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: I took a chance when I bought this unit because I saw the bad ratings. I must say that I'm usually able to work with an HP product and get it to work. This is one of four HP Printers that I've owned in the last 5 years. I have an HP Color Laser (sucks because it doesn't print on heavy cardstock), an older HP color inkjet that was passed onto the kids, an HP Photosmart 8450 that I used to use before this, and this B8850.
Summary: As a disclaimer, I've only had this printer a few weeks, and haven't taken a lot of time to learn the ins and outs of it yet. However, I have to say, if you're an artist wanting to print on any weight of paper with any sort of substance, this printer isn't doing the job. It spits out nearly every type of paper I've put in, and some kinds it likes one day and not the next.
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. HP tech support is totally aware of this and offer absolutely no fix or understanding of the problem (after numerous hours on the phone with them!)this problem is being reported across the internet forums of DPREVIEW and NIKONIANS etc..
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. One of the few but repeated negative comments for this printer concerns the large usage of the expensive ink during start-up or during the "sleep" mode.
A good alternative to the HP B9180 for professional print artists
19 June 2008
Summary: The Photosmart Pro B8850 is a professional-grade printer from HP designed as a cheaper version of the HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer . It produces very high quality prints up to 13" x 19" using pigment ink printing, which results in much higher quality images than traditional ink jet or laser. If you have never heard of pigment ink, you probably do not need this printer.