, with good colour and is fast. I have not done much copying, but when I have, it does this well too. Unfortunately, when it comes to scanning, it is dire - truly dire. As I have read on numerous sites, HP markets excellent printer hardware, but the accompanying software is regularly woeful. Unfortunately for me, the C5180 is exactly one of those combinations.
Summary: Setting up was easy. The printer worked fine once installed, but after two weeks problems arose, probably after no more than 50 or so printouts. Constant error messages resulting from paper feed problems, still not resolved after several wasted hours following remedial procedures. Looks very much like a hardware problem which will lead to returning the printer to the supplier - leaving me temporarily without a printer and deeply frustrated and suspicious of what the...
Summary: I have had quite a few HP printers over the years and they have all been very reliable producing good quality prints. Unfortunately this one is a total disaster. Where do I start? It makes the most dreadful noise ...whirring away for no reason. If one of its many ink cartidges is empty .... it won't operate .... not even scan. The software for network use is enormous ....and creates all sorts of strange error messages on your PC ...
Summary: From the day I bought my C5180 wouldn't print until you'd fed the paper at least 3 times. I contacted the email support "team" - they emailed me a nonsense 5 step (1 hour check) to troubleshoot the problem. As far as I can gather it is due to poor design; on the support website it actually states "there must be between 10 and 25 sheets of paper in the tray" to avoid this problem. GREAT I have a 100 sheet printer that is actually a 15 sheet printer.
Summary: This all in one looks the business and prints really well. Thats as good as it gets. This product could be outstanding if HP left it to someone else to write the driver software....its full of bugs and just doesn't work as it should or says it does. Before you buy just spend two mins of your time and Google "HP all in one software probs/conflicts" you will find yourself enough reading for the rest of your days.
Summary: I bought this printer and knew that printer drivers for OS.X 10.4 were patchy, as well as 10.5 would be delivered later. Now six months after the release of OS.X 10.5 and the new drivers in January NOTHING works. - The printer itself is great: o.k. scanning, economical printing, nice features. BUT, if you are trying to use OS.X and printing over your local network: just forget it. It is not worth the trouble. The driver support from HP is really not what is should be.
Summary: I have had a similar experience to most of the others who posted here. I have, until now, had a very positive view of HP products - but I suppose every firm produces a turkey once in a while and as Christmas is coming, perhaps this was HP's seasonal intention. I installed the C5180 as an Ethernet network scanner (not USB) for a client of mine who has nine desktop PCs on the network.
Nice printer, but Windows software is buggy rubbish.
27 November 2007
Summary: I bought this a few weeks ago. Wish I hadn't. If you want a scanner that you can access over the network, go elsewhere. When connected through the Ethernet port I can print fine from Windows/XP Pro, and I can print and scan from a Mac and from Linux. I can print from Solaris (didn't try scan). I can scan from Windows via a USB connection. The one thing that doesn't work properly is scanning over the network to/from a Windows PC.
Summary: This is a really nice looking printer and is a capable printer. If all you wanted was a cheap networked printer - look away now. i'm giving it 3 stars because I had a lot of problems getting this to work, but once you get the scanner working, its a dream of a printer - but heres the question - are you prepared to put the effort in to work around software problems that HP should have ironed out before you got the printer?