Excerpt: If you are serious about producing exhibition quality prints from your photographs, you need to consider fine art papers and that means pigment ink printing. HP was a latecomer to the fine art pigment printing game but less than two years on it now has an extensive range of pro and semi-pro pigment ink photo printers.
Conclusion: Chick Harrity has been playing in photojournalism for 51 years, 34 of them in Washington, D.C. His first staff job was in 1956 with his hometown newspaper, the Reading (Pa.) Times. He moved to New York City with The Associated Press in 1965 and worked in Albany and Chicago for a year each before moving to the AP Washington bureau in 1968. In 1981 he had a chance to try the magazine business at U.S.
Summary: The Photosmart Pro B8850 isn't a radical shift from HP's initial entry into the pigment ink printer market. HP wisely chose to whittle the right features from the B9180 to create an affordable, entry-level printer for photographers looking for archival-quality prints. While it lacks some of the glitz of Epson's Stylus Photo R1900, the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 is a strong offering with very good print quality on most paper types and the best black-and-white printing...
Excerpt: (1 items) The entry level of the archival-quality photo printer market is heating up right now, with the simultaneous release of Epson’s Stylus Photo R1900 ( ) and HP’s Photosmart Pro B8850. HP’s entry is a lower-priced version of the Photosmart Pro B9180 ( ), offering that model’s very good print quality and strong features (with a few intelligent omissions) at a lower price. The B8850 is a large printer, weighing nearly 40 pounds.
Pros: Supports thick fine-art media, Very good print quality, especially on matte and fine-art papers, Long-lasting prints on HP media, Good software utilities, Produces neutral black-and-white prints
Cons: Glossy prints show some bronzing, Slower than comparable photo printers
HP’s Photosmart Pro B8850 Inkjet Printer; A (More) Affordable Pigment-Ink Option
1 May 2001
Excerpt: Every year it seems that print quality gets better while prices come down. Oh, how I wish that applied to the high-end camera market! Pigment printers in the 13x19 desktop size have become the new standard for many photographers. Capable of 11x14 (and obviously larger) prints, they're a perfect match for the needs of most people, and the size and price is within range of many photographers.
Excerpt: HP's Photosmart Pro B8850 is a lower-priced version of the Photosmart Pro B9180 photo printer, offering that model's very good print quality and strong features (with a few intelligent omissions) at a lower price.