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. I recommend having a good supply of the relatively expensive ink cartridges available in the most often used colors.
Summary: This was my third HP printer. My previous experience with HP printers was quite good with an excellent print quality, easy availability of inks (always a concern) and solid construction that rarely displayed problems. The Photosmart Pro B8850 which uses pigment ink printing produces high quality presentation prints. I used it with my Nikon D200 camera and some of the results were astonishing.
Summary: i have been waiting a solid 29 minutes listening to this printer make noise, trying to initiate a print of some 8 lines of type. so far its not ready to do it yet. this is the slowest machine ive ever owned. i got this printer to avoid the hassles of constant cleaning and horrid print quality that came with my brand new epson and its' clogged everything. at first i was happy with it because it could actually print! and the prints on the hp photo paper looked pretty good.
Summary: Purchased this photo printer from a business in L.A. which promised it 'like new.' It was. Even though it was shipped without the shipping block in place to protect the print head, it works perfectly. Reading previous reviews said ink was wasted when ink jets were cleaned. I have not noticed this con issue. The printer cleans itself at a pre-determined time (a short but noisy process); I suggest cleaning time be set for nighttime when you are asleep in another room.
DO NOT BUY THIS PRINTER or anything else from Buy.com
8 January 2011
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS PRINTER, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A MAC. HP's print driver for MAC does not allow for low ink alerts and the printer stops working when an ink cartridge is out (there is no override). The ink levels in the print utility are way off (up to 50%) so I am forced to have all 8 ink cartridges on hand (at $40 each). Buy.com will not return my emails even though the printer is under warranty and they have no telephone number. Amazon takes zero responsibility.
Great quality, difficult to use, will wake you in the middle of night
Tom Whitnah, Amazon
28 May 2010
Summary: So I'm writing this now after being very frustrated with one particular feature of this printer and want to warn any potential buyers who plan to keep this printer in the same room they sleep in. It auto-cleans itself 24 hours after last use, which I guess is useful, except that it means if you print something late at night or early in the morning, it will most definitely wake you up the next time you go to bed early or wake up late.
Summary: This is the third HP photo printer I have owned and the second large format printer. I love HP's print quality. It is always fabulous. When compared side by side with Epson and Cannon (which I did) HP always comes out on top. That being said. This printer is very noisy and shakes the whole printer stand when it prints. You have to manually feed the "specialty" papers in which is a pain.
Summary: I wanted to move up to a higher-level printer so I could print on fine-art papers at larger sizes than 8-1/2x11. Reviews for this printer were quite good (not just here at Amazon) and the price was good, so I bought it. I was very excited to make my first print but very disappointed when I saw the results. All prints exhibited a yellow color cast plus low saturation and print detail was not very good. I was comparing this to a much cheaper HP D7560 printer.
Summary: I'm a software developer who develops software for printers and while the hardware itself is certainly capable, HP's drivers are horrendous! I'll try to summarize in categories: (1) Print quality - print quality is pretty good but this is a pigment printer and gloss differential (sometimes called bronzing) is a problem. This printer simply cannot print true glossy prints like the Epson R1900. That said, you can get very good semi-gloss prints.
Summary: After one month of use I am very pleased with all aspects of this printer.... haven't run enough prints to need to replace any of the 8 ink cartridges yet (~ $32 each) so can't comment on ink usage. But the main criterion for a photo printer should be the quality of the prints and so far I am blown away.