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HP Photosmart B8850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of HP Photosmart B8850. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the print quality and reliability. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas views are divided on the size. There are some less positive views about the ink consumption and noise.

performance, usability, design, reliability, print quality

price, noise, ink consumption

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP Photosmart B8850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HP Photosmart B8850

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of HP Photosmart B8850 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk.

0% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Printer Q7161AHP Photosmart Pro B8850 Printer Q7161A

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HP Photosmart B8850

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of HP Photosmart B8850 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and reliability. The design and performance also get good reviews, whereas many are less positive about the ink consumption and size.

usability, performance, design, reliability, durability

price, noise, size, ink consumption

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Fotodrucker A3+ 6.0 Foto / Minute 4800 dpi USB 2.0HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Fotodrucker A3+ 6.0 Foto / Minute 4800 dpi USB 2.0

Apr, 2018

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : M. David Stone (pcmag.com)

HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer

 

File the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer ($549.99 direct) under pleasant surprises. In theory, it's the next-generation replacement for the Photosmart 8750 Professional Photo Printer, a model that printed good, but not great, photos and suffered...

Superb photo output at sizes up to 13 by 19 inches. Fine art papers available.

Photos and graphics on plain paper are disappointing.

The HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer makes it easyand affordableto print high-quality photos at up to 13 by 19 inches.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Rick LePage (pcworld.com)

Hewlett-Packard Photosmart Pro B8850

 

Supports thick fine-art media ; Very good print quality, especially on matte and fine-art papers ; Long-lasting prints on HP media ; Good software utilities ; Produces neutral black-and-white prints

Glossy prints show some bronzing ; Slower than comparable photo printers

May, 2008

Highly Recommended!

Expert review by : Jon Canfield (photographyblog.com)

HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Review

 

Following hot on the heels of the popular Photosmart Pro B9180 13 inch / A3 photo printer, HP has just introduced a lower price model, the B8850, that will appeal to enthusiasts who don't need all of the features of the B9180. The HP B8850 was...

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Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (reviewed.com)

HP B8850

 

A high end printer capable of handling a variety of print sizes

Good color accuracy; Good color accuracy; Good detail performance; Good detail performance

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (printerinfo.com)

HP Photosmart B8850 Photo Printer Review

 

A high end printer capable of handling a variety of print sizes

Good color accuracy; Good color accuracy; Good detail performance; Good detail performance

The B8850 turned in a creditable performance overall, with good looking, sharp prints with accurate color. But it was somewhat noisy while doing so; there is a lot of clanking and thumping from the printer itself while printing.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Andrew Darlow (popphoto.com)

Hands-On: HP Photosmart Pro B8850

 

Oh, the prints you'll make

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Chick Harrity (digitaljournalist.org)

HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Printer

 

I reviewed HP's first 13" x 19" pigment ink printer, the Photosmart Pro B9180, a little over a year ago and was impressed with both its print quality and its price point

So the good news is that if you're looking for a new 13" x 19" pigment ink printer, you now have two choices from HP to add into the mix with Canon's and Epson's offerings

May, 2008

Expert review by : Rick LePage (macworld.com)

Review: HP Photosmart Pro B8850 printer

 

The HP Photosmart Pro B8850 photo printer is a strong offering with very good print quality on most paper types and excellent black-and-white printing capabilities.

The B8850 is a large printer, weighing nearly 40 pounds. It has a 200-sheet paper tray and a single-sheet, manual-feed tray with a straight paper path, both of which are capable of handling paper from 3.5 by 5 inches up to 13 by 19 inches. It uses...

May, 2008

Expert review by : Rick LePage (creativepro.com)

Review: HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Printer

 

How does this $550 inkjet printer compare to the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 and the HP Photosmart Pro B9180?

I am just wondering if the Photosmart B9180 might have this same exact problem since they both share almost the same technological printing process

May, 2008

Expert review by : Jon Canfield (shutterbug.com)

HPâ-'s Photosmart Pro B8850 Inkjet Printer; A (More) Affordable Pigment-Ink Option

 

Every year it seems that print quality gets better while prices come down.

May, 2008

Product Specifications

Battery life can be extended by up to six hours with the addition of the uniquely designed HP Extended Life Battery to your HP business notebook. The HP Extended Life batteries allow you to stay productive longer without adding significant weight and also offer the convenience of charging while the notebook or tablet is docked. The HP Extended Life Batteries are the perfect solution for the "corridor warrior" that requires extra battery life for those long meetings but still values the benefits of docking. With HP Business Notebook battery solutions you can plan for all-day computing and work as if you've never left the office.

Battery

Installed Qty:1

Certificates

Blue Angel certified:
Electromagnetic compatibility:
Energy Star certified:
Safety:

Consumables

Compatible ink types, supplies:Pigment-based

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:16.9in
Height:9.5in
Weight:37.7lbs
Width:26.5in

Display

Built-in display: No

Endurance

Maximum duty cycle:1000

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Acoustic power emissions:5.7 B(A) (printing at 2.2 ppm)
Energy Star certified: Yes
Power consumption (off):
Power consumption (typical):
Power Source:Mains

General

Product Type:Notebook battery
Subcategory (AG):Batteries

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:Extended Life Battery/Pro B8850
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP/HP PhotoSmart

Input Capacity

Envelope feeder:
Input capacity for envelopes (primary tray):
Maximum input capacity:
Maximum input capacity for cards:
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Maximum input capacity for labels:
Maximum paper trays:
Paper handling standard/input:
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Standard input capacity for cards:

Media Formats

Custom media sizes:
Recommended media:
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Media Weight

Media weights by paper path:
Recommended media weight:

Memory

Internal memory:
Maximum memory:

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type: None

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity range:
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):
Recommended humidity operating range:
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T):
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Storage temperature range (T-T):

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Certified for Windows Vista, Mac OS 10.3.9 or higher
Package dimensions (WxDxH):
Power Requirements:Input voltage: 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 5 Hz), 1 amp
Print quality, vertical alignment accuracy:+/- 0.01 in
Standard input trays:1

Output Capacity

Duty cycle letter size (maximum):
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Packaging Data

Package weight:
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Paper Handling

Borderless printing:
Custom media sizes:Main Tray: 3 x 5 to 13 x 19 in; Specialty Tray: 3 x 5 to 13 x 44 in (single sheet only)
Duplex print options:None (not supported)
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A3, A3+, A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B4, B5, B6
Maximum print area:A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
Maximum print size:A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
Media handling:
Media types supported:Paper (photo, Digital Fine Art media (DFA), coated, inkjet, plain), labels, cards (index, greeting)
Paper handling standard/input:200-sheet input tray, single sheet specialty media tray
Recommended media weight:80 to 250 g/m2
Standard media sizes:10 x 15 cm (with or without tab), 10 x 30 cm, 13 x 18 cm, A3, A3 Plus, A4 (including panorama), A5, A6, Super B (33 x 48 cm), B4, B5, E, L, 2L, Hagaki, Ofuku Hagaki, A2 envelope, C6 envelope, DL envelope

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing:
Export file formats:PCL 3 GUI
I/O ports:
PictBridge:
USB port:Y
USB ports quantity:1
USB version:2.0

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Acoustic power emissions:5.7 B(A) (printing at 2.2 ppm)
Energy Star certified:Y
Power consumption (typical):35
Power Source:Mains

Print Quality

Maximum duty cycle:
Print quality (black, best quality):
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Print Technology

Compatible ink types, supplies:
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Maximum print length:
Maximum Resolution:4800 x 1200
Number of print cartridges:
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing colors:
Standard printer languages:

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:USB
Language Simulation:PCL 3E
Max H-Resolution B/W:4800dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):Super B (13 in x 19 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):28ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):26ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1200dpi
Media Type:Cards / Coated paper / Fine art paper / Labels / Photo paper / Plain paper
Output Type:Color
Technology:Ink-jet
Total Media Capacity:200sheets
Type:Photo printer

Printing

Duplex printing:N
Print speed (black, best quality, A4):
Print speed (black, draft quality, A4/US Letter):
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Print speed (colour photo, best quality on photo paper, 10x15):
Print speed (colour photo, draft quality on photo paper, 10x15):
Print speed (colour photo, normal quality on photo paper, 10x15):

RAM

Installed Size:64MB

Scanner

Type: None

Scanning

Export file formats:

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Bundled software:HP Image Zone software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh

Sound Emission

Acoustic power emissions:

Storage

Card reader integrated:N

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:
JetDirect Compatible Products:
Minimum system requirements:
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:
OS Required:Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Technical Details

Acoustic pressure emissions:
Automatic paper sensor:
Bundled software:
Color of product:Black
Control panel:
Dimensions (WxDxH):
Envelope feeder:N
Euro pallet quantity:
Exifprint supported:
Fade-resistance (archivability, dye ink):
Functions:
Interface:
JetDirect Compatible Products:N
Maximum input capacity (photo paper):
Maximum input capacity for 10 x 15 cm photographs:
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Maximum output capacity for labels:
Maximum print length (imperial):
Media handling:Sheetfeed
Media size (tray 1):
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Media thickness (by paper path):
Media types supported:
Media weights by paper path:Main tray: 80 to 250 g/m2; specialty media tray: 80 to 380 g/m2 (0.7 mm thick)
Network ready:
Number of cartons per pallet:
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Package dimensions (W x D x H):
Package weight (imperial):49.5 lb
Page yield identifier:
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Size:
Skew:
Standard input capacity for legal:
Standard input capacity for cards:Up to 60 cards
Standard input capacity for legal:Up to 200 sheets
Standard input trays:
Standard output capacity for cards:Up to 20 cards
Standard output capacity for labels:
Standard output capacity for legal:
Supported media weight(s):
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SureSupply software driver:
SureSupply supported:
Technical features:
Video action printing supported:
Vivera inks supported:
Weight:
Weight (imperial):37.7 lb
Wireless Technology:

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:16.9
Height:9.5
Maximum dimensions (W x D x H):
Package depth:23.5
Package height:13
Package weight:
Package width:30.9
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H):
Pallet weight:
Weight:
Width:26.5