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HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer
If you're a professional photographer or graphic artist looking for superior color management and control, as well as consistent quality, check out the HP Photosmart Pro B9180. Your gallery quality photos - color and black-and-white - will not only be waterproof, they'll resist fading for more than 200 years. And you can print on a wide range of media types, ranging from plain photo stock to high-quality media to 1-1/2mm thick paper.

It offers exceptional print quality - print gallery quality photos and archival fine-art prints with HP's pigment-based Vivera inks and get perfectly neutral gray tones and deep-black shadows in black-and-white photos. You'll get color accuracy, consistency, and control with the built-in color calibration and Adobe Photoshop plug-in. For efficiency and convenience, it lets you print at unrivaled speeds: get 13" x 19" photos in less than 1-1/2 minutes and 4"x 6 prints in just 10 seconds, and you can print on media up to 1-1/2mm thick - including stiff, prematted paper and canvas.

Crank out high-volume projects with HP's high-capacity individual ink cartridges, and take your pick of photo sizes, from passport to panorama to 13" x 19", with or without borders. Print in multiple sizes without swapping the paper in the main tray by using the front bypass tray and print customized orders - those requiring different paper types and sizes - with the multi-size tray. Take advantage of Ethernet networking using the built-in port, and navigate color management and printing with the HP Color Center tool.
  • Photo printer
  • Print technology: HP thermal inkjet
  • Black print speed: up to 28ppm
  • Color print speed: up to 26ppm
  • Black print resolution: up to 4800 optimized dpi color (up to 4800x1200dpi color when printing from a computer and 1200 input dpi)
  • Color print resolution: up to 4800 optimized dpi color (up to 4800x1200dpi color when printing from a computer and 1200 input dpi)
  • Display: LCD (2-line text)
  • Borderless printing: yes (up to 13" x 44")
  • Memory: 64MB
  • Real Life technologies: HP adaptive lighting, HP auto red-eye removal
  • Supported paper sizes: letter, legal, tabloid, executive, 3.5" x 5", 4x6 (with or without tabs), 5x7, 8x10, 11" x 14", 11" x 17", super B (13" x 19"), envelopes
  • Duty cycle: up to 1,000 pages
  • Paper handling: 200-sheet input tray, single-sheet specialty media tray
  • Networking: standard (built Ethernet)
  • Connectivity: 1 USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 26.5"L x 16.9"W x 9.5"H
  • Weight: 37.7lbs
  • Supported operating systems: Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; certified for Windows Vista(TM); Mac OS X v 10.3; Mac OS X v 10.4 or higher
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HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer
 
3.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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PRO FINE-ART QUALITY

This is my 6th HP photo printer in the last 12 years, and by far the most satisfying. I've owned it for several months, and have printed using the advanced photo paper satin...Read complete review

This is my 6th HP photo printer in the last 12 years, and by far the most satisfying. I've owned it for several months, and have printed using the advanced photo paper satin and gloss as well as the canvas and smooth fine art Hannemuhle papers. The canvas prints are jaw-droppingly beautiful when mimicking oils and watercolors (but be sure to dust off the edges to avoid voids created by canvas particles). The colors are identical to what I see on my monitor, and the range of Cyans and Blues in sky area are perfect, with no blocking or pixelization. Individual cartridges are long-lived. Sepia variations printed on the smooth fine art paper are gallery quality. The Photoshop plugin works almost flawlessly, and makes printing effortless. The added bonus of using the Advanced Photo Papers is that prints are virtually dry when they come out of the printer, and much less susceptible to dust and handling. CON: When adding border treatments in Photoshop, the print must be reoriented 90 degrees in order to avoid printing a fine line approximately 1/4" below the bottom horizontal edge of the print. The same is true of photos modified in Painter Essentials 3. But knowing this in advance, it's an acceptable glitch given the final results.

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Very Good Quality Print ... and that's about it

Print quality is very good, however many problems exist 1. Software problem: not sufficient drying time allowed - scratching occurs. One needs to remove each printed page to avoid scratching. Drying time...Read complete review

Print quality is very good, however many problems exist 1. Software problem: not sufficient drying time allowed - scratching occurs. One needs to remove each printed page to avoid scratching. Drying time cannot be adjusted manually. 2. Trying to print on media thicker that 1 mm caused the head to scratch the media surface. HP claims media up to 1.5 mm thick can be used. Overall, I do not recommend this printer

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5.0

Beautiful, long lasting prints

By CraigL

from San Jose, CA

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

My Photosmart Pro B9180 which has served me well for almost 3 years, printing hundreds of photos (typically 13x19 sheets) for framing. Early on it was a bit finicky and I almost returned it had it not for a software update which seemed to cure the paper feeding issues which were driving me up the wall. Since then it has worked like a charm and I love that it’s ready at a moment’s noticeâ€"not having to go through a lengthy cleaning procedure if I haven’t used it for a week or more. Here are a few pros and cons that I’ve found over the time I’ve owned it: Pros • Beautiful print quality in color and black and white • 200+ print life suitable for archival prints • Fast • *Ink cartridges last a long time and are not expensive (compared to similar class printers) • Heavily built and solid (so heavy that UPS dropped and broke two of them before I got a third one that was undamaged) • Tracks ink cartridge and head-life and compensates for clogged nozzles • Built-in colorimeter keeps itself calibrated against an internal reference Cons • Driver issues early on gave me a lot of headaches. I was running it on a Vista x64 machine (now Windows 7 x64) and it would often spit the sheet sitting in the manual feeder through, then ask for it to be inserted again, often caught in a loop. • Menus can be confusing (too many areas to set the same settings and it’s not clear if one setting overrides the other) • *Ink is used up during its daily cleaning procedure and even though it might be a miniscule amount, it can slowly drain the cartridges if not used for several months • Must be left plugged in and on (goes to sleep) in order to do its daily cleaning routine One thing to keep in mind after owning several similar printers (Epson and Canon) is that none of these are inexpensive printers to own. If you’re not going to use it the way it was meant to be used and just let it sit there, it’s probably a waste of money. The inks are not terribly expensive but multiplied by 8, they do add up. And using high-quality papers can be expensive as well. On the other hand, if you’re serious about photography and take time to learn how to get the best out of it, it’s a terrific printer.

 
1.0

B9180 POOR QUALITY

By bee7474

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

HP Photosmart B9180 printer is a great printer if you are rich enough to keep it going. I have printed about 40 13 x 19 photos and it not only tells me that I need new cartridges at a cost of 39.00 or so per each and it takes 8 of them, but that I also need 2 printi heads at a cost of around 65.00 dollars each and it takes 4 of those to fill it. The HP Photosmart 8750 does the same job and only uses three cartridges which include print heads at a cost of around 90.00 total. I am going to get rid of the B9180 and continue with the 8750 which is a real work horse. I have had it for several years and thought the B9180 would be an improvement. That was a mistake.

 
1.0

Horrible photo colors

By GailJane

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

I received this printer in July for my birthday. Since then I returned it and got a second printer because it wouldn't work. With this second printer I have yet to get a photo with good color. If I scan a photo the colors do not match the original. If I print from a file the colors are as if they were only on the surface of the paper. There is no depth to the photo and the colors don't even come close to the original. i have tried using my desktop and my laptop and have the same result with both of them. I am so upset with HP and this printer. I have numerous case numbers trying to get help with this problem and the agents have yet to come up with the answer. Also I can't print envelopes with it because in the print preview screen the return and delivery addresses are never in the place where I position them in word. Again I have tried both of my computer's and get the same result. I plan to return the printer again.

 
1.0

Printer a troublesome ink hog

By billyG

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

I have had this printer 18 months, bought it for the large photo capability printing. If you shut the printer off, there is a 10 minute wait once you power on to use the printer as it goes through various maintenance cycles. If you leave the printer "always on" then 3 times a day it goes through printer head maintenance and it uses up ink. The printer stops printing when "it" senses you are out of ink in a cartridge, even though it still has plenty of ink in the cartridge. I usually put in an older "empty" cartrige & I'm able to print a few more sheets. Paper constantly gets jammed. The printheads wear our quickly and are $70. each to replace, it uses 3 of them. HP raised the price of the cartridges from $33.95 to $38.95 so a new set of 8 cartridges cost $312. I read in PC World Mag where the ink is 5% of HP's total sales but it accounts for 95% of their profit. Sometimes the prints come out nice, sometimes they have banding problems and streaks. My 10 year old deskjet 722C puts this printer to shame. With regards to total cost of ownership, the printer is $699. and if you use 2 sets of ink cartridges in one year it's an extra $624 which totals to over $1300. for the first year. Unless you are on Forbes list of the wealthiest people in the world, stay away from this printer. It uses more ink than my 1971 Dodge Challenger Hemi burns gas.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

B9180

By YBE

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

Fantastic prints!!! Wish I could be here in 100-years to see the quality. Ink usage is major problem. It seems that just as I am ready to start a printing project, 1 to 3 inks have suddenly dried up. 2-days shot. 1-day to order 1-day to prepare printer. Needed--- 4-Step Forward Ordering System Since I am one of those who buys direct from HP I want HP to develop an ink-anticipation, forward-ordering system that: 1. Monitors my ink usage in real time against historic use 2. Develops an advanced ink-ordering plan that ships me fresh inks and cartridges prior to running out. 3. Automatically apply discounts that I am entitled to 4. Add an additional discount for doing this forward-ordering

 
5.0

Streaks on Print

By George281

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

I have been using this printer as my photo work horse for several years and the only problem I have encountered is a streak that has developed on one side of the print. The printer was out of warranty but HP provided me a trade-in upgrade option to replace my faulty printer with a factory refurbished unit at a fraction of the cost of a new one. Although there are probably other comparable products available, HP customer service has ALWAYS come through. It is easy to reach a real person and everytime they have worked to make it right, rather than make me jump thru hoops. NOTE: Aside from the streaking issue, the print quality is 5 stars. Aside from the streaking issue, this has been an outstanding printer. I generally print 5x7, but have used the art paper, canvas and other print media and each is excellent. Ink usage is much faster than indicated on HP's usage chart, but their online delivery service is fast and due to the volume of supplies I use, overnight shipping is generally free. Great product, service and delivery.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Poor handling & driver, good print quality

By Schittli

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

The B9180 prints in very good quality and on very heavy paper, but: » Driver • Why do we have to install 80MByte on Citrix just for a printer driver? • Where is the Driver for Windows 2003? • The Driver has 7 predefined configuration settings. We can not use any of them and have to define 3 new settings. Because the predefined settings can not changed and not deleted it's a mess for the user to select the right 3 out of 10 setting. • In the configuration register to pre-define settings you don't have the same possibility as in the manual settings register. Therefore you can not pre-define everything. Very bad. • To define the qualitiy its not possible to define the DPI. There are only Draft, Normal, Optimal and Maximal. » Handling • If you change the Paper-Format, then the Driver changes the Input bin. If you change the Input Bin then the driver changes the Print Quality. And so on. Its Crazy. • If the Manual Tray is open, you always have to put in the next sheet, otherwise the printer blinks and it looks like a problem. But how can I know which kind of paper the next job needs? We wouldn't choose this printer again because it is not user friendly.

 
4.0

B9180 after 1.5 years

By dbarton

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

I bought this printer for one purpose, printing on adhesive back vinyl. It has performed very well, ink is truly waterproof and UV resistant... exactly what I wanted. I have read all previous reviews and I agree, it does have quirks that none of my other 'old-reliable' HP's have had over the years. It doesn't feed some media without jamming, such as transparancies, but I have found way to fool it into working. No other printers I have are this finicky. If I didn't absolutely have to have waterproof printing, I would not have bought this printer. It's the only this keeping it in my office, but it's a big thing... not much competition out there. I definitely recommend buying an extended service plan. I bought one through HP (extends it to 3 years), that provides for an immediate next business day replacement shipped to my door if it breaks and cannot be resolved through tech support. HP has bought me two new printers in the past 1.5 years and it has been a breeze to deal with the process (phone support once and internet chat support the second time. I only print maybe 100 to 150 sheets per month, so obviously a printer shouldn't be so fragile. The first time it just stopped working. The second time the speciaty media door function would not work. I just noticed HP has come out with a little brother for this printer... the B8850. No reviews posted yet. Hopefully the reliability will be better.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Photosmart_9180

By wizard

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

This is an incredible printer, both for the features and the money. It is relatively easy to set up and operation is a snap. It gives you incredible photographs that are as good if not better than those from a pro photo lab on photographic paper. So far the ink is used conservatvely and the selection of papers is wide and varied. I have nothing negative to say about this device. No photo printer will give you better results for any amount of dollars. Only shortcoming may possibly be the lack of ability for roll paper, but in my case I doubt that I will ever exceed the 13x19 size available. Buy it!!!

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PRO FINE-ART QUALITY

By GLRPHD

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer:

This is my 6th HP photo printer in the last 12 years, and by far the most satisfying. I've owned it for several months, and have printed using the advanced photo paper satin and gloss as well as the canvas and smooth fine art Hannemuhle papers. The canvas prints are jaw-droppingly beautiful when mimicking oils and watercolors (but be sure to dust off the edges to avoid voids created by canvas particles). The colors are identical to what I see on my monitor, and the range of Cyans and Blues in sky area are perfect, with no blocking or pixelization. Individual cartridges are long-lived. Sepia variations printed on the smooth fine art paper are gallery quality. The Photoshop plugin works almost flawlessly, and makes printing effortless. The added bonus of using the Advanced Photo Papers is that prints are virtually dry when they come out of the printer, and much less susceptible to dust and handling. CON: When adding border treatments in Photoshop, the print must be reoriented 90 degrees in order to avoid printing a fine line approximately 1/4" below the bottom horizontal edge of the print. The same is true of photos modified in Painter Essentials 3. But knowing this in advance, it's an acceptable glitch given the final results.

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