Summary: Not sure how good the "rival" Epson printer is but it has its work cut out.
Pros: Very nice printer. I purchased the spyder color studio to go with this so I can print exact from monitor to paper and it's flawless. Very very nice printer. Over 4,000 prints so far and not one problem.
Cons: Large and heavy, which isn't a bad thing, really.
Summary: The 2-star rating is based upon my experience with HP's tech support for this printer, not on usage of the device. I am considering purchasing this product, and in doing pre-purchase research read a lot of reviews including a tech review in MacLife.
Summary: I'd have to say I'm really impressed by the quality of print from the HP Photosmart Pro. I've been a graphic designer for 15 years and have always struggled to match my print to what I see on my screen. I'm pleased to say that this printer gives me a great print at a nice price.
Summary: I haven't taken delivery yet but thought I would explain why I chose the B8850. I want to print my lifetime photo collection for my family members and their descendants. So I was interested in long lasting prints.
Summary: This printer does not work with Photshop CS3 despite HP's sales hype...in particular it does not work with a color managed workflow (where photoshop manages the color) and that is very important to anyone using icc profiles etc.
Summary: This is my first experience with large format printing. This is impressive. After setup and some time on the learning curve, the printer is everything I wanted. Sharp, accurate, great color. The ink is expensive, but the pictures look great. A great time to get into the big picture.
Summary: I rarely if ever purchase technology, particularly photo or imaging related technology, that I haven't used before or seen work before. That's the case with this purchase. I like the quality of the prints it produces at a variety of different sizes.