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HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180

alaTest has collected and analyzed 202 reviews of HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The print quality and performance are also mentioned favorably. The ink consumption and reliability get critical reviews. The paper handling and price get mixed views.

usability, performance, print quality, design, size

noise, reliability, ink consumption

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the print quality and design are overall positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the ink consumption and reliability.

usability, price, performance, design, print quality

noise, reliability, ink consumption

59% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Photosmart Pro B9180gp Professional, Network Enabled A3+ Digital Photo PrinterHP Photosmart Pro B9180gp Professional, Network Enabled A3+ Digital Photo Printer

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The design is also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability and price.

usability, design, size

price, reliability

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2017

Editor's Choice!

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

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer

 

The HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer prints superb photos on your choice of fine-art papers.

Maximum 13-by-44-inch paper. Fine-art papers available. Network connector. Photoshop plug-in.

Printing of photos and graphics on plain paper is subpar.

If you're serious about printing top-quality photos (or graphics, for that matter) at sizes up to 13 by 44 inches, the HP Photosmart Pro B9180 is a superb choice.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Rick LePage (pcworld.com)

Hewlett-Packard HP Photosmart Pro B9180

 

No need to swap matte and glossy black inks ; Great software bundle includes a Photoshop plug-in ; Ethernet and USB connectivity ; Efficient ink usage ; Prints neutral black and white images ; Great print quality on many different paper types

Printing with thick papers can result in slightly crimped edge

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: PCMag Staff (pcmag.com)

HP Photosmart Pro B9180

 

Preview of the HP Photosmart Pro B9180.

For additional information on Photo Printers and product reviews, please visit our Photo Printer guide.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Nikonians (nikonians.org)

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer Review

 

HP has succeeded in producing a line of archival inkjet printers that can easily compete with anything currently in the market place. This is an impressive accomplishment considering the fact that this is their very first entry into professional level...

May, 2013

Expert review by: The Luminous Landscape (luminous-landscape.com)

Expert Review

 

Both Canon and HP, on deciding to enter the pigment ink market saw this as an opportunity, and both have made sure that their new competitive pigment-ink-based printer lines hold both glossy and matte inks simultaneously. Canon's offerings use 12 inks,...

May, 2007

Expert review by: Ben Long (creativepro.com)

Review: HP Photosmart Pro B9180

 

This surprising printer delivers excellent, long-lasting output for the lowest price in its class.

In short, don't buy this printer. And if you do, never, ever call HP for support. It will be a complete waste of time

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Rick LePage (macworld.com)

HP Photosmart Pro B9180

 

Try as we might, we couldn't come up with any significant defects in the Photosmart Pro B9180. The only thing we didn't like is how the printer can sometimes crimp one end of very thick paper when fed through the manual-feed slot.

No need to swap matte and glossy black inks ; Great software bundle includes a Photoshop plug-in ; Ethernet and USB connectivity ; Efficient ink usage ; Prints neutral black and white images ; Great print quality on many different paper types

Printing with thick papers can result in slightly crimped edge

HP has been the dominant presence in the consumer and business printer markets, but it hasn't been as successful in the high-end photo market, which has more demanding users. Photographers, graphic artists, and imaging specialists want consistent...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: Jon Canfield (shutterbug.com)

HPâ-'s Photosmart Pro B9180; HP Tosses Its Hat Into The Fine Art, Pigment Ink Printer Ring

 

The included software (Windows shown here) lets you monitor printer status as well as perform maintenance, add profiles and custom papers, and calibrate your printer.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: TechRadar (techradar.com)

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 review

 

For printing on A3+, take a look at this HP monster

Robust build quality ; Low running costs ; Great colour and mono printing

£500 price tag could scare some off

The B9180 boasts battleship-like build quality for practically industrial levels of use, coupled with relatively inexpensive running costs. Great colour and mono printing all round.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: (goodgearguide.com.au)

Hewlett-Packard Photosmart Pro B9180

 

Colour calibrator, pigment-based inks, HP Printer Utility allows you to install custom paper profiles directly into the printer's driver, excellent prints with colours coming out almost perfect

It sometimes crimps one end of very thick paper when fed through the manual-feed slot

Try as we might, we couldn't come up with any significant defects in the HP Photosmart Pro B9180. The only thing we didn't like is how the printer can sometimes crimp one end of very thick paper when fed through the manual-feed slot. While we think...

Nov, 2007

Product Specifications

Get precise, long-lasting colors with HP Vivera pigment inks and HP scaleable printing technology. The latter is ideal for professional photographers, graphic artists and others whose livelihood and interests depend on superior color management and control, as well as durable and consistent quality. Produce waterproof, gallery-quality color and black-and-white photos that resist fading for over 200 years, plus fine art prints on an impressive range of photo and fine art media up to B+ size prints. The HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer delivers exceptional image quality and the best photo permanence on the market. HP Vivera pigment ink technology, combined with the printer's professional colors, enables accurate and consistent color reproduction. HP's third-generation gray ink is more neutral than ever before, allowing for exceptionally smooth transitions and detail. Eight individual high-capacity ink cartridges enable high-volume printing with efficient printing speeds - producing 4 x 6- inch photos in as fast as 10 seconds and 13 x 19-inch photos as fast as 1.5 minutes - ideal for professional photographers and advanced amateurs. Users can print exceptional photos on digital fine art media including canvas, photo rag, watercolor, stiff pre-matte and film up to 1.5-mm thick, as well as improved HP Advanced Photo Paper.

Certificates

Blue Angel certified: No
Electromagnetic compatibility:FCC Title 47 CFR, Part 15 Class B; VCCI-2; ICES-003 Issue 4; CISPR 22: 1997; EN 55022: 1998 Class B; CISPR 24: 1997+A1+A2; EN 55024: 1998+A1+A2; IEC 61000-3-2: 2000; EN 61000-3-2: 2000; IEC 61000-3-3: 1994+A1: 2001; EN 61000-3-3: 1995+A1: 2001
Energy Star certified: No
Safety:IEC 60950-1: 2001; EN 60950-1: 2001; UL 60950-1/CSA22.2 No. 60950-1-03; NOM 019-SFCI-1998; GB4943: 2001

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:16.9in
Height:9.2in/9.5in
Weight:37.7lbs
Width:26.5in/26.6in

Display

Display:LCD
Display Type:LCD

Energy Management

Power consumption (PowerSave):7

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Spain/United States
Localization:English/Spanish
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:Pro B9180
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart

Input Capacity

Envelope feeder:N
Maximum input capacity:200
Maximum input capacity for cards:Up to 60 cards
Maximum input capacity for envelopes:Up to 50 envelopes
Maximum input capacity for labels:Up to 50 sheets
Maximum paper trays:1 plus single-sheet specialty media tray
Paper handling standard/input:200-sheet input tray, single-sheet specialty media tray
Standard input capacity:200
Standard input capacity for cards:Up to 60 cards

Media Formats

Custom media sizes:Main Tray: 89 x 127 mm to 330 x 482 mm; Specialty Tray: 100 x 150 mm to 330 x 1117 mm (single sheet only)\nMain Tray: 3 x 5 to 13 x 19 in; Specialty Tray: 3 x 5 to 13 x 44 in (single sheet only)
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

Media Weight

Media weights by paper path:Main tray: 80 to 180 g/m2; specialty media tray: 80 to 800 g/m2 (1.5 mm thick)
Recommended media weight:80 to 800 g/m2

Memory

Internal memory:64
Maximum internal memory:64
Maximum memory:64

Miscellaneous

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

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type:Print server

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 40
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T):15 - 32
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 149
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 149

Other Features

Package dimensions (WxDxH):30.9 x 23.5 x 13

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:50
Paper handling standard/output:50-sheet output tray
Standard output capacity:50
Standard output capacity for cards:Up to 20 cards

Packaging Data

Package weight:49.5 lb
Package weight (imperial):49.5 lb
Quantity per pallet:14

Paper Handling

Media handling:Sheetfed
Paper handling:200-sheet input tray, single-sheet specialty media tray, 50-sheet output tray

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: No
I/O ports:1 USB 2.0
PictBridge: No

Power

Power consumption (PowerSave):7

Print Quality

Print quality (black, best quality):4800 x 1200
Print quality (black, draft quality):600
Print quality (black, normal quality):600
Print quality (color, best quality):4800

Print Technology

Color printing technology:Colorsmart /sRGB, Adobe RGB, ICM, Managed by application
Compatible ink types, supplies:Pigment-based
Duplex print options:None (not supported)
Maximum print length:18976.4
Print head nozzles:1056 ink nozzles per colour, 24 kHz maximum firing frequency
Printing colors:Cyan, Light cyan, Light grey, Light magenta, Magenta, Photo black, Yellow

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / USB
Language Simulation:PCL 3E
Max H-Resolution B/W:4800dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):13 in x 19 in/Super B (13 in x 19 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):27ppm/28ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):25ppm/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

Print speed (black, best quality, A4):2.5
Print speed (black, draft quality, A4/US Letter):28
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):4.5
Print speed (color, draft quality, A4/US Letter):26
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):4

RAM

Installed Size:64MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Sound Emission

Acoustic power emissions:5.7 B(A) (printing at 2.2 ppm)

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; Mac OS X v 10.3; Mac OS X v 10.4 or higher; Linux (see http://)
JetDirect Compatible Products:N
Minimum system requirements:Pentium II (or equivalent) or greater; 64 MB RAM (256 MB recommended); 200 MB free hard disk space (450 recommended); SVGA monitor (800 x 600, 16-bit color); 4x CD-ROM drive; USB port and USB cable (not included); Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional; Internet Explorer 5.01 with SP2 or later; Adobe Acrobat 5 or higher recommended; Internet access recommended; networking features require a working ethernet or wireless 802.11b/g network
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:Mac OS X v 10.3.9 or greater; G3 processor or greater; 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended); 400 MB free hard disk space; USB port and USB cable (not included); SVGA monitor (800 x 600, 16-bit color); 4x CD-ROM drive; QuickTime 7.03 or later; HP Memories Disc Creator Software; requires CD writer and 700 MB of additional hard disk space; Adobe Acrobat 5 or higher recommended; Internet access recommended; networking features require a working Ethernet or wireless 802.11b/g network
OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.1.5 / Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional / Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Technical Details

Automatic paper sensor:N
Bundled software:HP Photosmart Premier software
Color management:Direct Adobe RGB and sRGB support, ICC color management, application-based color management, Densitometric closed loop calibration new drop detection system.
Control panel:LCD (2-line text) with backlight, qualitative fill levels of cartridges, menu button, delete button, OK button, select buttons
Dimensions (WxDxH):26.5 x 16.9 x 9.5
Euro pallet quantity:12
Fade-resistance (archivability, dye ink):200 years
Functions:Print
Interface:1 USB 2.0, 1 Ethernet
Maximum input capacity (photo paper):Up to 60 sheets
Maximum input capacity for 10 x 15 cm photographs:60
Maximum output capacity (photo paper):Up to 20 sheets
Maximum output capacity for labels:Up to 20 sheets
Maximum print length (imperial):44 in
Media size (tray 1):Letter, legal, tabloid, executive, 3.5 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in (with or without tabs), 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, 11 x 14 in, 11 x 17 in, Super B (13 x 19 in), envelopes
Media sizes supported (imperial):Letter, legal, tabloid, executive, 3.5 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in (with or without tabs), 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, 11 x 14 in, 11 x 17 in, Super B (13 x 19 in), envelopes
Media thickness (by paper path):Main tray: up to 15 mil; specialty media tray: up to 59.1 mil
Media types supported:Paper [photo, digital fine art media (DFA), coated, inkjet, plain], labels, cards (index, greeting)
Networking features:Via Ethernet port
Number of cartons per pallet:2
Number of layers per pallet:7
Package dimensions (W x D x H):30.9 x 23.5 x 13
Page yield identifier:PS9180
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H):48 x 40 x 96
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):48 x 40 x 96
Pallet size (EU):47.2 x 39.4 x 83.9
Pallet weight:737
Pallet weight (imperial):737
Photo proofsheets supported:N
Power Requirements:Input voltage: 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 5 Hz), 1 amp
Print head:4 (1 each photo black/light gray, matte black/cyan, yellow/magenta, light magenta/light cyan)
Print quality, vertical alignment accuracy:+/- 0.05 mm\n+/- 0.002 in
Print resolution (photo, best quality):< 4800 color (< 4800 x 1200 color & 1200 input)
Print speed (black, best quality, letter):< 2.5
Print speed (color, draft quality, letter):< 26
Print speed (color, full page, draft quality, letter):>30s
Print speed (color, full page, normal quality, letter):>110s
Print technology:Inkjet
Product dimensions when open (LxWxD):26.5
Service & support:http:///support
Size:26.5
Skew:+/- 0.006 in
Standard input capacity for legal:Up to 200 sheets
Standard input capacity for legal:Up to 200 sheets
Standard input trays:2
Standard output capacity for labels:Up to 20 sheets
Standard output capacity for legal:Up to 50 sheets
SureSupply connection type:Direct and Network
SureSupply software driver:Y
SureSupply supported: Yes
Technical features:HP Adaptive Lighting, HP Auto Red-eye Removal
Vivera inks supported:Y
Weight:37.7 lb
Weight (imperial):37.7 lb

Weight & Dimensions

Maximum dimensions (W x D x H):26.5 x 28 x 9.5
Package weight:49.6
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H):47.2 x 39.4 x 83.9
Pallet weight:738.5
Weight:37.7