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: 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.
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.
Summary: I hesitated before purchasing this printer because it's and eight cartridge CMYK and I'm accustomed to the two cartridge RGB printer. But I bought it anyway because I needed some of the features offered by this printer. I am really glad I did. The speed and quality have both surpassed my expectations. The only thing I would change would be access to the paper tray. On this printer you have to remove the receiving tray to acces the paper tray.
Summary: Best performance and features for the price. Inks are expensive though. However, this is the case with most pigment based printers. I haven't had to replace any yet because I haven't printed enough.
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. The HP 8850 coupled with the Vivera inks and certain HP papers is capable of producing prints that will survive for more than 250 years according to accelerated tests by Wilhelm Research [...
Summary: This printer is designed for the photo enthusiast who wants very, very high print quality, but doesn't want to spend top dollar on higher-end models such as the HP 9180. Thus the B8850 serves, in a way, in the same role as the Bentley used to serve for the Rolls-Royce: almost the same, but not quite. The differences between the two models, HP 9180 and HP 8850 are subtle, but significant and will be mentioned only in passing here, since this is a review of the HP 8850.
Summary: The first thing that you notice about this printer is its shear size. It is not merely big; it is huge. It is actually bigger than and as heavy as my old workhorse Laserjet II. Since the late eighties printers have been lighter and smaller every year. In this sense the 8850 is a throwback to an era of over-engineering. Given that the Laserjet II lasted in my law office for seventeen years, over-engineering is not necessarily a bad thing.