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: 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: Setting up was easy, but learning to select the right options took some time. I use Photoshop CS3, so I have to choose application control when setting up to get perfect results. One problem was printing 8X10s on 8.5X11 paper. It stretched the image to the full paper size. This problem was solved by making the 8X10 to size and pasting it on a white 8.5X11 blank white image.
Summary: This printer is awesome for making clear, vibrant prints up to 13 x 19. It's easy to set up. It is large--you'll need a big space for it and noisy, but the pictures are worth it. I had a Canon 9900i previously and this printer does at least as good if not better job. I'm an advance amateur and like to print my pictures from Photoshop Elements at 8x10 or larger. The only detriment I've run into is that it doesn't like the cheap paper..
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. It's very affordable and convenient. The only con is that it's a little larger than I needed and takes up a little too much room in my home office.
Summary: I'm happy with this printer. I wanted a 13 x 19" printer and this one fit my budget. For me it's a long over do upgrade from my smaller HP 8250, which still prints beautiful prints. I've had no problems using it with Vista...I had it up and running in no time. Since I have PCS3, I let Adobe manage the colors for the printer and the prints are beautiful using Epson photo paper most of the time and other times HP photo paper.
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: Buy the B8850 and save about $125! What does the B9180 have that the B8850 doesn't? 1. And LCD status display 2. Built in Ethernet port 3. A metal paper tray 4. Can't print on quite as think paper If you can live without those things (and I can) then save yourself the extra money and get the B8850. It is essentially the same printer...perhaps even a little better as it has benefited from whatever refinements and upgrades came after the B9180 (like the sleep mode).
Summary: After receiving this printer, it took some time to hook it up to my computer running Vista. Apparently HP and Vista have some serious compatibility issues. But, in the case of the B8850 it can be done by changing a registry value, and the instructions are on HP's website. Unfortunately they are not on the quickstart instructions that came with the computer. It took several reboots and reinstalls and then investigation at HP's website to determine this.